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Continuing Educational Development and Harmonisation of Expert Teachers in General Practice/Family Medicine
in Europe through a systematic process of quality improvement (CEDinGPII)


Project n°:
2013-1-PL1-LEO05-37537
Period of realisation: 01/01/2014 31/12/2015


The importance of General Practice/Family Medicine as a pivotal part of primary health care systems is widely recognized all over the world. General practitioners / family doctors play a pivotal role in ensuring that patients acquire appropriate, comprehensive and cost-efficient health care protection. Specialty training and continuing education for European general practitioners/family doctors is a crucial matter due to  upcoming medical and demographic challenges as well as due to growing scale of medical workers mobility across European Union countries. Such education programmes require a skilled workforce of general practitioner/family medicine teachers, who need to be trained for this purpose.

The CEDinGPII Project (full title: Continuing Educational Development and Harmonisation of Expert Teachers in General Practice/Family Medicine in Europe through a systematic process of quality improvement) was launched in January 20014. It is a two year Project co-funded by the European Union within the Leonardo da Vinci Programme.

The Project is aimed at development of General Practice/Family Medicine (GP/FM) teachers competencies appraisal process to ensure greater harmonisation and convergence of the GP/FM teachers competencies at the European level. It will provide properly evaluated, high quality and formally accepted tool for appraising GP/FM teachers competencies.

The project is a continuation of the previous one (Framework for Continuing Educational Development of Trainers  in General Practice in Europe,  no 2010-1-PL1-LEO05-11460) and is run by seven organizations from five countries. All of the project partners have great experience in GP/FM education projects and employ highly recognized European experts.

The Project tangible products will be:

  • Document describing the process of appraising the level of expertise in GP teachers (WP2);

  • Template for use in the appraisal of portfolios of teaching expertise (WP3) used to ensure that decisions made in appraisal of teacher expertise are reliable and valid and can be applied in a European context;

  • An electronic portfolio of evidence of teaching performance (WP4)  providing a consistent and reproducible record of performance as an expert teacher which can be used across Europe by both individuals (to collect, collate and reflect on their portfolio and to submit for official appraisal) and institutions (as a part of structured certification of competencies system);

  • A "handbook" for appraisers (WP5) aimed at ensuring  that appraisals are carried out with due rigour and reliability and to support  appraisers in gaining the required level of skill.


The product exploitation will lead to provision of structured and standardized procedures for the appraisal process of GP/FM teaching competency and thus have a pivotal role in ensuring that the delivery of GP/FM education is harmonized and the quality improved across Europe.

 
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