Project Aims

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.

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.

Improving quality of care should include rights of health workers as well patients to ensure true compliance with human rights principles. And, these principles have to be translated into effective legal provisions. SAFEMEDIC will explore these issues from education to practice

Soosmita Sinha

President of the Health Law Institute

Interprofessional education is vital to develop successful and sustained collaborative practice amongst health and social care professionals in their day to day work. This allows them to value each other’s skills and knowledge, develop strong relationships and trust which enhances patient care. This holistic view of health care as a partnership of all concerned can only be of benefit when considering the personal safety of staff.

Lesley Diack

Professor at Robert Gordon University
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Wyzsza Szkola Ekonomii, Prawa i Nauk Medycznych im. prof. Edwarda Lipinskiego w Kielcach, Poland

Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland

Vysoka Skola Zdravotnicka, Czech Republic

Alma Mater Europaea-Evropski Center, Slovenia

Kauno Kolegija, Lithuania

International Network for Health Workforce Education, Spain

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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.

The SAFEMEDIC project runs from November 2018 to October 2020 with results expected to be produced in 2020.

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