PULSE 2.0: Assessment of language and communication skills for foreign nursing assistants and caregivers

Although nursing is mostly regulated across the EU, there are limitations regarding nursing assistant/care workers regulation, which vary considerably among different member states. Most regulators require language testing as part of the process of registration and accessing the profession in the host country. The reasons behind this are about patient safety. Healthcare decision making requires that the patient and professionals are able to exchange information clearly and freely.

Being generally competent in the language of the hosting country did not mean they had the ‘right’ language skills. Moreover, in nursing and caregiving work language is used to facilitate quality care and inform and educate recipients of that care. Language and communication skills and proper cultural behaviours become a fundamental tool in order to increase the job opportunities of health personnel.

The Pulse 2.0 project will reinforce and facilitate language and communication competencies relevant to the medical workplace in order to improve employability and enhance European competitiveness.

The project aims at:
· improvement and assessment of language, communicative and intercultural competencies of nursing assistant and caregivers who work or plan to work in a foreign country;
· improvement of capacities of VET and language education providers by delivering to them tailored products: workplace language learning and assessment didactic and tools relevant to lower-skilled healthcare professional groups;
· the project addresses nursing assistants and personal care workers in mobility or planning mobility, organisations providing tailored training for health care staff and employers in the health care sector.

- designing, piloting and validating assessment tools aimed at measuring language proficiency in Swedish, Italian and German as foreign languages in an occupational context, more specifically in the nursing and caregiving sector in Sweden, Austria and Italy.
- providing autonomous access to innovative language learning resources and instruments for language skills testing;
- facilitating the development of innovative language learning and assessment practices in the field of vocational education and training;
- rising awareness of the needs of inclusion and of cultural and linguistic diversity in a professional context.

For more information, please visit the project website: http://pulse-project.eu/ 

Financial support: European Commision, Erasmus + Programme
Duration: 1 October 2019  to 31 October 2021.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website and all its contents reflect the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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