Validation seminars of the Spanish and French pilots

In the last phase of the careNET pilots, launched in November 2013 the piloting partners, FBIS and IPERIA organised two validation seminars to introduce the project and the pilots to thank the local and national partners and to discuss the first outcomes.

Spanish-validation-seminar-250pxlOn 21th February 2014 in Burgos (Spain), FBIS presented the careNET project and the Spanish pilot to the local stakeholders and the media. To improve further the quality of life of older people and the professionalisation of care workers in Spain, FBIS encouraged the participants to access the tools of the Virtual Learning Environment and to implement the careNET training.

The stakeholders involved took part on behalf of medical institutions, i.e. Hospital Universitario de Burgos, Hospital San Juan de Dios and also in the organisations committed in social care, i.e. CUIDAMOS, in social voluntary service, i.e. Fundacion Cauce and in digital education, i.e. AULA_SMART.

Advocating for the upscaling of the careNET pilot, FBIS expounded then in detail the project to the press. Several journalists from different media took part in the event. The radio channels Onda CERO and Cadena SER joined the conference with the television channels Canal 8 and Canal Castilla y León and the newspaper Diario de Burgos.

Here is a radio interview with Jana Arribas Fontaneda, Project Manager of the careNET Spanish pilot:

French-validation-seminar-250pxlOn 10th February 2014 in Paris (France), IPERIA gathered together several stakeholders in the framework of the French validation seminar and invited Juliette Boulanger as expert in home care and independent living markets. Mrs Boulanger presented her analysis of the careNET pilot on the basis of the acceptability factors of the digital use by older people at different levels. At the individual level, the project considered the usefulness of the technology-based care, the simplicity of the use of ICT and the motivation of the participants. At the social level, the project empowered the care workers as learning mediators of ICT skills towards older people. At the organisational level, it committed to sustainable action.

The social partners, i.e. the CFTC, the FEPEM, the CFD and the CGT, with members of the General Delegation for Employment and Vocational Training (DGEFP) and of social welfare group for family employment IRCEM confirmed jointly the relevance of the careNET innovation to foster the professionalisation of care workers and to satisfy the needs of older people. The participants suggested inserting digital training to the in-service training of care workers and linking the project outcomes to the industrial sector in order to further develop the experimentation. They supported the Call for an Open Pilot, an invitation to access the piloting deliverables and to implement the careNET pilot in Europe.

The final evaluation of the careNET pilots will be published on the project website in April.