BeWell – A Future Health Workforce Strategy on Digital and Green Skills
Project Status: ONGOING (July 2022-June 2026)
What aims and scope
To prepare a strategy on upskilling and reskilling the European healthcare workforce to be able to cope with future challenges and evolving societal expectations.
How it will become possible
Comprising 24 organisation partners from 11 European countries, the BeWell project will help promote the sustainable transformation of European health systems by four primary actions, including:
- Developing skills intelligence on the digital and green skills needs of the health workforce
- Establishing the first Blueprint Alliance for the health ecosystem to create a skills strategy to be implemented at a local, regional, national and, ultimately, European level via the Pact for Skills
- Launching a large-scale skills partnership under the Pact for Skills initiative
- Conceiving and implementing a pilot training programme on digital and green skills in the healthcare sector and for emerging occupational profiles.
Where EHMA will deliver
EHMA is coordinator of the BeWell Project and leads on the development of the skills strategy on the digital and green upskilling and reskilling of the health and care workforce. The aim of the strategy is to advocate lifelong learning and continuing professional development as key elements to raise awareness about the advantages of the uptake of digital and green upskilling and reskilling and calls upon policy makers to integrate the health and care workforce’s needs into the design and implementation of policies at local, regional, national, and ultimately at European level.
In addition, EHMA in collaboration with EUREGHA coordinate the Pact for Skills: Large-scale Partnership for the health ecosystem. A pan-European multi-stakeholder Partnership on the upskilling and reskilling of the health and care workforce to further support the twin transition of the health ecosystem.
How to get involved:
- The Pact for Skills: Large-scale Partnership for the Health Ecosystem was launched in December of 2022 and is coordinated by EHMA and EUREGHA. The Partnership is set up between education and training providers, HE and VET, key industry stakeholders, public authorities, labour market actors and research institutions. The aim of the Partnership is to create a movement to discuss, anticipate and address the skill needs of the health and care workforce. You can register your organisation as a member of the LSP here by following a step-by-step guidance note. The registration number to join the Health Partnership is 1034. More information can be found on the BeWell website.
- BeWell launched the first version of the BeWell Skills Strategy during the EHMA Conference in Rome on 7 June 2023. The first version of the strategy has been created by using BeWell consortium expertise. To further validate the strategy, in January 2024, EHMA will launch an online public consultation inviting patients, health and care professionals as well as decision makers to actively participate in the consultation and provide their expertise. The online consultation will last until December 2025.
- In the context of digital and green skills intelligence, BeWell partner, Nivel, is inviting health and care stakeholders to participate in a survey that aims to capture the experience, perspectives and ideas of health and care professionals regarding digital and green skills. The survey is available here. If you have any questions, please email Prof Dr Ronald Batenburg.
Co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or EACEA. Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.
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