Skills for small and medium-sized enterprises that provide welfare and nursing services through simulation based education

Timetable

1.8.2017-31.12.2019

Funding

European Social Fund (ESF)

Description

Social welfare and health care (SOTE) reform, the ageing of the population in the countryside and of the staff in small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as a decrease in work force cause challenges and call for adaptation of small enterprises that provide welfare and nursing services. In the future, the skills of the staff in small enterprises providing health care/welfare and social services will become more complex. The objective of this project is to address the challenges of this reform by developing training tailored for the needs of these small and medium-sized enterprises, such as service coordination and remote service training that came along the social welfare and health care (SOTE) reform, as well as by creating a multidisciplinary cooperation and competence network. In addition, the target of this project is to promote small and medium-sized enterprises’ competitiveness on the market by developing staff competence, which could increase enterprises’ popularity from both clients’ and future workers’ perspective. The project partly addresses local and regional labour force needs and thus promotes employment.

The actions of this project increase the supply, quality and opportunity for necessary staff training in small and medium-sized enterprises of health care/welfare and social services in South Ostrobothnia. Apart from small and medium-sized enterprises that provide services for the elderly and people suffering from mental problems, the target group also consists of small and medium-sized enterprises that provide services for child protection and youth homes. The project is realized as a cooperation between Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, Seinäjoki Joint Municipal Authority for Education SEDU, and South Ostrobothnia Health Technology Development Centre EPTEK.

A competence and training needs survey was carried out in order to plan the training module based on the needs of the staff in small and medium-sized enterprises. According to the thematic areas pointed out in the survey, a multiprofessional simulation training for the staff of small and medium-sized enterprises will be designed as a cooperation between teachers from Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences and Seinäjoki Joint Municipal Authority for Education SEDU, as well as specialists from South Ostrobothnia Health Technology Development Centre EPTEK. The simulation
training will be carried out as various workshops, skills workshops, and full scale- simulation, both in the project partners’ simulation environments and on the premises of small and medium-sized enterprises.

Furthermore, the project provides tailored training solutions to support those members of the staff working in small and medium-sized enterprises who do not have previous professional training, or who have poor basic skills required for working life. To support the implementation of multi-professional simulation training for small and medium-sized enterprises, co-operation between project participants and enterprises is developed to promote a multi-professional, network-oriented simulation- environment. A simulation-learning environment will be developed both as a concrete environment and as a network-oriented environment promoting local and regional cooperation.

This project will bring about permanent changes. The cognitive abilities and professional skills of staff members of small and medium-sized enterprises of health care/welfare and social services in South Ostrobothnia will develop. The popularity and competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises will improve. Stronger staff competence brings about improved client- and work safety. The effects of this project will be complex and wide-ranging, visible as an improvement of health care, welfare and social service provision for the local population.

A multi-professional, network-oriented simulation-training model will be permanently adopted as a cooperative modus operandi for Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, the Vocational Educational Centre Sedu, the Hospital District of South Ostrobothnia, and the South Ostrobothnia Health Technology Development Centre EPTEK. Innovative and efficient ways to share information and knowledge among partners will be developed due to this project. A common forum for information sharing for project members and enterprises will remain a digital platform, where it will be possible to share information and topical issues. Furthermore, small and medium-sized enterprises can also advertise their services on this digital platform. More efficient communication habits and a better network could be mentioned as long-term effects of this project.

Special attention is paid in this project to equality between men and women regarding the right to participate to simulation training and competence development. In addition, the project guarantees equality concerning access to training for staff members of various ages. A tailor-made training package also supports those staff members who have weaker working abilities. In order to promote sustainable development, the staff in small and medium-sized enterprises will be trained to see the relevant aspects related to environmentally sustainable development as an essential part both for success factors, as well as for public and business image. In this project, we aim at promoting people’s treatment with equality, at ensuring everybody’s participation, as well as at promoting people’s wellbeing and functional ability. From the perspective of social resilience, the project activity concentrates on permanence on the work market, strong competence, and promotion of social inclusion. Regardless of the background factors, the participant small and medium-sized enterprises are guaranteed equal opportunities to participate to simulation training, which promotes their competence and inclusion.

Project partners