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The Erasmus+ funded Cutting Edge Training project is now complete and resources can be downlmoaded from the project website www.cuttingedgetraining.nu

In our current European society, the number of patients that undergo appearance altering procedures that result in scarring and body form changes such as cancer, burns, limb loss, stoma formation, combat injuries, mastectomy, plastic & aesthetic surgery and from craniofacial and skin conditions is increasing. At the same time, these patients have very limited or non-existing access to psychological input and healthcare professionals report that they do not have the skills to provide adequate care.

This project has developed a training package for healthcare professionals who currently have limited or no access to information about the psychiatric and psychosocial aspects associated with appearance altering procedures. The project has also stressed the importance of a broader social dialogue about the need to promote positive attitudes towards diversity in appearance, thus enhancing the future social integration of those who are affected by appearance altering conditions