The Interdisciplinary Team

The moving force in the Galilee P.C.U., as in every palliative care unit, is the interdisciplinary team. To meet the multi-dimensional and complex needs of the patients and of their families, it is essential for all who serve in the various sectors of the interdisciplinary team (doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, etc) to work together in harmony in the preparation and application of the personal care plan for each patient.

Today the people who work in the Unit on a full-time, part-time or voluntary basis are: three doctors, seven nurses, two social workers, a priest who is also a General Medical Practitioner, a physiotherapist, a psychologist, an office manager, two administrators and the volunteer coordinator.

The Unit is supported by four voluntary professional advisors who are among the most eminent members of the medical, nursing and social work professions in the country. In addition, two experienced specialists in palliative care (a doctor and a nurse) from the Romanian Hospice Casa Sperantei in Brasov contribute systematically to the development program of the unit and to the training of the staff.

The work of the unit is further assisted in scientific and technical matters on a voluntary basis by a lawyer, a psychologist, a psychiatrist, a microbiologist, an IT specialist, a pharmacist and a dietician.

The day begins with the morning briefing in which all the members of the interdisciplinary team participate. First on the agenda are the calls to the emergency telephone during the night, the most urgent needs and any deaths which may have occurred. The needs and problems of each patient are discussed by each specialist as they concern his or her particular area of expertise. The findings are evaluated and assessment is made of whether the goals of the patient care plan that have been set have been achieved and at the same time new goals are set. At this stage the program of weekly visits is organized in arrangement with the patients and their carers. Patients or members of their family will often visit the Galilee Project offices for an interview and/or medical examination.
Teams of one or two members of the Galilee Project then undertake home visits during which they provide all-round care and support to between two and four patients a day. In planning the visits the special problems of the patients and of their home circumstances are taken into account.

When the teams return to the Unit at mid-day, the patient’s records are updated along with a reassessment of symptoms or problems and goals and actions to be taken. Once a week there is a longer morning briefing attended by the professional advisors to the program and by the volunteer service manager. At this meeting a theoretical topic of interest in palliative care and briefly discussed and at the same time the factors that determine evidence-based care practice are underlined (as they emerge from the international bibliography on the subject).
Once every two weeks the team members meet with an art therapist who offers support concerning the difficult experiences encountered in providing care to the patients. Difficulties and problems that may have arisen through the daily close working relationships among the team members are also discussed.


Brief biographical notes on the people working in and helping with the unit

Specialist Professional Advisors




danielamosoiu c      Prof  Daniela Mosoiu: Oncologist specializing in Palliative Care. Chairman to the National Association of Palliative Care (ANIP). Director of Training, Strategy and National Development at  the Hospice “Casa Sperantei” in Brasov, Romania. Mentor to the “International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative” (LDI). Special Consultant for the Unit’s Development and Training.


Dr Daniela Mosoiu is a graduate of the Cluj-Napoca Medical School and holds a Doctorate from the same University. After her studies in Oncology and Palliative Care she became National Trainer in Palliative Care, accredited by the Romanian Ministry of Health. In 1995 she joined the team of the first Hospice in Romania “Casa Sperantei” and soon was given responsibility for the education and continuing professional training in Palliative care for medical and non-medical healthcare personnel. In this way she has contributed to the education of many professionals in Romania and abroad.

She is among the founders of the “National Association of Palliative Care” of Romania. In the year 2000 she led the team that succeeded in gaining recognition of Palliative Care as a Medical Specialty in Romania and at present she is National Coordinator for the Medical Specialty in Palliative Care. She is also Vice–Chairperson of the “National Commission for Palliative Care and Pain Therapy” of the Ministry of Health in Romania and as an ambassador for Palliative Care services she has contributed to the change in the legislation concerning the prescription and use of opioid medication as well as in the procedures for the implementation of this new legislation.

In 2008 she initiated cooperation between the Ministry of Health and  the Hospice “Casa Sperantei” for the development of a National strategy in Palliative Care. She teaches various courses in Palliative Care (including, since 2010, the first Master’s Program in Romania) and has participated as a guest speaker in various conferences and symposia in Romania and abroad. In her capacity as a National Trainer she participated in training programs for Palliative Care organized by the Open Society Institute for Eastern Europe. She has published many books on palliative Care and is Manager to the Board of Directors of the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance and Mentor to the LDI.
Prof  Daniela Mosoiu: Oncologist specializing in Palliative Care. Chairman to the National Association of Palliative Care (ANIP). Director of Training, Strategy and National Development at  the Hospice “Casa Sperantei” in Brasov, Romania. Mentor to the “International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative” (LDI). Special Consultant for the Unit’s Development and Training.



nicoletamitrea c      Nicoleta Mitrea: Nurse, specializing in Palliative Care. Director of Training and National Development at the Hospice “Casa Sperantei” in Brasov. Special Advisor on Training for the Unit.


Following her studies in Nursing at the Medical High School of Brasov, she joined the Home Nursing Team of the Hospice “Casa Sperantei”. Alongside her clinical work she continued her studies at the Medical College and then at the Medical University of Bucharest where she gained her qualifications in the medical specialty of Palliative Care. Since 2008 she has been Head of the Nursing Department at the Hospice “Casa Sperantei” in Brasov Romania. In 2010 she undertook post-graduate study in Palliative Care at the Harvard Medical School. She has been the National Coordinator for Training in Palliative Nursing Care in Romania since 2006, dealing with the organization, supervision and teaching of all Palliative Care Courses at all three levels of education in Palliative Care for Nurses. She participates in national and international bodies with three aims: (a) to develop a unified, standard program of studies in Palliative Care Nursing at a foundation and postgraduate level, (b) to create a technical handbook on Palliative Care for Nursing Students and a corresponding manual for teachers of the subject and (c) to provide practical training for nursing staff working in specialized Palliative Care Organizations. Since 2011 she has been a trainer at an international level with ELNEC.
Nicoleta Mitrea: Nurse, specializing in Palliative Care. Director of Training and National Development at the Hospice “Casa Sperantei” in Brasov. Special Advisor on Training for the Unit.



Medical Consultants


aliki c      Dr Aliki Tserkezoglou: Volunteer Gynecologist Oncologist.  She is the Medical Director of the Unit. She holds of a Diploma in Palliative Medicine from Cardiff University, Wales.


Following her studies at the University of Athens and her training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in the General Hospital “Alexandra” in Athens she studied gynecological oncology for six months in Boston. For the greater part of her career spanning 26 years she worked at the Saint Savvas Cancer and Oncology Hospital in Athens, latterly as Director of the Second Gynecology Clinic, a position she held until July 2011. She has published many scientific papers and monographs and has spoken at many Greek and international conferences.
Dr Aliki Tserkezoglou: Volunteer Gynecologist Oncologist.  She is the Medical Director of the Unit. She holds of a Diploma in Palliative Medicine from Cardiff University, Wales.



elsa c       Elisabeth Patiraki: Volunteer. Professor of Nursing at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). She is responsible for Education and Research at the Unit.


After obtaining her qualification in Nursing from the Higher Education School of Nursing in Athens she received a degree in Nursing from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and a doctorate from the same department. After seventeen years of clinical work she embarked on an academic career at the Nursing School in the University of Athens. She served the Department first as Assistant Professor and until recently as Professor. She is responsible for the “Oncological Nursing and Palliative Care” specialty of the postgraduate program in Clinical Nursing at the Nursing Department of the University of Athens and for the interdepartmental Postgraduate Program “Organization and Management in Palliative and Support Care of Chronic Patients” at the Medical and Nursing School of the University. Her academic and writing work includes publications, monographs and lectures as guest speaker at Greek and International Conferences.
Elisabeth Patiraki: Volunteer. Professor of Nursing at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). She is responsible for Education and Research at the Unit.



elisabet c      Elisavet Haralambidou: Volunteer. Nurse, Former Director of Nursing Services at the Red Cross Hospital in Athens. She is responsible for the organization, supplies and equipment of the Unit.


After receiving her Nursing Degree from the Greek Red Cross Nursing School she obtained a Bsc Honours Degree in Nursing from the Ulster University in Northern Ireland, having been awarded a Scholarship from the Institution of State Scholarships. Thereafter she received a doctorate from the Nursing Department of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her entire career has been spent in serving the Regional Red Cross Hospital of Athens in various positions including that of the Director of Nursing Services. Her academic and writing work includes publications, monographs and lectures as a guest speaker at Greek and International Conferences. For eight years she was President of the Greek Association of Nurses and President of the National Council for the Development of Nursing. She has also represented Greek Nurses at WHO, the European Federation of Nurses Association and the International Council of Nursing I.C.N.
Elisavet Haralambidou: Volunteer. Nurse, Former Director of Nursing Services at the Red Cross Hospital in Athens. She is responsible for the organization, supplies and equipment of the Unit.






carolina c      Carolyn Los: Volunteer. B.A. in Sociology, A.S. in Human Services. Volunteer Service Manager.


After her studies in Human Services, she received her B.A. in Sociology from Boston University. During the period 1975-1980, she worked in the United States as an editor of theological texts for a quarterly journal. Her volunteer work in the U.S. during the period 1965-1981 includes supporting patients in hospital and in homes for the elderly, as well as working with adults with Down Syndrome, with inner-city children and counseling students. In Greece, since 1981, she has participated in the Apostolic Ministry for Patients of the Archdiocese as well as in the Parent-Teacher Organizations of her children’s schools. Carolyn is married and is the mother of seven children, and the grandmother of eleven grandchildren. She has served the Unit since 2010 structuring and coordinating the volunteers’ service, training and support.
Carolyn Los: Volunteer. B.A. in Sociology, A.S. in Human Services. Volunteer Service Manager.


Doctors

eurudiki c      Petta Evridiki : Physician at the Galilee Unit


Following her studies at the University of Patras she specialized in General Medicine at Rio University Hospital and at the Health Centers of Halandritsa, Kleitoria, and Vyrona. She holds a doctorate from the University of Patras and has served as a Consultant Physician for the National Health System at the Regional Clinic of Spetses. She attended further training seminars on Palliative Care at the Hellenic Centre of Biomedical Ethics, at Hospice Casa Sperantei in Romania and at St Christopher’s Hospice in London. She has participated in Greek and international conferences as a trainee and as a guest speaker. She has been working in the Galilee Project since March 2010.
Petta Evridiki : Physician at the Galilee Unit



elen c      Avgetidou Eleni : Physician at the Galilee Unit.


Following her studies at the Universities of Ulm and Tuebingen (Germany) she specialized in General Medicine at University Hospitals in Stuttgart, at a Clinic in Bavaria and at a Surgery of General Family Medicine.  She holds a doctorate from Ulm University. She has also trained in ultrasound scans of the upper and lower abdomen and of the thyroid glands, (at the University Hospitals of Munich and Stuttgart), in nutrition (with the German Society of Nutritional Medicine) and in acupuncture (with the German Society of Medical Acupuncture). She worked for two and a half years at her own private practice in Germany. She attended the Seminar on Palliative Care at the Hellenic Centre of Biomedical Ethics and has participated in international Seminars as a trainee. She has been working with the Galilee Project since January 2011.
Avgetidou Eleni : Physician at the Galilee Unit.


Nurses

arguro c      Argyro Tsiatsouli: Volunteer. Consultant Nurse for the Galilee Unit.


Following her studies at the “King Pavlos” School of Higher Education in Nursing and her appointment at the “Saint Savvas” Cancer and Oncology Hospital she attended an educational program on “Surgical Nursing” at the “Evangelismos” General Hospital of Athens. For twenty seven years she worked at the “Saint Savvas” Hospital (Seven years in a respiratory intensive care unit and the remainder in the department that provided cover for all the various wards of the hospital). She retired in September 2008. She attended further training seminars on Palliative Care at Hospice Casa Sperantei in Romania. She has been working with the Galilee Project on a voluntary basis since March 2010.
Argyro Tsiatsouli: Volunteer. Consultant Nurse for the Galilee Unit.



giannis c      Ioannis Liakopoulos:  Nurse at the Galilee Unit.


After receiving his degree in Nursing from the Faculty of Health and Caring Professions at the Athens Polytechnic, he obtained a postgraduate diploma in “Intensive Care Units and Emergency Nursing”. Following this he acquired a second postgraduate diploma in “The organization and management of palliative and supportive care for the chronically ill” from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He attended further training seminars on Palliative Care at the Hospice Casa Sperantei in Romania. Today he is also a student at the Informatics Department of the University of Piraeus. He worked for six months at the Anaesthetics Department of the Medical Centre in Paleo Faliro and at the General and Pediatric Department of the METROPOLITAN Hospital for a total of a year and a half. For the past year he has also been working at the Neurological Department of the Eginitio Hospital in Athens. He has been working with the Galilee Project since March 2010.
Ioannis Liakopoulos:  Nurse at the Galilee Unit.



sevasti c      Sevasti Amoiridou: Nurse at the Galilee Unit


After her studies in Nursing at the Lamia Polytechnic, she did her practical training at the “Alexandra” General Hospital in Athens, including two months training in the Intensive Care Unit and four months at the Department of Pathology. She attended further training seminars at the Hellenic Centre of Biomedical Ethics. She has been working with the Galilee Project since June 2011.
Sevasti Amoiridou: Nurse at the Galilee Unit




alkistis c      Alkistis Hamou:  Nurse at the Galilee Unit.


After receiving her degree in Nursing from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, she attended further training seminars at the Hellenic Centre of Biomedical Ethics. She has been working with the Galilee Project since October 2011.
Alkistis Hamou:  Nurse at the Galilee Unit.



 111 001         Oikonomou Charitomeni:Nurse at the Galilee Unit.


 
Oikonomou Charitomeni:Nurse at the Galilee Unit.



 ANTREAS         Mullalli Antreas:Nurse at the Galilee Unit.
 

Following his studies of Nursing on National Kapodistrian University of Athens, he obtained a postgraduate diploma in ''Clinical nursing'' with the direction of ''Critical Care Nursing''. He worked for 3 years as a Head Nurse in the Home Care for Elderlies of St. Therapondas (Archdiocese of Athens) after he had been volunteering at the same place for 4 months. He attended further training seminars of Palliative Care at the Palliative Care Unit of Galilee. He has been working at the Galilee Project from 04.08.2014.
Mullalli Antreas:Nurse at the Galilee Unit.




 111 001         Stoila Anthi:Nurse at the Galilee Unit.


 
Stoila Anthi:Nurse at the Galilee Unit.



Social Workers


 111 005      Tsotakos Spyridon : Social Worker at the Galilee Unit.


 
Tsotakos Spyridon : Social Worker at the Galilee Unit.



iro c      Iro Raymondou: Social Worker at the Galilee Unit.


Following her studies at the Social Work Department of the Faculty of Health and Caring Professions at the Athens Polytechnic, she completed her practical training at the Social Service Department of Penteli Infirmary and the “Elena Venizelou” Regional General and Maternity Hospital. Moreover she worked at the General Children’s Hospital of Penteli for 7 months. She attended further training seminars on Palliative Care at the Hellenic Centre of Biomedical Ethics. She has been working at the Galilee Project since October 2011.
Iro Raymondou: Social Worker at the Galilee Unit.



 111 005      Mpiskemi Vassiliki : Social Worker at the Galilee Unit.


 
Mpiskemi Vassiliki : Social Worker at the Galilee Unit.


Administrative Staff

mary      Mary Dionysi: Volunteer. General Administrator of the Galilee Unit.


After her studies at the School of Mechanical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens she became involved in the electro-mechanological designs of buildings and METRO Stations in Athens working with various Design Offices in Athens. She has been working with the Galilee Project since September 2010.
Mary Dionysi: Volunteer. General Administrator of the Galilee Unit.



alex2      Zania Alexandra: Administrative Officer of the Galilee Unit.


 
Zania Alexandra: Administrative Officer of the Galilee Unit.



alex2      Xenikou Monika: Administrative Officer of the Galilee Unit.


After graduating from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, of the National Technical University of Athens, she received a Master Diploma in Biomedical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and the University of Patras. Today she is a post-graduate student in Quality Management Systems at the Open University of Athens. She worked in the private and public sector for seven years. She has specialized in Quality Management Systems and was a trained volunteer of Galilee since 2011. She has been working at the Galilee project since 03/03/2016.
Xenikou Monika: Administrative Officer of the Galilee Unit.



alex2      Banou Sophia: Administrative Officer of the Galilee Unit.


After graduation of her studies in Chemistry Department (School of Sciences, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), she became a Master Student in MSc Program of Analytical Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Quality Control. She had been working in the Private Sector, as Dentist Assistant in three distinct specialties. She has been working at the Galilee project since 16/01/2017.
Banou Sophia: Administrative Officer of the Galilee Unit.



Spyratos      Spyratos Dimitris: Administrative Officer of the Galilee Unit.


After completing his studies in Sound Engineering, he worked setting up the sound for many live performances, including concerts and theatres, as well as in the field of audio-video systems. He has also served as an officer in the Health and Safety department of a banking group. He has been working at the Galilee project since 16/01/2017.
Spyratos Dimitris: Administrative Officer of the Galilee Unit.

Dr Aliki Tserkezoglou: Volunteer Gynecologist Oncologist.  She is the Medical Director of the Unit. She holds of a Diploma in Palliative Medicine from Cardiff University, Wales.

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