The EU-HCWM project is a 3 year project, starting in January 2014, and ending in December 2016. During this time, the project aims to achieve 5 key outputs, which will contribute to the development of a healthcare waste training package, suitable for use across the EU.

The key outputs from the project activities are;

  • An assessment of the current VET availability across the EU countries, represented by the partner countries.
  • The development of a standardised EU vocational training programme for healthcare workers.
  • The development of associated training materials for the training programme
  • The development of an e-learning platform to deliver the training programme
  • An EU wide network of waste and healthcare professionals will be established

To achieve the outputs of the project, the activities have been split into work packages. The Work Packages have been designed to support the aim and core objectives of the project in terms of the following progressive activities:

WP 1: Project Management   

WP 2: Quality Management – The quality assurance of the proper project functioning with respect to objectives and expected results will be achieved by the development of a Quality Plan and the continuous monitoring actions during the project lifetime. A quality report will be included in the context of the final project report. A set of measurable indicators will be defined and respective target values will be set in order to ensure timely and effective delivery of project outputs.

WP 3: Assessment strategy development and implementation – This package will include the development of tools to be used in the assessment and analysis of existing Healthcare Waste Management NOS’s, VET’s and skills sets of existing healthcare waste managers. Each partner will be responsible for the establishment of an in-country network which it will use as a sounding board for the project outputs and of a dissemination mechanism for agreed final project outputs and the implementation action plan. The partners will also be responsible for the preparation of a country based assessment report.

WP 4: Development of NOS for Healthcare Waste Manager – Partner 1 will compile a comparative analysis report, from the outputs of WP3. Using the comparative reports as guidance, a draft National Occupational Standard for the post of healthcare waste manager within a healthcare facility will be developed. The draft will be circulated to the partners for their comments and feedback. At the conclusion of this process a final draft will be circulated to the partners and they in turn will circulate to their stakeholder networks for comment.

WP 5: Development of a Vocational Education Programme – Each partner will be allocated a module to complete in the context of the VET and in relation to the partners skills set and capabilities. At the conclusion of this process a final draft of the VET will be circulated to the partners and they in turn will circulate to their stakeholder networks for comment.

WP 6: Evaluation – Each partner will be responsible for the internal and external evaluation of the developed NOS and the associated training package.

WP 7: Development of an e-learning platform – Partner 1 will organise the development of an e-learning platform for the new Healthcare Waste Managers Qualification (based on the NOS) through their IT consultant.

WP 8: Dissemination of Project Outputs - Launching the project website, forum, weblog and social networks at the early beginning of the project; organizing specific dissemination events (workshops, brochures, press articles, newsletters, EU presentations).

WP 9: Development of Project Outputs Exploitation Action Plan – Preparation of project Communication and Dissemination Handbook

WP 10: Implementation planning and network growth and development – Preparation and realisation of an implementation plan. This plan will include the proposed synergy between all EU member states, to improve standardisation between all member states in vocational training and education through the use of an agreed framework (NOS). The EU network will be expanded further in this stage.

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