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Guy’s Cancer Academy as part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust provides high quality cancer education for healthcare professionals. In 2020 the Academy was approached by Karkinos Healthcare, an Indian start-up company, to provide blended cancer education spanning the entire patient pathway throughout their network. 

Karkinos had identified the fragmented nature of Indian cancer care and education, with many operators both public and private with little inter-connection. Karkinos positioned itself to provide a tech led network to help bring together the fragmented provision of cancer care in southern India.  This network has been designed to support all aspects of cancer care, including diagnostics, personalised care and R&D. A key element of this network is oncology education provided through a blended platform by Guy’s Cancer Academy in collaboration with Karkinos’ own education and training team. 

The partnership between Guy’s Cancer and Karkinos ensures that the education provided is fully aligned to Indian priorities and needs, and delivered using the latest learning science principles and technological advances. The blended package has an online element developed in the UK and face-to-face teaching delivered by our partner in India. This approach is scalable and allows both national and international expansion with local partners, quality assured by Guy’s Cancer Academy. This minimises business risk, whilst maintaining the highest standards of cancer education. 

This partnership will generate an additional income streams to the Academy, supporting the further development of cancer education for the Trust. It will also fund the development of online modules available to other audiences both within the Trust, more widely across the NHS, and also for an international audience. The partnership marks out the Academy as a truly international operator and places it at the vanguard of cancer education in fast growing vibrant country with an ever growing need for world leading cancer education.

Simon Hughes, Lead for Cancer Education and Training at Guy's and St Thomas', said:

"Our partnership with Karkinos Healthcare is a truly synergistic relationship, enabling us to co-develop culturally relevant digital and blended education packages that utilise the different skill sets available to each team. Our aim is to improve cancer outcomes through affordable / open-access education and training packages, at local, national and international levels – with a particular focus on low/middle income countries. Working with the Commercial Team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals has enabled us to focus on our strengths of designing and delivering education packages, whilst they have led on the contract and financial side. Without their expertise this project would have stalled at the contract stage.”