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Development of a common training programme for long-term ABI caregivers
Start date: Oct 1, 2009,

Acquired brain injuries (ABI) are one of the biggest medico-social problems in the western countries. Many of the individuals who suffered a severe brain injury and live in the community today would have likely not survived their injuries 25 years ago. But they are facing the often extensive and wide ranging consequences of ABI. According to the European Brain Injury Society (EBIS) more than 10,000 persons are severely handicapped due to ABI in Europe each year. ABI is a lifelong injury that impacts function across the lifespan. Long-term care poses different questions and problems than acute care. ABI present problems that are not well understood or treated. The need for training and certification has been recognized increasingly nationally and internationally to increase the quality of services. A questionnaire survey report of staff working directly with persons with ABI in different institutions and organizations in Slovenia in 2008 concluded that 95% of staff needed specialized training. No formal specialized training is available for long-term ABI service providers in partner countries. The project will respond to the growing need for training at European, national and institutional level. European experts in the field of brain injury long-term rehabilitation, care and support and vocational education and training will develop support for care givers. Additionally the new training programme will offer an apprentice aspect that will allow staff to receive intensive, contextualized training enabling them to better serve persons with ABI. The common training programme will ensure transparency and comparability, guaranteeing its mutual recognition while not excluding specific national characteristics and will enhance and promote equal standards in service providers training. The training programme on CD-ROM and training materials (the European Manual on ABI training) will be available in all partner languages to ensure the linguistic diversity and transferability. The trans-national synthesis transferability report will directly address the issue of further implementation and will provide an action plan for activities beyond the scope of the project. The project is the first step of a common European pathway in long-term care and support for persons with ABI.

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