Title Development of a common training programme for ABI caregivers
Project Number 505666-LLP-2009-SI-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
An international project under the 2009 Call for Proposals for the Leonardo da Vinci Multiraleral Projects of Innovation started on October 1st 2009. The project was lead by a large international Consortium with a compliment of 8 partners, 4 from Slovenia and 4 from Austria, France, Hungary and Belgium. Theoverall aim of project ABI is to build better lives for peoplewith ABI and those affected by it by improving the quality
of care and support given to them. During the past two years the ABI Partnership has developed and tested a basic training programme, which will provide staff the
specific skills, knowledge, attitudes and responsibilities necessary to offer the highest standard of care and support possible.
Acquired brain injuries (ABI) are an epidemic of modern society and one of the biggest medico-social problems in the western countries. The consequences of ABI are often extensive and wide ranging and can cause distress and concern for staff working directly with persons with ABI. During the project´ two years duration the ABI Partnership has developed and tested a basic training programme, which will provide staff the specific skills, knowledge, attitudes and
responsibilities necessary to offer the highest standard of care and support possible. The training programme is based on commonly defined ABI Basic Learning Outcomes, which are
the learning objectives expected of each participant by the end of the training. The ABI
training programme differs from other brain injury staff training programs. Most training
programs are problem-focused as they emphasise the deficits and difficulties. The ABI
training programme is centred on the individual with ABI and emphasises the approach, the principles and values that guide practice. An important part of the ABI training programme is also understanding the complexity of ABI, developing appropriate intervention strategies to address the presenting challenges and highlighting available resources that may be of use to
staff, persons with ABI and their family members. The ABI Training programme is supported by the ABI Training Manual which will serve as a resource to assist trainees and the ABI Guidelines which will serve as a resource for trainers to prepare and inform themselves so that they can run an effective training course.
In order to reach sustainability after the project ending the partners have established a
follow-up project team to continue developing and promoting the ABI training programme.
Partners will concentrate their efforts to implement the training programme into their
Education and training systems and to achieve the promotion and support from appropriate
stakeholders and decision-makers. Dissemination plans for the future are related to further
increase the visibility of project results mainly by enforcing the dissemination channels
already used during the project timeframe. The ABI website (www.abi-project.eu) still
remains at the centre of the project future dissemination plans. It will be hold online for at least future 5 years. Partners have planned to reuse the knowhow gained during the ABI project in new EU funded projects.
The projects duration was of 25 months. The project activities were divided into 8 separate work packages.
WP1- Overall management and coordination of the project
WP2- Researching on good practices and development of a common training programme
WP3- Adjustment and further development of the trans-national training programme
WP4- Testing and evaluating the training programme
WP5- Integration of the training programme
WP6- Dissemination Plan
WP7- Exploitation of the results
WP8- Overall quality and evaluation plan.
Sectors Human Health and Social Work Activities
program or curricula
transparency and certification
The most tangible result of the project is the training programme. The final version of the training course is divided into 10 working units-modules. The ABI Training
programme is set to be delivered as a full-time, comprehensive course (around 40
hours in total), which is followed by a final assessment and the awarding of the ABI
certificate. The trainers may decide to use also other learning objectives if it is
deemed necessary for additions to be made to the training programme to meet with
local requirements. Different course variations adapted to different audiences (eg:
family members, etc) can be created. In these cases there will be no final assessment
and participants will be given a certificate of attendance/participation.