The overall activities of the project could be classified in the following areas:

А. Primary healthcare sector

 

The project contributes to a new Primary Health Care (PHC) model. This includes newly defined roles for Nurses and General Practitioners (GPs). Activities will also address a more systematic Human Resources management and overall work towards improved health sector stewardship.

Implementation research is expected to better inform the MoH on policy reviews. Strong partnerships are created with the National Health Service of Ukraine (NHSU) and medical training institutions on important aspects of health workforce planning and management.

Key consultants:  

Sabina de Geest, Institute of Nursing, University of Basel 

Greet van Malderen, Institute of Nursing, University of Basel 

Local coordinator: 

Volodymyr Shlyonskiy, MED project  

Glib Bitiukov, MED project 

 

В. Medical educational policies

 

Medical education reform requires structural changes. New normative documents will be elaborated to enable the introduction of new policies especially for Internatura and Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

Key consultants:  

Renato Galeazzi, Switzerland

Local coordinators: 

Olena Ihnaschuk, MED project  

 

С. Capacity building of medical and nursing schools

 

The project has six partner education institutions across the country to introduce and test new instruments for improving quality of education. In details, the project is supporting medical universities and nursing academies and institutes in the following dimensions: learning environment improvement (including teachers’ skills on feedback provision, student oriented approaches), eLearning, skill labs, exchange of good practices, updating library resources, developing research capacities etc.

A particular focus is placed on clinical skills training for nurses and medical doctors to be. The project will support the development of clinical skills training centers and facilitate practice oriented training for family medicine postgraduate students.

Key consultants:

Nino Kuenzli, Swiss TPH

Sabina de Geest, Institute of Nursing, University of Basel

Greet van Malderen, Institute of Nursing, University of Basel

Axel Hoffmann, Swiss TPH

Local coordinators:

Olena Ihnaschuk, MED project

Glib Bitiukov, MED project

 

D. Continuing professional development

 

A variety of novel continuous training opportunities for primary health care providers will be put in place, such as peer review groups, conferences and eLearning courses.

Following the recently introduced law on continuous education, a new credit point based system along with quality standards will be instituted. The MED project will support the MoH with requisite legislation development, standards and the organizational procedures in order to operate successfully a new system that accredits quality postgraduate education.

Key consultant:

Renato Galeazzi, Switzerland

Local coordinators:

Olga Korolenko, MED project

Glib Bitiukov, MED project

Volodymyr Shlyonskiy, MED project

Health Care Management

New health management training formats such as the ‘Summer School on healthcare system transformation’ and “Winter School on Public Health” have proved to be highly effective in setting new standards and impulses for policy reform.

Beside the overall strengthening of managerial capacity building, the project aims at introducing a new postgraduate master in health management course.

Key consultants:

Axel Hoffmann, Swiss TPH

Wim Groot, Maastricht university

Local coordinator:

Valentyna Anufriyeva, MED project

 

E. Aligning Stakeholders, joining forces

 

Well-governed and managed health services rely on adequately qualified, trained and motivated staff. To enable effective policies leading to a quality human resource development and sufficient quantities across the country, the project will deploy a multi-stakeholder approach involving a large range of actors contributing to medical education reform.

Key consultants:

Kaspar Wyss, Swiss TPH

Regional exchanges

Primary care reform along with medical education reform is highly relevant for health systems of all post-Soviet countries. Ukraine can benefit from reform experience of other countries such as Romania, Tajikistan, Poland and the Baltics. Therefore, the project will actively support policy exchange and partnership with universities, public health institutes or governmental entities in the region.