Empowering our future leaders: Leadership, Management and Psychosocial Support training for nurses in Bangladesh

Written by Madison Hamblin

Here at World Child Cancer, we believe that healthcare is a right not a privilege. This is why we work to improve the availability of high-quality care for children with cancer.  

Localised Training

We are training Paediatric Oncology nurses in Bangladesh. This nursing training is for the community, by the community. We used peer-orientated learning to create a long-term sustained impact in management, leadership and communication skills for the nurses so that they can provide improved psychosocial support for the families. This is part of our mission to improve treatment, care and quality of life in Bangladesh for children with cancer as well as their families. 

Without effective communication, leadership and psychosocial support, nurses would not be able to provide adequate support to the cancer patients and their families. 

The course

19 senior staff nurses received leadership and management training through our support, and all of them went on to receive Psychosocial Support (PSS) from Megan Cruise, our Psychosocial Support Advisor, WCC, UK. Psychosocial support is crucial for healthcare professional to support their mental health when dealing with the difficulties of working with ill children. The nurses who received both leadership and management as well as PSS training further shared the knowledge and skills from the PSS training to 109 nurses at 6 partner hospitals. This enables the workshops we run have a wider effect through information sharing. This means that our work impacts more than just those who attend our workshops. 

 
As a result, these nurses have supported over 5600 families with improved psychosocial support. 

 

Feedback from the attendees

An evaluation of the leadership and management training at the end of the training presented an increase in the level of participants knowledge. The participants themselves found the training helpful and said the interactive learning method e,g, games and exercises made it easier for them to understand the topic and its importance. Another participant commented that the training enabled them to give the best care to their patients.  

We received fantastic feedback from the PSS training. The 86.67% commented that ‘all sessions were crucial for us’ and they left excited to share what they had learnt.

This improved level of confidence empowers these nurses, giving them status to share what they’ve learnt within their hospitals, and become the leaders we know they are 

We want to say a huge thank you to FCDO for making this possible 


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