The goal of the I-KNOW-HOW project is to help employees diagnosed with cancer to remain in or return to work. During the launch event of this project experts in the field will share their knowledge and hands-on workshops will be provided.

Date: 27/08/2019

Location: Stropkaai 38 B, Ghent, Belgium

Registration: no entrance fee. Registration is required (registration link)

Target audience: employees with cancer, employers, HR professionals, managers (small to large companies), (para)medical professionals, job coaches, volunteers, patient experts, regional, national and EU policy advisors & politicians.


09:30 - 10:00 Welcome with coffee

10:00 - 10:25 I-KNOW-HOW: 3 promising tools to facilitate working with cancer - Juul Lemey & Elise Pattyn (Artevelde University College, BE)

10:25 - 10:50 Return to work of employees with cancer from an employer's point of view - Michiel Greidanus (Academisch Medisch Centrum Universiteit Amsterdam, NL)

10:50 - 11:10 Coffee break

11:10 - 11:25 Energizer

11:25 - 11:50 The jobcoach as partner with resources and obstacles - Lieven Gulinck (Emino, BE)

11:50 - 12:15 Lessons learned from a personal cancer journey - Colette Casimir (patient expert Sorbonne University Paris, FR)

12:15 - 13:30 Lunch break and networking

13:30 - 14:30 Inspiration and co-creation sessions: part 1*

14:40 - 15:40 Inspiration and co-creation sessions: part 2*

15:40 - 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 - 16:40 Panel discussion 'tackling challenges in working with cancer: an integrated view' - Moderator: Stijn De Baets (Artevelde University College, BE) & participants: Dominique Van De Velde (UGent, BE), Robert Greene (European Patient Cancer Coalition, NL), Sietske Tamminga (Academisch Medisch Centrum Universiteit Amsterdam, NL), Colette Casimir (patient expert Sorbonne University Paris, FR), Christel Witgeers (Emino, BE).

16:40 - ... Closing reception

*Two sessions can be chosen from the following list:

  • Supporting people with a cancer diagnosis – Kerry Evans & Michael O’Rourke (The Sara Lee Trust, UK)

The aim of this interactive workshop is to communicate the needs of clients who have been diagnosed with cancer.  We will do this by looking at the experience of cancer, fear, psychological impact of cancer and the concept of denial. The experience of cancer refers to the end of predictability, interruption of live and how a patient's 'assumptive world' is broken. Fear refers to maybe not having the chance to live the life they had planned. The psychological impact is often neglected. And last but not least, we focus on how denial can play an important part in the cancer experience and how to work with it.

  • The (para)medics perspective in the return to work-trajectory of employees with cancer – Bas van de Weg (rehabilitation consultant, NL)

In this interactive presentation, the medical, social, and psychological consequences of cancer (treatment) and the challenges faced by patients, (para)medics and employers when returning to work will be considered. In particular, the role of cognitive disorders leading to disability and impairment of participation is discussed. The possibility of interdisciplinary treatment focusing on attaining maximal autonomy and participation will be outlined, as well as practical tips for (para)medics and patients.Supporting people with a cancer diagnosis.

  • Supported Employment for Dummies – Mario Verzele & Karen Warson (GTB, BE)

How can Supported Employment support the return to work-trajectory of employees with cancer. This workshop provides a brief, interactive journey on the principles and methodology of Supported Employment and a brainstorm session.

  • Interactive 3D-storylines integrating the perspectives of different stakeholders - Hans de Bruin (Hogeschool Zeeland, NL)

In this workshop, we will present a first, tentative demo of the interactive 3D information tool and explain the concepts. The goal is to stimulate discussion in order to give us directions for further development.

  • Expectations & tresholds in a return to work-trajectory - Sarah De Wolf & Annemie Smits (Emino, BE) 

In this interactive workshop, we will discuss the different roles and expectations of the different stakeholders within a return to work-trajectory. By means of this multi-actor perspective, we will get insight into the potential facilitators and tresholds during a return to work-trajectory. We will use specific cases and theses to debate on. 

  • How can the patient perspective strengthen the I-KNOW-HOW project? - Colette Casimir (patient expert Sorbonne University Paris, FR)  

The workshop will explore why and how to become a patient expert, followed by an interactive discussion on how the patient perspective can help to strengthen the outcomes of the I-KNOW-HOW project. The various aspects of the cancer journey that might have an impact on the return-to-work trajectory are highlighted.

  • An integrative solution! Improving work participation of cancer survivors from a multi-stakeholder perspective - Michiel Greidanus & Sietske Tamminga (Academisch Medisch Centrum Universiteit Amsterdam, NL)
During the workshop different stakeholder perspectives will be deepened and thereafter integrated, resulting in a holistic return to work-intervention for cancer survivors. Which bottlenecks are there for the different stakeholders? Which solutions are there to tackle these bottlenecks? All perspectives will be integrated resulting in a multi-stakeholder intervention. We close this workshop by summing up the most important lessons learned and by reflecting on these from a scientific point of view.