Projects

We take part in many projects, often funded by the European Union. If you would like to see our ongoing project please kick the links below, if you would like to partner with us for a future project then please contact David Smith.

Our Projects

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ECHOES - ExChange Of ExpertiSe in healthcare professionals’ education

Why

The project aims to develop a digital platform facilitating the exchange of expertise between healthcare universities, increasing access of students across Europe (and worldwide) to the expertise that is unequally distributed. Additionally, the project aims to upskill educators’ and regarding virtual exchanges, digital skills, facilitating exchanges without the need for physical  mobility (decreasing the financial and environmental impact of teaching & learning activities). The exchanges will also develop intercultural competencies among staff and learners and contribute to the “Internet of things” policy of the EU, introducing the ways in which IT technology can be further utilised within education in the medical field.

What

The main outcome of this project is an increased exchange of expertise between universities through a digital platform, providing access to advanced expertise to more graduates across Europe (and worldwide), increasing the capacity of healthcare professionals, instilling a mindset of constant upskilling necessary to positively disrupt the status quo. In tangible terms, the project aims to have 500 experts and healthcare educators registered and actively using the platform, 500 participants training in the platform. Publication of the research results (2 articles in Open Access), following the identifying of the aspects required in the digital platform; 6 online actions developing skills of the experts to use the platform and undergo virtual exchanges; events to disseminate the platform. Lastly, and most importantly, one functioning and user-friendly matchmaking and networking platform to link educators from across Europe;

How

The development of this digital platform will promote exchanges of expertise (WP3), based on prior research about the stakeholders’ needs for this platform and the recent advances in the online training configurations (WP2). This will be followed by the development of staff skills to perform virtual exchanges (capacity building, WP4) and dissemination  campaign targeting the European medical education market, as well as the audience across the world (WP5). The main activities, therefore, include the management of the project, research phase to identify the requirements of the platform, development of the digital platform, testing of the platform, webinars regarding virtual mobility and the platform, congress to promote the platform, dissemination of the platform online. The beneficiaries include healthcare students (around 200k graduates per year in medicine, nursing and midwifery in EU alone), professionals (over 7 million healthcare professionals in Europe), educators and faculties (no information available).(statistics from Eurostat).

When

December 2023 to November 2026

Who

 

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VRHealthLeaders - A Multifaceted VR Learning Platform for Future Healthcare Leaders (2021-2023) 

Why?

Digital solutions have the potential to radically transform education. Using virtual reality as a primary tool for leadership training can improve healthcare systems by broadening the experiences of healthcare leaders thus providing better outcomes, services and quality to patients across the EU. Virtual reality simulation offers educators the chance to provide students with experiential learning that would otherwise not be available to them. 

What?

This project uses virtual reality to increase the leadership capabilities of future healthcare managers and policy makers using public health crises as the key theme of the training programme. Leadership education within healthcare is vital to healthcare systems. Health professionals are dealing with constant changes to both the systems they work in and the patients they serve. Equipping the health workforce with the skills to deal with this change is of pressing importance for educators, researchers, and policy makers. 

How?

The project will:

When?

The VRHealthLeaders project runs from May 2021 to April 2023. Project website: https://vrhealthleaders.eu/

Who?

The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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OASES - prOmoting evidence-bASed rEformS (2021-2024)

OASES is a 3-year long research project (No. 101018341) co-funded by the Health Programme of the European Union, led by a consortium of European partners. OASES intends to become a source of knowledge on European medical deserts carrying out an analysis of medical desertification in Europe. Findings from the implementation of various pilot studies will provide insights, useful cases and evidence on possible measures to mitigate desertification, which can inform policy makers to enhance their healthcare reforms and workforce policy capacities.

Why?

The expression of medical desert is commonly used in the public and mediatic field referring to several situations or areas where people have difficulties to access care (e.g. waiting time, doctor’s registration difficulties or long distances to hospital). The identification of such areas became a major issue and  is exacerbated by the fact that the accessibility itself is complex to address due to its multidimensional nature (spatial, physical, temporal, financial, and cultural).

What?

The OASES proposal aims to represent a source of knowledge in European medical deserts, reinforcing the capacity of health authorities of EU Member States to reform their health systems and address all the important aspects to successfully tackle the challenges that the medical desert is posing, with specific regard to actions focusing on skill mix, task shifting, use of e-health and IT systems, recruitment and retention management and policies, in order to guarantee universal coverage also in rural and underserved areas.

How?

The project presents and supports the application of a stepwise methodology focused on a) definition of a measurement methodology and tool applicable in different contexts (minimal, intermediate, advanced dataset); b) implementation of the measurement methods and tools in selected pilot sites of 7 European countries; c) assessment, policy actions analysis and sustainability in each pilot site, d) impact evaluation in each pilot site and updating the measurement methods and tools according to the pilot results; e) scaling up of the methods and of the policy actions at EU level.

When?

The OASES project runs from March 2021 to February 2024. Project website: https://oasesproject.eu/. The downloadable leaflet can be found here. Contact: oasesproject@agenas.it

Who?

The content of this page represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility; it cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission and/or the European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA) or any other body of the European Union. The European Commission and the Agency do not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.

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Digi4Health - A Digital VET Toolkit for Promoting the 4th Industrial Revolution in the European Health Sector

Why?

As outlined in the 2018 EC document 'Enabling the digital transformation of health and care in the Digital Single Market,' digital solutions for healthcare can increase the well-being of millions of citizens and radically change the way healthcare is delivered to patients. Emerging technologies such 3D Printing and Virtual Reality provide means by which healthcare professionals will be increasingly supported in their work, all aimed towards enhancing interprofessional cooperation and ultimately personalised patient care. As a result of these technologies, we are starting to see the impact of the 4th industrial revolution on healthcare, known as Health4.0.

What?

Educators and trainers of the health workforce need to be urgently assisted to catch up with the range of digital technology advancements taking place due to Health4.0. At the same time, as working adults, healthcare personnel have a difficulty to find the time to attend continuous professional development (CPD) courses. Nevertheless, these adult workers need to be supported learning about digital technologies infiltrating the health sector. For this reason, VET trainers as well as healthcare mentors need a Toolkit with an open repository of relevant training resources to aid them in helping healthcare personnel catch up with HEALTH4.0 technologies even in work-based settings.

How?

The primary aim of this Project called digi4HEALTH (A Digital VET Toolkit for Promoting the 4th Industrial Revolution in the European Health Sector) is to develop a novel digital toolkit by which European VET Trainers and health sector mentors can reach out and assist healthcare professionals and stakeholders to catch up with technologies of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

When?

The Digi4Health project runs from October 2019 to April 2022. For detailed information please visit www.digi4h.eumecb.com. Project summary by KAINOTOMIA: https://bit.ly/3GYXPq5

Who?

Final Conference

The Digi4H Final Conference, taking place on Friday 18th March 2022, is a free event that will provide attendees with all the skills they need to teach and understand digital technology in highly evolved healthcare systems. The confernece will be held in the Cultural Center at the European University Cyprus. The event will provide an overview of the current state of play of digital technology and skills in Europe, provide an overview and demonstration of the Digi4H toolkit and discuss future digital skills and technology with an international panel of speakers.

To register for the event and find out more please visit: https://inhwe.org/digi4h-final-conference

The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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StoryAidEU - Humanizing Healthcare Education through the use of Storytelling (2019-2021)

Why?

Current healthcare training curriculum relies upon a comprehensive understanding of the bio-medical model of medicine. However, it has been recognised that a curriculum that incorporates a more rounded model is critical. To explore a new model of healthcare training, storytelling can become a crucial tool for educators to show the hidden and silent stories of both, patients, healthcare processional, loved one, and vulnerable people who are receiving care. At the same time Europe faces increased demand for health services due to ageing populations, rising patient mobility, and a diminishing supply of health workers caused by retirement rates that surpass recruitment rates. This places great emphasis on the health workforce with the majority of health system change enacted by healthcare professionals themselves.

What?

Storytelling can be used to ensure a round approach to healthcare professionals’ education and this project aims to build a truly interprofessional approach to storytelling. There is significant evidence to indicate that effective interprofessional education (IPE) is an innovative strategy that enables effective collaborative practice. Interprofessional education (IPE) is a necessary step in preparing a prepared health workforce. It is proven that collaborative practice strengthens healthsystems and improves health outcomes (WHO, 2010). Storytelling is best used in an interdisciplinary environment which this project will foster by creating an innovative multi-professional, inter-stakeholder approach to bridge the gap between current educational models and a more rounded model of the future.

How?

The project will conduct (through a number of data gathering techniques) a full review of interprofessional education tools from across the globe, an assessment of humanism policies and procedures on a macro and micro level in Europe and conduct essential research into how storytelling approaches can be used to improve healthcare training. These three areas will be combined into a dedicated training curriculum for healthcare educators. With the final outcomes being a coursebook, learning videos and an interactive lecture.

When?

The StoryAidEU project runs from October 2019 to September 2021. Project website: https://storyaid.eu/

Who?

The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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DIGI4ME - Health sector skill alliance for creating innovative and efficient VET programmes and improving the digital Skills of medical physics and health professionals (2020-2023)

Why?

The increasing demand for healthcare services, driven by demographic shifts throughout Europe will increase the number of jobs and the required skills of professionals in the health sector. Recently the need for digital skills for health care professionals is acknowledged at EU level.  Health care professionals’ high competences and quality digital skills are acknowledged to be of extreme importance across all countries at European level. However, is pointed out in many European level reports that the digital skills of health professionals are not in line with the technological advances in the sector and in many cases and professions there is a huge gap to be bridged. 

What?

Digi4He will provide a platform for digital skills training in the health care sector. EU Educational Institutes, VETs, Health Care Associations, and relevant EU Enterprises will exchange skills, experience, and accessibility to be embodied in a single high quality training framework improving Digital Skill training all over European Countries. 

How?

EU Educational Institutes, VETs and Health Care Associations participating in the DIGI4ME project will a) exchange their long experience in order to be embodied in a single high quality training framework improving Digital Skill training; b) develop new innovative curricula and educational methods of health care training courses all over European Countries; c) establish/accredit the developed Open and distance learning framework to support the community of Health Professionals.

When?

The DIGI4ME project runs from November 2020 to October 2023. Project website: https://digi4me.eu/

Who?

The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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SAFEMEDIC - Personal Safety of Medical Personnel in Difficult Professional Situations (2018-2020)

Why?

The International Labour Organization ranked medical professions as the second most vulnerable to violence in the workplace. This view is supported by the consortium’s pre-project research which saw a questionnaire disseminated to key stakeholders and received over 1000 responses. Results showed that only 5.9% respondents with previous patient contact said that they had never been verbally assaulted by patients and 62.5% were victims of physical assault by patients at least once.

What?

The chief goal of the project is to improve the workplace safety of healthcare professionals by increasing their skills and competences in dealing with difficult situations. To achieve this the project consortium will design and develop a complex multi-stakeholder, inter-disciplinary course for healthcare students, predominantly focused at paramedics and nurses. The didactic materials and project’s intellectual outputs will also be accessible to the rest of the health workforce such as physicians and physiotherapists.

How?

The project will develop an educational course which will result in an increase in the conflict management skills and knowledge of healthcare professionals. The course will create a uniform, comprehensive and complete programme applicable to all partner countries of the consortium, while also being adaptable enough for use in the rest of Europe and beyond. The majority of educational materials will be available online, free of charge, in the form of multimedia interactive materials realised in a Moodle format. Project Website: https://www.safemedic.eu/

When?

The SAFEMEDIC project runs from November 2018 to October 2021.

Who?

The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.