An integRatEd framework for domiciliary healthcare SkillS development.

EU Framework

CARESS offers a clear picture of the main roles, competences and curricula of homecare professionals working both in health and social care at older adults’ own homes in different EU countries.

For the first time these information have been collected and systematized in an EU Framework available for free in a web-based platform, in order to support designers of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the field of homecare to set up effective courses to address skills gaps.

CARESS Partners realized the EU Framework, which includes information on:

  • professionals actually involved in homecare, their role, skills and competencies in most of the EU countries;
  • needs and challenges in the homecare sector in most of the EU countries;
  • homecare professionals’ training needs in Italy, Spain and Finland and some other EU countries
  • existing curricula, VET and career pathways concerning home care professionals in Italy, Spain and Finland and some other EU countries.

Currently, the framework includes information about 31 EU Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, United Kingdom. For all of them a description of homecare sector (overview, needs and challenges) is provided.

The main practitioners involved in homecare have been classified in 9 categories: Nurse, Social and Health Home Care Professional, Physiotherapist, Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Psychologist, Professional Educator, Home Care Assistant, Social Care Worker.

For each category a definition has been provided. Professionals identified in each country have been assigned to a category and, where available, a professional description, the EFQ level and the ESCO code have been provided.


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