Welcome to the project homepage of the EU-Project DG SANCO/1/2009:

Pilot network and knowledge-database on the education, regulation and employment situation of persons working within healthcare with a qualification below the standard of registered nurses defined by the EU Directive 2005/36/E

The EU and its member states are confronted with a new employment situation in the health sector, particularly in relation to professional qualifications and duties carried out by healthcare assistants. That group can be referred to as “persons working within healthcare with a qualification below the standard of registered nurses”. They might be reffered to as "healthcare assistants", also they don`t necessarily work as assistants to registered nurses in all countries and settings.

Both the consideration of health workforce planning and supply and the impact of health worker mobility within the EU are reasons for an examination of the education regulations and employment legislation for that occupational group. Actions related to that purpose should help dealing with that new employment situation at European level. One action that has been put forward by the Commission Decision C(2009)6096 of 6 August 2009 is a pilot network of nurse educators and regulators exchanging best practices to improve the qualifications of healthcare assistants with a particular emphasis on cross-border mobility.

This project’s overall objective is to implement this action. In pursuit of that objective, the following tasks are to be carried out:

  • To produce a map of the EU in terms of the different legislative frameworks for the employment and duties of healthcare assistants
  • To examine the scope of the skills and competences required of these staff within the EU
  • To exchange and map best practices in training for healthcare assistants and to take into account opportunities for the cross-border mobility of this cadre of staff
  • To make recommendations for training requirements for healthcare assistants
  • To make recommendations for educational support for informal carers

Therefore, the expected project results will be a map showing educational/training requirements for healthcare assistants as well as a shared understanding of their core competencies and standards. Based on these, a consensus on the benchmarks for enhanced education and training programs throughout the EU has to be reached.