Title Adaption, transfer and dissemination of a modular educational concept for nursing staff who look after young people in need of care in in- and outpatients units
Project Number DE/12/LLP-LdV/TOI/147543
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text What happens to a 50 year old man who had a stroke, lost his ability to speak and can't longer care for himself? The number of young people in need of care (for example due to AIDS, stroke, accident) has been increasing continuously over the past years. Appropriate ambulant and stationary care structures for these people as well as vocational training offers for the nursing staff are missing. In the partner countries the care of young people in need of care in in- and outpatients units has been adapted to models of geriatric and medical care. They do not consider the aspects of the special living conditions and needs of these people. In the future adequate care for these people will only be possible if in each case in addition to existing valid care concepts further vocational training concepts providing additional skills and qualifications or vocational training concepts are adapted to the characteristics and requirements of these young people in need of care.
Summary The analysis of educational structures and ambulant and stationary care structures for young people in need of care within the completed LdV partnership project „Young Care“ brought up that these hardly exist in Romania and Poland. Predominantly family members nurse and care for these people since residential care facilities are too expensive for most families. In these countries additional care structures are going to be established in order to face the social development (increasing occupation of women, increasing number of single households and emigration of working population). In Germany also there is a lack of care structures, because “Young Care” has not yet been brought into focus. In all countries the care of young people is based on models of geriatric and/or general medical care. Therefore models have to be developed which consider the aspects of the special living conditions and needs of young people in the need of care as well as the mental and physical requirements for the nursing staff within a multidisciplinary and psychosocial care. In all partner countries the approach “outpatient rather than inpatient” can only be guaranteed in the future when more staff caring for these young people is further trained and qualified. This especially concerns ambulant care of young people, since in all countries the need for outpatient and home care will continuously increase until 2020. Adequate care for these people will only be possible if in the partner countries the existing valid care concepts and accredited vocational training concepts are complemented with additional skills and qualifications. This requires an adapted modular educational concept, which considers the level of qualification of nursing staff in the countries, the demands on the staff, the characteristics and needs of the people being cared for and the educational structures as well as the social conditions. This concept had to be tested and transferred into the occupational vocational structure of nursing staff in the partner countries.
Against the background of the analysis of needs the following project aims were produced:
• Transfer and dissemination of a wholistic psychosocial care concept and common standards of ‘Young Care’ in the partner countries
• Adaptation and transfer of the existing modular educational concept to ‘Young Care’ in the partner countries.
• Compilation, testing and evaluation of the modular educational concept ‘Young Care’ according to EQF and affiliated curriculum.
• Dissemination of project outcomes in cooperation with professional organisations, international care organisations, educational institutions, regional and national units and preparation for regional and national accreditation.
• Definition and transfer of organisational, personnel and institutional standards for further development of ambulant and residential care structures in all partner countries
• Promotion of occupational and national mobility of nursing staff due to the common and acknowledged qualifications in line with the educational concept of ‘Young Care’.
The developed educational concept and curriculum ‚Young Care’ is oriented to the sectoral qualification framework (EQF) of public health service and welfare. The sustainable aim of this project was to establish in the medium term additional care- and further educational training structures or to add to the existing care approach. One objective was to qualify nursing staff of ambulant or residential units with basic care qualification (qualification level 2 - 3) in order to establish additional care structures in the medium term in all partner countries. These objectives and tasks were connected to the European priority ECVET for transparency and recognition of learning outcomes and qualifications. Since the mobility of nursing staff in Europe will increase, Europe-wide recognised qualifications and skills are necessary. The European Qualification Framework EQF will be complemented by the European Credit Point System for vocational educational training. (ECVET) The implementation of the ECVET-system in line with the educational concept and curriculum enables in a medium term a better recognition of qualifications, higher transparency within national vocational educational systems in the field of care.
Against the background of the project objectives, the present and future regional supply structures of young people needing care in the partner countries as well as the needs of specially-trained nursing staff in the field of "Young Care" were shown. The individual qualifications and training in the partner countries were transferred and analysed for similarities and differences with regard to the action-oriented competencies of the nursing staff. Against the background of "Young Care", Polish project partners developed an analytical framework (AP 3) in collaboration with DW Seniorenhilfe and with scientific support. In the analysis of the different training programmes in the countries, it became clear that while there are different concepts, such as medical assistant (Poland, 2-year), medical assistant (Romania, degree required), nurse in Germany, there are also similarities. Therefore, the necessary level of education of the nursing staff and the requirements for a common training concept were set against the background of the creation of a new educational concept. The developed normative content synopsis (result of the AP 3) clarifies that the contents of the countries are similar, but the priorities are different in the training courses with regard to theoretical and practical training. Initially, 6 training modules from the synopsis were named for the "Young Care", which were supplemented by two more. When adapting modularised nursing training, the 8 modules represent self-contained learning units (2 days of instruction, practical assignment, 1 day evaluation, module final exam), which correspond to the EQF, and were assigned credit points and have a total number of hours from about 320 hours (AP 4). A summary table named the modules to be tested and defined the testing periods of the project partners. The whole process of analysis, module adaptation and development was scientifically supported by Prof. Knigge-Demal (AP 2). The project partners agreed that the testing of the modules in the context of training of nursing staff is only useful if the lecturers get a didactic handout in order to familiarize themselves with the thought of the outcome-oriented instruction. It was important for the partners that during the testing of the modules the focus was not only on the teaching of the contents, but on the acquisition of the learning outcomes in terms of competences. It was decided that the modules not only were tested with experienced staff but also with nursing staff of basic qualification.
The participants evaluated the trainings with questionnaires which were distributed before and after the trainings. Also the lecturers evaluated the further education. After testing and evaluation the modules were modified especially with regard to the group of participants, the adaptation of the level of learning outcomes and didactic commentaries. Due to the different conditions in the partner countries the training concept can be used in different forms:
1. For a new concept in health care, e.g. care assistant in “Young Care”
2. Selection and use of single modules as “add-on” for the existing vocational trainings
3. For the adaptation of existing vocational trainings / qualifications to increase the understanding of care within the “Young Care” or to integrate compulsory and optional modules. As part of project management, the coordinator ensured that the work planning and scheduling in the context of securing results and achieving AP goals was followed and ensured communication between the partners using video and telephone conferences, and workshops amongst other things (AP 1).
Recognition, transparency, certification
Utilization and distribution of results
Access for disadvantaged
Human Health and Social Work Activities
program or curricula
transparency and certification
Product information On the basis of the modular geriatric healthcare assistant education and existing vocational educational trainings, eight modules centring on the care of young people were named and selected. As a result eight adapted and evaluated modules on the basis of EQF and a credit point system were developed. These modules were tested, evaluated and modified - if necessary. An evaluated and tested educational concept and curriculum in the area of ‚Young Care’ was generated. The product was scientifically evaluated and accompanied. Communication of the partner countries was done via internet, E-Mail and phone.