The SIENHA project (Strategic innovative educational network for healthy ageing), led by the professor Elena Carrillo-Álvarez, principal investigator of the Blanquerna-URL Research Group Global Research on Wellbeing (GRoW), is being funded by the European Commission, within the framework of the Erasmus+ program. It is a project involving several higher education institutions in Europe and is coordinated by the Ramon Llull University.
From January to May, each of the partners have been collecting information and reviewing related literature in order to scope a review of competences needed by health and social professionals to promote healthy ageing. After that, the plan is to define the profile and number of stakeholders involved, that should represent the different sectors involved in the topic of the scoping review, in this case: professional competences for healthy ageing. Therefore, the participants will include: professionals of the disciplines, adolescents, young adults, adults, elderly, people that influence decisions on the content of educational programs and, representatives of public administrations dealing with healthy ageing.
These weeks, they will be able to start a consultation whose goal is to corroborate their results (from both the scientific and gray literature search) with the stakeholders. Specifically, the project members aim at identifying unmet needs to promote healthy ageing across the lifespan in ageing populations, and competencies that should exist in the curriculums of the health and social professionals that deal with healthy ageing.
The general aim of the SIENHA project is to promote healthy ageing among European countries through the development of competencies of health and social care professionals in order to: understand healthy ageing as a lifelong process, which requires greater attention at all stages; foster the development of competencies of students, teachers and professionals; promote the exchange of knowledge and learn from best practices in higher education; and increase the involvement of citizens in personal health care and healthy ageing.
The universities involved in this project are: Santa Casa da Misericordia de Lisboa, Heimerer College, HU University of Applied Sciences, Hochschule für Gesundheit, Nicolaus Copernicus University, JAMK University of Applied Sciences and the Blanquerna-URL School of Health Science.
The Erasmus+ program is the EU program to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. The program contributes to the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs, social justice and inclusion, and to the objectives of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020).