Safety and hygiene – safer environment project’s results are presented at EfVET Conference in Valencia, Spain October 26th to 29th, 2016 at Round Table Session. If You are interested in digital teaching and learning in Vocational Education and Training, please come and join our session. At the time of the conference our project has passed the first year and a big amount of the material is on the platform. We will tell you about our tasks, and show what we have been working on. We are waiting for discussions about aligning curricula in cross-border cooperation and the possibilities of the digital and multilingual digital learning material.
In November two SAFHy Seminars take place: one in Tallinn (November the 9th) and the other in Helsinki (November the 10th). Presentations of SAFHY results take place in original language. These seminars are targeted for VET providers and educators interested in digital teaching/learning possibilities, moreover to employers and employees working in health care or cleaning sector fields. Bring your collegues with You, come and let us present the SAFHY platform to You.
On May 2016 we had a possibility to film at Viljandi hospital in Estonia. The hospital is located in a beautiful town of Viljandi in the Central district of Estonia. We filmed health care employees doing their work with patients. Good videos were filmed of hygiene practices with stoma patients and patients with supra pubic urine catheter. We didn’t film patients’ faces to ensure their intimacy. However, they were enthusiastic about participating these videos as actors and wanted to help us as much they could.
The staff at Viljandi hospital is dedicated to their patients and willing to develop employees’ professional competence continously. The Director of Nursing at the hospital, Ms Kaja Koger, is actually working for the SAFHY project, and also educating Care Workers at Järva County Vocational Training Centre. In Estonia educators usually work at the hospital, even though they have educator’s responsibilities at VET organisations. Compared to Finnish VET this is different.
Cleaning services are mostly provided at the times not following office hours. Cleaners’ work might be invisible, but the work’s results are truly visible. Cleaning contact surfaces for examle is important to avoid the risk of contamination of harmful germs. Lately we have read on newspapers in Finland about Norovirus infections on Finland’s boats. Sometimes viruses are going through metamorphosis and they are coming back even stronger and more vital. Many harmful germs have resistence for antibiotics and makes cleaning efforts even more important.
We filmed a video about contamination during the fluperiod, and how to clean contact surfaces at a Health Care Center in Tallinn.
In our project we have six associated partners representing working life. In Estonia our associated partners are Tartu University Hospital (cleaning) and Järva County Hospital (health care). In Finland associated partners representing cleaning sector are SOL, Nurmijärvi Municipality and Mestaritoiminta, City of Järvenpää. City of Järvenpää is also representing health care sector in the project. Associated partners want to develop employees’ knowledge and skills, but also give their competence for the project’s use. They are participating our Workshops and giving working life’s point view to the development of the teaching material.
We have been cooperating with associated partners during the project and the latest filming in the end of May took place at Health Care Centre in Järvenpää. Also we have filmed in Health Care Centres in Tallinn and at Viljandi hospital. VET organisations pay attention to the needs of the real working life and in curricula development, working life needs to be listened as well. SAFHY material can later be used also in associated partner organisations for example during students training periods or in apprenticeship training and in employees preceptorship programmes.
Waste management in health care was a difficult topic for us to develop. We are targeting to create common digital learning material for both countries’ (Estonia and Finland) VET in cross-border cooperation. Practices sometimes differ from each other, and the legislation is not same in both countries. We solved the problem by deciding to use WHO’s hierarchy of different waste types. The material is useable in many countries. In addition it has some features of Estonian and Finnish waste management practices to complement WHO’s hierarchy.
An other challenge is to find an appropriate level and amount of the information provided. How much information is enough for the certain selected level of qualifications? Curricula alignment and close look to curricula are the key points here and helping us to find out the answer, but is it all said so clearly in curriculum?