Title Content mAterials to Raise Employability and Reinforce Skills of carers
Project Number ES/07/LLP-LdV/TOI/149063
Project Type Innovationstransfer
Marketing Text The aim of the project is to set up an education and support system specifically geared toward those looking after people dependent on care, providing answers to informal carer’s needs in their support work as well as for their own emotional well-being. The project will design the content materials according a definition of basic competences for informal carers. These requirements will be discussed together with the coordinator of the running Leonardo da Vinci project “ECL-European Care Licence” that is designing a basic entry certificate in the care sector and that could become recognized and accepted across Europe.
In Europe there is a growing demand for carers, persons who are in the first line of support for those dependent on care. According the EC Green paper, the demographic dependency ratio will rise from 49% in 2005 to 66% in 2030. (COM 2005: 94)
Despite this, there is an important vacuum for carers, from education and training until recognition of formal competencies. Still 75% of dependent persons are cared within the family context, mainly by family members (www.bmsk.gv.at 2007) mostly without basic knowledge in care. In most of European country a current discussion on quality and financing of caring can be observed. Full professional services mostly exceed the financial resouces of the families and the public bodies, partly legalised ways (caring persons from East European countries) challenge juridical system regarding basic standards of laws on labour and social security. Empowering informal carers regarding the quality and efficiency of caring processes has an impact, both on the affordibility of care and the psychological health of carers (e.g. in terms of prevention of burn out).
The aim of the project is to set up an education and support system specifically geared toward those looking after people dependent on care, providing answers to informal carer’s needs in their support work as well as for their own emotional well-being. The project will design the content materials according a definition of basic competences for informal carers. These requirements will be discussed together with the coordinator of the running Leonardo da Vinci project “ECL-European Care Licence” that is designing a basic entry certificate in the care sector and that could become recognized and accepted across Europe.
The design and production of the training material and the discussion on the requirement for an effective ECL will be carried out by the 4 European universities and expert enterprises that count with several professionals in the health field. These results will be evaluated during an international conference with experts in the caring sector and with experience in development of European competences passports. Partners of the Consortium have been always very active in the research of the care sector and there are several National and European project that will be used as basis for this proposal.
In the past five decades, there has been a global change in epidemiology and demographics with important consequences on morbidity and mortality patterns in the majority of countries particularly developed countries. The EU is facing unprecedented demographic changes that will have a major impact across society and the economy. People are living longer and in better health. Fertility rates have dropped to 1.5 children per woman, and in 2030 Europe will have 18 million children and young people fewer than today. By then, the number of "older workers"(aged 55 to 64) will have risen by 24 million and the EU will have 34.7 million citizens aged over 80 (compared to 18.8 million today). (COM 2005: 94)
Currently, health and social services are becoming ever more far-reaching and more complex. The range and types of competencies required demand new management and organisational structures. The rapid evolution of the areas of well-being, coverage and health, demand that the institutions in the sector adapt their structures to face these new requirements of the population, looking at the needs of people with chronic or degenerative illnesses, or situations which require help for activities in everyday life.
As life expectancy increases and fertility declines, a gap opens up between the growing number of elderly people who need care and the shrinking pool of younger children or grandchildren able to provide care within families and private households. As a result, there is growing demand for formal care services. However, tight budget constraints are increasingly imposing limits on the expansion of public services. Finding new ways to cooperate with the state is key to the future. The greatest need may be for trained volunteers to make home care viable.
The Commission Communication of December 20012 highligted that care and long-term care systems in the European Union face the challenge of ensuring at the same time the three objectives of: 1) Access for all regardless of income or wealth. 2) A high level of quality of care. 3) Financial sustainability of care systems.
Within this framework there is an observable and important vacuum for those who work as carers for those dependent on care,” from education and training right through to emotional support and “breathing space.” It is believed therefore, that there is an urgent need to put forward initiatives addressed to this group as “informal” care constitutes “de facto” the first line of support for people needing care. There is a need to develop appropriate training and learning materials to improve carer’s skills and to set up tools and strategies that could allow carers to receive qualification for their professionals competences. Indeed, any action dealing with carers, is facing several priorities of the European social policies as those of the social cohesion, the active citizenship, the intercultural dialogue, the gender equality and the personal fulfillment.
Within the project we expect to:
1. Definition of the requirements to be followed for realizing a Caring Training Program suitable for a “European Care Licence”.
2. Define of a training programme for carers with 6 modules of 10 hours each.
3. Produce training materials on web and DVD format having in mind the “European care licence” requirements.
4. Produce materials for trainers, including a trainer’s guide that will provide hints and guilelines for the development of the “caring program”.
5. Realize a pilot to test the materials produced.
6. Improve the materials produced according the evaluation and feedback of the pilot test.
7. Produce a best practice guide for the development of training materials for carers.
8. Organize an international conference with experts in the field to present the materials and their adaptation to the requirements of a “European care licence”.
9. Promote the project through institutions and local organisations.