Newsletter #3 – Summer 2020

Welcome to the third ENhANCE Newsletter!

Dear reader,

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We are currently seeking the views and feedback from a range of stakeholders active in the field of family and community nursing and care.

Please respond by 15 August to the ENhANCE Stakeholder survey (in English), available here.

You might be a stakeholder active in the context of education and training of nurses, regulation of nursing, policy-making, community or primary care, services in contact with family and community nurses both from public or the private sector, or end-users that receive nursing services in the community.

Interview with Isabella Roba (A.Li.Sa)

Can you tell me a bit about yourself ?
I am a nurse. After a period of direct care, I started to deal with management and organization, first in hospital, and since 2002, in primary care. Since 2017, I work in where I deal with home care.

What is the role of A.Li.Sa in the project?
A.Li.Sa. has a role of governance and coordination of the health system in the Liguria region. A.Li.Sa. is interested in the implementation of training courses for the Family and Community Nurse (FCN). In particular the FCN activity is being implemented in the internal areas of the Liguria region.

What will be required for a full implementation of the ENhANCE FCN Curriculum in the region of Liguria?
A re-organisation of health care in the Region of Liguria is needed with a strong investment in primary care, where the role played by FCN is crucial.

What key recommendations would you like to share to ensure future efficient investments in Family and Community Nurse ? 
Re-organisation, economic investment, and most importantly a paradigm shift from curative to a preventative orientation of health care. Currently, our healthcare system is organized to take action only when the health needs manifests itself. We need to move towards a preventative approach where health care is organized in a way that takes charge of people in a proactive and strongly person-centred way; a system that is prevention-based and empowers individuals to take action.

Interview with Evangelos Fradelos at University of Thessaly (UTH)

Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
I am an assistant professor of clinical nursing at the University of Thessaly, and I have been teaching in higher education since 2015. My special research interests are chronic diseases, spirituality and health outcomes in clinical populations as well as the development of critical thinking/clinical reasoning in nursing students.

What is the role of UTH in the project?
UTH has a crucial role within the alliance and has actively participated in most of all deliverables of the project that we could say that is considered as “milestones”. In addition, UTH is one of the partners that delivered a pilot course and tasted the localized curriculum within the Greek context.

What will be required for full implementation of the ENhANCE FCN Curriculum in the region of Larissa?
The ENhANCE FCN Curriculum comes along with a very detailed set of guidelines and documents that can support the implantation everywhere within the EU, so in my opinion, can support the implementation not only in the region of Larisa but in every region in Greece. Taking under consideration this, the implementation of ENhANCE FCN Curriculum requires two essential ingredients as every teaching and learning activity or process –  passionate teachers and devoted students!

What key recommendations would you like to share to ensure future efficient investments in Family and Community Nurse? 
As we have been taught by the recent pandemic, we are living in a world full of challenges in the field of health and health care. The population is ageing, and along with that, the proportion of people facing chronic and/or life threatening diseases is continually increasing.

Specialized nurses in the field of family and community nursing can have a vital role in promoting health and by addressing and managing complex health care needs. By investing in Family and Community Nurse, stakeholders are ensuring that people receive timely and quality nursing care.

I would like to finish by describing my experience during the Greek pilot quoting P. Freire. “Whoever teaches learns in the act of teaching, and whoever learns teaches in the act of learning”.

Other project updates from ENhANCE

Access a summary and lay version of the first release and key milestone of the European FCN Curriculum
Access a summary and lay version of the UTH localized curriculum for FCN (based on the ENhANCE European Curriculum) which was piloted in Greece in autumn 2019
The 6th ENhANCE consortium meeting on 4-5 June 2020 was held using the ENhANCE Open Online Tool
ENhANCE consortium marks World Health Day, 2020 
ENhANCE at the European Commission’s Workshop on Vocational Excellence and Smart Specialisation
The 5th ENhANCE consortium meeting on January 2020 was held in Dresden Germany
UEF presents ENhANCE Masters’ thesis at seminar on 12 November in Helsinki, Finland

Relevant policy updates from Europe

The “Family and Community Nurse” becomes law in Italy
Nurses have a crucial role in the Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030
2020 has been designated as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife

This Newsletter is part of the ENhANCE project (European Curriculum for Family and Community Nurse), which has received funding from the European Union, under the ERASMUS+ programme. You are receiving this newsletter because you subscribed to the ENhANCE project mailing list.