Goal of the study
The study ‘Support for the definition of core competences for healthcare assistants’ (CC4HCA) is funded by the European Commission’s Health Programme 2014. The aim of this study is to explore the interest among all EU Member States of the European Union in developing a common position on the skills, knowledge and competences of health care assistants (HCAs) in Europe. Upon sufficient interest this can be translated in a suggestion for a common training framework (CTF) under the EU Directive on the recognition of Professional Qualifications. The study investigates the consensus among representatives from the EU Member States, and hence the feasibility for a CTF for HCAs in Europe. The common position and definition of HCA skills, knowledge and competences needs to be supported by competent authorities and professional organizations that are able and willing to define the skills, knowledge and competences of health care assistants in their country.
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This study builds upon earlier work of a pilot Network of Nurse Educators and Regulators (‘Creating a Pilot Network of Nurse Educators and Regulators‘ (SANCO/1/2009)) which was finalized in 2013. The report of this study and additional information can be found on the following website: http://www.hca.network.eu