We had an excellent consortium meeting in Bergen last week! The Western Norway University of Applied Science (HVL) and the Western Norway Regional Health Authority (Helse Vest RHF) hosted the event, which brought together over 40 partners representing 19 organisations from the EUVECA consortium between June 20th and 22nd, 2023. The meeting was highly productive, with engaging discussions about the project’s next steps and the most effective strategies to move forward.
Throughout the three-day meeting, the partners had valuable opportunities to delve into several important topics. These discussions centred around the development of content for the European Platform of VET Excellence in Health, with a particular focus on adopting an interregional approach. Additionally, the partners collaborated on creating training activities and gathering materials related to the six megatrends: the ageing population, the increasing significance of chronic diseases and comorbidity among patients, the Information Revolution and society’s digital transformation, personalised medicine, the modern health consumer, and the climate challenge.
Our conversations primarily revolved around the practical steps that lie ahead. While the overall framework of EUVECA has been established, we dedicated our attention to contemplating the implementation of regional hubs in seven European countries and the setup of the European Platform for VET Excellence. We focused on the practical aspects related to these endeavours, striving to meet specific criteria.
EUVECA also sought to promote a consistent understanding of the skills and education of the European health workforce by exploring the potential utilisation of mutual recognition tools at the EU level. The partners extensively discussed the findings of the baseline report, thoroughly examining its results, concept, and future applications. This report provides valuable insights into the challenges that await the European healthcare workforce, enabling us to develop effective strategies to address and prepare for these challenges.
A key discussion point revolved around ensuring the sustainability of EUVECA beyond its completion. We actively worked on conceptualising and strategising ways to ensure the project’s work continues to grow. It is vital to continuously develop 21st-century skills to prepare the healthcare workforce and adapt them to future circumstances. The regional hubs established within the EUVECA project, in alignment with the European Platform, will play a crucial role in equipping students and healthcare professionals to confidently face future challenges.
Lastly, during our time in Norway, we took the opportunity to brainstorm ideas and strategies for organising an event related to the European Year of Skills. The personal exchange among partners led to effective discourse and the generation of excellent proposals for the development of this event, capitalising on the collaboration opportunities offered amongst others by the Centre of Vocational Excellence Community of Practice.
After our productive discussions in Bergen, we are eagerly anticipating our next meeting in Lübeck in December 2023, where we will continue our collaboration and pursue EUVECA’s objectives. Stay updated on EUVECA’s progress and activities by subscribing to our newsletter!