By Annie Young, University of Warwick, England, United Kingdom. Conference Management Committee 2016, Corporate and Philanthropic Development Committee, Finance and Audit Committee.
What’s the C&PDC for?
- The Corporate and Philanthropic Development Committee seeks opportunities to bring in grants, donations or other revenue sources and potential long-term partnerships to support the work of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.
What have we, the members, been doing?
- 2015 has been a very busy time for the committee and the hard work continues into the New Year. Along with our magnificent President, Stella Bialous, we have been working hard to maximise grant and sponsorship opportunity. This has included a review of our materials to entice partners to work with us, and an update of the terms and conditions of such work. This has now been completed and we hope these updated documents will encourage the sponsor to make a commitment to ISNCC. Sponsorship is essential to be able to develop high quality educational materials and events. The negotiations required to secure funding can sometimes be lengthy and involves much detailed paperwork and contracts. However last year (2015), we managed to achieve 134% of the goals we set ourselves! The detailed negotiations are, of course, worth it when they translate into high quality education for the international nursing community and they are used.
- Several workshops have been developed and delivered in 2015 including cervical cancer training workshops in Lima, Peru with 23 participants attending from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, and Peru, and in San Salvador, El Salvador with 42 participants from Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. These events evaluated well and have generated further funding for a further event in Latin America and an expansion of this regional project in 2016 from other funding sources. Success breeds success!
- In addition to face to face training, online learning events have been developed. They are currently going through their final approval process; we have an online skin toxicity module which we hope to launch in Spring 2016. Similarly, a multiple myeloma module in English is ready, with translation planned, and further modules on Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia [ALL] and Immune thrombocytopenia [ITP], are near completion.
- We invite all members to let us know what is needed to help nurses meet the demands of practice. To contact us, please click here
So it’s been a busy year with much success. We hope to achieve similar success in 2016 and continue to seek funding for priority global cancer projects and indeed, sponsorship for our now annual meeting. The need to regularly engage with partners remains paramount, as is the need to remain alert to identify competitive grant opportunities.
The mission remains focussed. Last year we said goodbye to our ex-chair and longstanding committee member, Esther Green; huge thanks for her contribution and unstinting hard work. We are fortunate that she is still leading one of our projects in Central and South America on a training programme for oncology nurses on cervical screening.
In with the new – we were delighted to receive 6 applications from members wishing to join our committee and after a selection process; we have welcomed two new members from China and Nigeria, into the committee’s fold.
So we move into 2016 with fresh blood and renewed vigour. We will do our very best in both the ‘Corporate’ and ‘Philanthropic’ aspects of cancer care.