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ESF 4.175: Capacity Building for Medical Physics Services in Malta

Project Cost: €3,455,008
Beneficiary: Department of Health
Line Ministry: Ministry for Energy and Health
Start Date: 2012
End Date: 2015

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

The project provided Masters Degree in Medical Physics at the University of Malta. Medical Students had to follow a two year clinical placement abroad to specialize in one major specialty: Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Nuclear Medicine or Radiation Oncology. The proposed training programme was approved by the European Federation of Organizations for Medical Physics.

Operational Programme: OPII Empowering People for More Jobs and a Better Quality of Life ESF
Fund: European Social Fund
Operational Objective: To strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of the public sector.
Priority Axis: PA4 Strengthening of institutional and administrative capacity
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIIPA4 Supporting Public Sector Reform
Focus Area of Intervention: OPIIPA4 Lifelong learning for the Public Sector

Project Objectives

• To develop a structured education and training programme for Medical Physicists to EU/EFOMP standards• To ensure that the medical physics profession in Malta will continue to grow and to provide the needed support to society and individuals. • To set up the basis for the establishment of the Medical Physics Department within MHEC and also for the private sector• To foster the quality of the services provided by the Health department ensuring that available techniques and equipment are properly used and optimised to support patients.

Project Results

The results of the project are as follows:Result 1: Shorten the E&T period as approved by the EFOMP and ‘Guidelines on the Medical Physics Expert’ from 4 to 2.5 yearsResult 2: Decreasing the HR gap for Medical Physicists and Medical Physics Experts in the local labour marketResult 3: Increasing number of Radiotherapy sessions Result 4: Increasing number of Nuclear Medicine sessions Result 5: Increasing number of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology sessions Result 6: Cost Saving per Student as from end of ProjectResults - Gozo- as a result of the higher number of medical physicists, offer services to Gozo in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology Medical Physics

Project Purpose

• Develop staff expertise through post-graduate training at MSc (EQF Level 7) in medical physics.• Build the required human capital required to sustain current developments in Health care including the New Oncology Centre at MDH and develop a Medical Physics department. • Maintain a high quality health care service to the Maltese Population up to European Standards.