The BeWell project aims to form an alliance. The alliance will build a movement of all healthcare stakeholders that support, and are committed to, the development, implementation, and upscaling of the future health workforce strategy on the upskilling and reskilling of the European health workforce.
BeWell’s ultimate goal is to develop a green and digital skills strategy for the health ecosystem. The strategy will be implemented at various levels – such as local, regional, national, and European levels – through the European Pact for Skills.
BeWell will address existing skill mismatches and strengthen personnel’s competencies. It will enable Europe’s health workforce to be better prepared to face future challenges and adapt to evolving societal contexts. The project will last for 48 months from 1 July 2022 onwards.
Actors: Europe’s overall pact for skills is the first to be set up under Europe’s skills agenda that started in 2020. Launched in 2020, the pact for skills encourages people and organisations to contribute through their key roles in upskilling/reskilling the European health workforce. Among organisations and people that can get involved are companies; workers; national, regional and local authorities; social partners; cross-industry and sectoral organisations; education and training providers; chambers of commerce; and employment services.
Co-creation of training: BeWell will build comprehensive curricula and training programmes that will target all types of professionals in the health workforce (including health students, health professionals e.g., nurses, doctors, operators, and managers, and professionals in emerging occupations). The training programmes will be co-created by universities, vocational educational and training (VET) providers, and companies. They will reach target populations through both initial education and continuing professional development.
Underpinning principles: BeWell will be developed based on 10 principles that support respect for and unification of the diversity of Europe's health ecosystem. Among the principles: digital skills for skills-mix innovations in care integration; patient-centredness; collaboration and co-creation; inclusiveness and diversity.
Consortium: The project consortium has 24 beneficiaries and 5 associated partners from 11 countries. The partnership brings together a substantial and diverse pool of leaders who represent stakeholders in the health sector at regional, national, and European levels. A wide range of educational institutions; professional associations; and trade-related bodies are involved.
BeWell’s early initiatives will be around mapping and anticipation of the digital (and “green”) future skills sets needed by the health systems/services workforce(s).
EHTEL welcomes its members’ ideas on the kinds of inputs that they can offer to BeWell.
A preliminary overview includes contributions to activities that will take place during BeWell’s first year of activities.
EHTEL potential contributions could add value to:
- Skills intelligence:
- Identifying what are the priorities among the training skills needed in members of the health workforce.
- Helping to validate skills strategies.
- Evidence awareness:
- Knowing about:
- Workforce skills needs.
- Training methodologies.
- Drawing on EHTEL members’ knowledge about the digital revolution in health and care; use of digital tools and methods.
- Helping to facilitate communication among consortium partners.
- Contributing to a web-based shared information space.