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Why SAFEMEDIC?

Aggression is inherent to all human beings and it represents individual, physical and psychological reactions to mostly but not exclusively negative emotions, irritations, fear, humiliation and provocation. One of the possible forms of expressing aggression is violence which is a form of individual, group or institution actions causing physical, psychological or material harm to other individuals, groups or institutions.

Nowadays, violence is considered as a regular phenomenon in the health service which is why SAFEMEDIC aims to improve the workplace safety of healthcare professionals by increasing their skills and competences in dealing with difficult situations.

Find out more about the project’s findings and explore our online training platform available to all, free of charge, in the form of a Moodle platform at https://moodle.safemedic.eu/

SAFEMEDIC training available on YouTube Channel

The chief goal of SAFEMEDIC 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 has designed a complex multi-stakeholder, inter-disciplinary course for healthcare students, predominantly focused at paramedics and nurses.

In addition to the didactic materials and project’s intellectual outputs available in a Moodle format, the project consortium has produced a number of interactive videos which are now available on the SAFEMEDIC YouTube Channel.

Introducing the SAFEMEDIC Coursebook: Violence and Aggression in the Health Care Sector

As part of its expected outcomes, the SAFEMEDIC project consortium has developed an educational course looking at the conflict management skills and knowledge of healthcare professionals. Titled “Violence and Aggression in the Health Care Sector”, the course can be described as a uniform, comprehensive and complete programme applicable to all partner countries, while also being adaptable enough for use in the rest of Europe and beyond.

The majority of educational materials is now available online, free of charge, together with the Coursebook, in the form of multimedia interactive materials in a Moodle format that can be found here: https://moodle.safemedic.eu/

SAFEMEDIC Workshop: Nicosia 2019

The SAFEMEDIC consortium ran a workshop at the 2nd International Congress of Health Workforce Education and Research that took place at the European University Cyprus in Nicosia, Cyprus from Thursday 9th May 2019 to Friday 10th May 2019. The Congress is held once a year and is a prime meeting place for international health workforce educators, researchers and policy makers. This year saw delegates from over 20 countries converge in Nicosia to discuss ‘Future Education for Healthcare’.

The workshop aimed to outline the SAFEMEDIC project as a whole while also acting as a consultation space for the consortium to glean new ideas and insights into the teaching materials. By using the international delegates’ experiences and hearing about the ‘national reality’ of violence and aggression towards healthcare professionals in different countries, leads from the project were able to ensure that they can improve and tailor outcomes to be best used across Europe.

The overall Congress theme tied in nicely with the project aims and challenged delegates to reassess the education and training provided to healthcare professionals “during a time of great change for global healthcare systems the future education of healthcare professionals is key to ensuring long term sustainability for populations. International institutions have called for policies that allow for the education of flexible health professionals capable of dealing with the ever-changing healthcare environment. A multi-stakeholder and inter-professional approach to tackling this issue is paramount to ensuring this takes place.”

Workshop facilitators Emer, Przemek and David would like to thank all those who took part in the event for their extremely valuable contribution to the session and the project as a whole.

2nd Project Meeting: Kaunas, Lithuania

The 2nd project meeting of the SAFEMEDIC project took place in Kaunas, Lithuania on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th March 2019. The meeting lasted a full two days with representatives of all 6 project partners attending. The agenda focused on assessing the work completed during the first six months of the project with Intellectual Output (IO) leads presenting on their curriculum plans and the future development of teaching materials.

The meeting took place in the buildings of Kauno Kolegija and coincided with the 11th International Week hosted at the college. With the weeks theme of “From Idea to Product” consortium members were also able to hear lectures and talks by international speakers which will surely help us deliver our goals.

An action plan for the coming months has been mapped out to ensure the timely provision of all intellectual outputs. The team will now work hard on their individual outputs before meeting again in Maribor, Slovenia on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd November 2019.

Kick Off Meeting: Kielce, Poland

The Kick-Off meeting for the SAFEMEDIC (Personal Safety of Medical Personnel in Difficult Professional Situations) project took place in Kielce, Poland at the headquarters of the project coordinator, Wyzsza Szkola Ekonomii, Prawa i Nauk Medycznych im. prof. Edwarda Lipinskiego w Kielcach.

The project brings together 6 partners from 6 different EU countries and aims to improve the workplace safety of healthcare professionals by increasing their skills and competences in dealing with difficult situations. The project runs for two years from November 2018 until October 2020.

The meeting enabled partners to meet each other, discuss the aims and objectives of the project and also map out an action plan to ensure the timely provision of deliverables and intellectual outputs. The meeting was a great success and the next consortium meetings has been scheduled for March 2019 in Kaunas, Lithuania.