Illustration of the entrance of the Danish Centre for Particle Therapy (illustration: Hoffmann A/S).
The future management team for the Danish Centre for Particle Therapy has now been appointed. From 1 April 2016 the interdisciplinary management team will consist of Morten Høyer, MD, Head Consultant, Ole Nørrevang, Head Hospital Physicist and Dorte Oksbjerre Mortensen, Head Nurse. This team will be in charge of both the establishment of the particle therapy centre, its running and development.
The Danish Centre for Particle Therapy will be an independent department in the Cancer and Inflammation Centre at Aarhus University Hospital. The future management team will refer to the centre directors in the Cancer and Inflammation Centre and their task will be to implement the overall vision for the Danish Centre for Particle Therapy – offering access to reseach-based particle therapy for patients with cancer in Denmark and to be one of the leading centres for treatment of cancer by particle therapy. The first patients are expected to be treated in 2018.
The management team will have the overall responsibility for activities, budget, quality, patient safety, organisation and staff as well as development, research and educational activities in relation to the Danish Centre for Particle Therapy. This will be in close collaboration with the Professor, Department Chair of the Cancer and Inflammation Centre.
In the immediate future the management team will focus on recruiting staff with the necessary competences to ensure that the first patients can be treated in 2018. Moreover, the management team will focus on the process of preparing the actual particle centre, the organisation of the centre and its culture and collaborators as well as establishing and start using the new buildings that will host the Danish Centre for Particle Therapy. It will be a very important task for the new management to contribute to the establishment of a strong national and international collaboration at all leves to the benefit of patients with cancer in Denmark who are candidates for treatment with particle therapy.
The Danish Centre for Particle Therapy is a national centre for highly specialised radiation therapy currently being established at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark. Particle therapy is particularly useful in the treatment of both children and adults with particularly complex and sensitive tumours. The Danish Health and Medicines Authority has appointed Aarhus University Hospital to host this highly specialised function and it has been decided that treatment in Denmark can only take place at Aarhus University Hospital.
The Danish Centre for Particle Therapy will have an annual capacity of approximately 30,000 treatments, equivalent to approximately 1,200 patients and a total of approximately 120 full-time employees involved with patient treatment. Additionally, the centre will have externally financed researchers, PhD students and students within all relevant professions. The dynamic and interdisciplinary staff will comprise doctors, nurses, radiation therapists, radiographers, hospital physicists, technicians, secretaries and other profession
Centre Director Henrik Bech Nielsen, Tel.: +45 7845 0150