January 2018

First patient navigator course launched in India

Tata Memorial Centre, in collaboration with Tata Institute of Social Sciences and supported by Tata Trusts, is introducing a specialised academic programme in cancer care: KEVAT — An Advanced Diploma in Patient Navigation.

Please click here to read more about KEVAT

The applications are now open, and the last date is January 31.

The need

The health care system can be fragmented and uncoordinated, and dealing with it can be complex for patients and families. The main role of patient navigators is to guide patients through the health care system, thereby ensuring that they receive timely, effective and efficient care.

They help patients and their families understand diagnoses, treatment options and available resources. By assisting all sections of society, particularly vulnerable populations, to overcome barriers to health care access and bridge gaps in transitions of care, patient navigators can effectively contribute towards an efficient, equitable, and patient-centred health care system.

Programme summary

  • This course is one of the first in India to focus on an emerging patient navigation model that can be applied across all cancer care institutions. The navigators learn how to:
  • Help patients navigate complex health care systems
  • Be at the forefront of patient-centric care
  • Be part of the movement to apply the potential of patient navigation to improve health care systems in India

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the emerging patient navigation role and how it applies to various health care and social services settings
  • Become knowledgeable about the current health care climate and structure, including transitions of care
  • Understand how to communicate effectively with patients and families in a way that maintains dignity, autonomy and confidentiality
  • Learn how to engage with patients and families in a meaningful and productive discussion, i.e., be able to identify what can be done to improve patient experience and how to reconcile differences between what patients want and what health providers believe is right for them
  • Acquire skills to assess patient needs and outcomes, and evaluate own patient navigation practice
  • Understand confidentiality protocols, ethics in care, advanced directives, patient rights, etc.

A course meant for

  • Health care professionals seeking a career transition into patient navigation
  • Health administration or health allied professionals interested in expanding their scope of practice to include patient navigation
  • Individuals seeking to join the health care field as a patient navigator
  • Social workers, support groups and NGOs seeking a deeper understanding of their role and responsibilities
  • Clinicians or caregivers interested in learning about patient navigation

Who can apply

Any graduate / post graduate with a degree from a recognised institute / university and minimum 50% marks, preferably in medical social work, sociology, psychology or public health.

Course duration and fees  

  • It is a one-year, full-time, advanced diploma course. Following the successful completion of the first six months of course, students will graduate to a 6-month internship with a monthly stipend of Rs. 15,000
  • The total course fee is Rs. 18,000. Outstation candidates will be considered for accommodation (on twin-sharing basis) based on availability, and subsistence allowance may be provided

Career opportunities

All the collaborating institutes will provide excellent recruitment opportunities / platforms.

Note: The batch size is limited and has few sponsored seats.

Read more about the Patient Navigation programme

Applications are open. For registration, please visit https://cdn.digialm.com//EForms/configuredHtml/702/53052/Registration.html
Post the registration process, please visit https://cdn.digialm.com//EForms/configuredHtml/702/53052/login.html to complete the application

For queries, clarification and other details, please feel free to contact us at +91 8355971702 or 022 24177296. You may also write to us at platinumjubileekevat@gmail.com and visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KEVAT-A-patient-navigation-program-847489275438804/

Links for video bytes on KEVAT by Dr Rajendra A Badwe (https://tmc.gov.in/index.php/kevat-patient-navigator), Director, TMC, and Dr. C. S. Pramesh (https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=855696157951449&id=847489275438804)