IDECO - Improving transparency for Department Coordinators in long term care facilities

Department coordinators are professionals involved the management of facilities and in the coordination of technical staff. They should be considered of primarily importance in change management process but, in many qualification systems, “department coordinator” is a qualification not precisely outlined. For this reason, vocational pathways to become department coordinator are not easily identifiable. As an effect, the acknowledgment and the exploitation of experiences and know-how learn in other Countries or other sectors is problematic. This  affect in particular non-formal and informal training as for instance voluntary work which should be considered perfectly focused for the profession.

Moreover, the changes in quality management approach in long term care institutes make the definition of “department coordinator” more difficult. In Germany, department coordinator professional profile is clearly defined and the training pathways disciplined by law. The IDECO project aims at making  the German training model transferable in other contexts thanks to the application of the ECVET system. Preparatory context studies will contribute to the adaptation of the model to target territories. The testing of the adapted model will bring to the validation of a fully transferable model which should be replicated also in other contexts. The incorporation of the model into regional policy is the goal of mainstreaming activities carried out with policy makers.

The consortium is composed by training agencies with specific know how in long term care facilities and European projects management. Partnership involves also social partners as employer associations and a trade union. The dialogue between these different categories will help to obtain transparency and recognition of learning outcomes and qualifications for department coordinator profile. Department coordinators often have the same responsibility of a manager but the remuneration of a common employers. The project will demonstrate that an appropriate training for department coordinators  guarantees better performances to the organization and contributes to the increase of services quality.