The general objective of the `e-CAPACIT8` project is to strengthen the capacities of European occupational health professionals (OHPs), so that they can facilitate the process of workers` ageing. The primary objective is built on four specific objectives (SOs), namely:
SO 1: to analyse and review the state of the art of the European OHPs` training curricula;
SO 2: to identify and continuously enrol the biggest possible number of stakeholders in the project, throughout its duration;
SO 3: to develop training material for use through the platform;
SO 4: to launch the functional version of the e-learning platform and actively enrol active users.
It is believed that such a formulation of the SOs will foster coherent proceedings during the project, whereas their successful completion will warrant the achievement of the project`s overall aim.
Firstly, the proposed project falls in line with the Europe 2020 Strategy, which makes an explicit reference to the promotion of active and healthy ageing. Nowadays, it is said that maintenance of good health up to a higher age is critical to the extension of people`s work abilities. It is mainly in that regard that the recognition and improvement of OHPs` capacities appears strategically relevant. By touching upon the intersection of employment and health, the project also corresponds to the inclusive growth agenda. Finally, it is believed that the foreseen mobilization of OHPs, will also facilitate the creation of a more cohesive and sustainable approach towards older workers` health protection.
In terms of its contribution to the 2nd Health Programme, this project is directly related to two of the Programme`s main objectives, namely:
- the promotion of health and
- the generation and dissemination of health information and knowledge.
Realization of the project will involve such actions of the 2012 annual work plan as `capacity building` and `partnering for change`.
It is planned that the project will employ the following methods and means, drafted in relation to SOs:
- examination of materials concerning OHPs` training curricula will be achieved by reviews of: literature, national legislative provisions and initiatives, good practices and the actual contents of OHPs` training curricula, Delphi method for curricula evaluation,
- identification and recruitment of end-users will be achieved by web-based searches of the most vital national actors, liaison with OHPs` associations and service units, postage of promotional materials and project resume, publication of press releases, creation of stakeholders` database,
- development of educational materials will be achieved by: brainstorming sessions, consultations with OH experts and pursuits of feedback from end-users (during national workshops) and the Collaborating Partners (Delphi method),
- delivery and evaluation of the e-learning platform will be achieved by: launch of the platform`s beta version, initial functionality test, upload of materials, feedback pursuit and fine-tuning of the resource.
The main outcome of this project will be an integration of OHPs into the contemporary practices of older workers` (50+) health protection. Owing to the practical and transferable orientation of the project`s deliverables, it is expected that OHPs from across 13 EU countries will, first of all, benefit from an increased awareness of the problem. Secondly, they will be provided with context- specific educational materials, which will strengthen their capacities to improve the health of the ageing workforces. Moreover, it is expected that the project will yield a considerable interest of several national and international stakeholders. An interest, which will stimulate a cross- border exchange of ideas and experiences between a multitude of actors and one that will hopefully result in a more sustainable betterment of older workers` health. In the longer term, the project may also contribute to the possible modifications of OHPs` training curricula or the development of similar, web- based resources they could use in relation to other groups (e.g. vulnerable workers).