OUTPUT 1 - Setting up an approach protocol for the patient with below-the-knee vascular disease. The project intends to  create a curriculum  based  for BTK vascular disease in Europe and to create completely updated teaching materials.  Therefore, the relevant professional groups in sector should know better the use of current techniques for the below the knee vascular disease.

We aim  to update and improve instructors knowledge and improve related professional groups. In this context, this project will solve a major deficiency.  The purpose of this protocol is to first describe the basic level for training in the field which should be the same throughout Europe. The partners should review the content of the European Syllabus regarding the aspects of open and endovascular therapy for below the knee vascular disease and we should adapt a new protocol in order to meet the needs of European  vascular organizations and workers (better qualifications for the vascular surgeons with interest in this domain. As the profession has evolved, it is necessary to update the qualification, which will facilitate the movement of students across the EU member states and create the possibility to enter training in other countries. The project implements the process aimed to accumulate and recognize learning outcomes that currently exist in different partner organizations, but that are still just hypothetical. This syllabus is developed and produced by an international partnership of vocational training centres, national certifying bodies and representatives from the profession. The trainee is trained to a basic level in the most frequent tasks and is able to cope with the ethics and hazards involved in the work. The format of the training programme is modular and therefore allows integration with existing training for updates and extension. It also has possibilities of completion of an education in another institute in Europe. The project partners and the network members are very positive towards the future of below-the-knee vascular disease treatment in Europe.

Within the sylabus we will embed a unique perspective, that is the trade mark of our project: how to make a doctor a lifelong learner, by shifting from Continuing Medical Development towards Continuing Professional Development.  Following the extendive research done by European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, we will include the transversal key competencies alongside the direct technical ones related to the new protocol.

The output leader will provide a working methodology and templates for collecting input from partners Each partner will focus on delivering information based on national research and innovation. The non-surgical partner, P2 CPIP will embed lifelong learning perspectives and follow that transveral competencies are met. Also will monitor that the construction of the syllabus will follow a "learning outcomes approach" of the ECVET as the same time the medical profession standards are respected. The output leader will collect all the above and make in a unitary document that will be subject to partner's scientific scrutiny before  declaring it final.  This output will be than integrated into the next two, becoming the basis of the learning experience we propose to the partners' surgical teams.

OUTPUT 2 - The creation of an online platform. The on-line platform will be developed on the basis of the protocol and hosted on the website of the aplicant organisation. The e-learning platform offers an educational format that integrates in a coherent manner all the key aspects of an experience of distance education: teaching, technology, organization.

The platform will be developed to achieve the following activities:

- Individual study (developed in accordance with the rhythm suggested by the teachers) based on:

  • Teaching materials that offer the basic content of each course in multimedia version;
  • Specific resources made available on-line by the teachers during the course (slides, explanations, notes)
- Tests during the course on each subject: at the end of each subject the trainees must take the assessment test and a final exam on-line; practical final exam will be done at the headquarters of the school that manages the e-learning course.

Each potential trainee will be provided with a user-name and a password. These credentials will allow access to the Internet platform dedicated to the course and to educational materials. On the platform, the trainees will find for each subject the following:

  • Lessons and exercises
  • Collaborative activities (on-line)
  • Tests
  • On-line forum for general discussion, requests for clarifications, explanations, etc.
  • Specific learning resources (exercises, supplementary materials, etc.)

The platform will be developed according to industry standard, following the development of "learning objects" to match the ECVET's units of learning outcomes. The platform will be adaptable, inter-operable and structured in a way that allows updating and costant adding of personal learning experiences by the users in cooperation with their modertors. 

The output leader will research the latest trends in on-line training and education, proposing to partners the best option giving the fact the the surgical teams are novice at on-line study and need an intermediary user friendly approach. Than the output leader will present the working methodology and how materials meed to be developed by partners in order to be compatible with the platform. Each partner will develop allocated outputs and upload multimedia training materials. Also each partner will enroll participants and tutors, create classes and test the platform to its maximum capability. Once the platform is fit to purpose, the output leader will produce a user manual both for learner and for tutors

OUTPUT 3 - TRAINING TOOLKIT - This tool kit will be addressed to two main categories: there will be the trainee who wants to learn the last protocol for below the knee vascular disease approach and for the teachers who will disseminate the information contained in the tool kit. The kit will contain the handbook with the protocol (developed in O1 output), an USB flyer with access to the platform and the user's manual and the teachers' manual in order to diseminate the information).

The toolkit is a fundamental output to put the other two to public eye and usage in hospitals. It is a resource pack that instruments a surgeon to train its surgical team into the usage of the new protocol and the learning platform.  The content of the Toolkit is divided across several topics that broadly cover the following issues:

  • Principles of learning
  • Guidance on preparing for training
  • Guidance on how to use the participatory training methods
  • Guidance on the writing and production of handouts and overhead projections
  • Suggestions for evaluating training.

If you are an experienced trainer or facilitator, then you could use the Toolkit as a reference tool or as support material to update your current practice. If you are new to training or lack experience in facilitating learning, then you might find it useful to read all of the Toolkit and then use it as a support document to assist you in planning and carrying out your training.

The learning process is fundamental to training. It is therefore vital that the facilitator have a basic understanding of the process in order to assess the most effective approach to training for a given situation. Our toolkit will provide this information for both the on-line and off-line contexts.

The output leader will develop a structure of the toolkit and propose it to the partners. Each partner will provide contents and ideas on how to give solide substance to the toolkit, integrating all kind of practical and theoretical information useful to a surgical trainer to train its team using the new protocol and the new learning platform. Here the lifelong learning process and its promotion will have a major step, advocating for the necessity of shift between Continuing Medical Training towards Continuing Professional Development, focusing on the transversal key competencies. Once we have the final document, each partner will print 50 toolkits for distribution in hospitals, universities and research training centers in each partner country.