The ETPOD project is committed to design and validate a professional European Training Program on Organ Donation at different involvement levels, in order to contribute to an increase in organ donation knowledge, to maximize the impact in the growth of organ donation rates and to disseminate reliable information to the community in order to rise donation consciousness and to encourage a positive attitude towards it.
The methodology of the project responds to the cycle of: analysis of the country’s current situation, designing of adapted training program to the needs, validation and implementation of the program, follow-up, evaluation and, finally, analysis its transferability observing again the country’s current situation. The strategy is sustained on the awareness that each participant country has different donation rates per million inhabitants (pmp); therefore the project includes the following actions:
Within this framework the learning methodology to implement the ETPOD will be based in two modalities: Blended learning and face-to-face training. Learning occurs when a series of processes takes place ending with the new knowledge assimilation and objectives accomplishment. The experience-based learning action, that Transplant Procurement Management (TPM Project) as part of IL3, Institute for LifeLong Learning has successfully used, allows participants to acquire: up to date focused knowledge, development of the Know-how (professional competences and skills), the Show-how (performance of good practices) to finally enable them to perform concrete actions -Do- (application of the newly acquired knowledge and experience adapted to their own reality). Each WP defines a set of sequential actions to give fulfilment to the expected results.
The execution of the project will be carried out through four working groups (WGs) involving 17 countries and 20 partner organization representatives. The partners involved in the four Working Groups are as follows.
WG1 – Data Base Source Group will be responsible for obtaining information of the target areas before and after the implementation of the ETPOD courses in order to evaluate their influence to the organ donation rates and the staff training requirements.
WG2 – Basic Training Group will co-ordinate and follow up the Training For Trainers and Essentials in Organ Donation Training Programs.
WG3 – Professional Training Group will co-ordinate and follow up the Professional Training on Organ Donation Program plus the E-learning Virtual Modules.
WG4 – Managers Training Group will co-ordinate and follow up the Managers Training On Organ Donation.
Data Base Source Group
The Target Area (TA) is the basis of the project. It represents the unit to be studied and also the unit in which implement the work.
Each TA has to define who will be the participants to be involved in the ETPOD project:
Basic Training Group
The Training for Trainers program will allow us to prepare Senior Transplant Coordinators to implement in their own Target Area the Essentials in Organ Donation Training. The Training for Trainers program is based on the blended learning methodology, which considers both the on-line and the face-to-face training. Courses will be designed, developed and implemented in English.
The Essentials in Organ Donation Training is the basis of the Working Group 2. Its aim is to provide training related to the donation-transplant process, in order to provide health-care professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to be in charge of an organ donation-procurement program in a competent and successful way.
Professional Training Group
The aim of the Professional Training on Organ Donation Program is to train Transplant Coordinators in charge of organizing the generation of donors and / or those due to join a Transplant Coordination Office in order to update their knowledge and reinforce their competences.
The participants profile of this program is Junior Transplant Coordinator (experience up to two years) or with interest in transplant coordination with possibilities to be a future Transplant Coordinator. Communication and computer skills are essential.
The Professional Training on Organ Donation program is based on the blended learning, which considers both the on-line and the face-to-face training. Courses will be designed, developed and implemented in English language.
Managers Training Group
The aim of the Organ Donation Quality Managers Training is to provide the skills required for organizing, managing and evaluating a transplant area and promote the implementation and evaluation of quality and safety measures to hospital, regional or national donation office responsible included in the TA.