Care modules address the demand for new degree programmes
The Midden-Holland region is suffering from a shortage of trained and sustainably available care staff. However, the current supply of (flexible) higher education is often not sufficiently aligned with the specific needs of this target group, the professional field and the future labour market. That is why starting this autumn, care professionals with at least a level 4 diploma from a senior secondary vocational education (MBO 4) will be able to take flexible education modules offered by The Hague University of Applied Sciences. With the modular education format provided by the Nursing programme, THUAS contributes to reducing the shortage of trained and sustainably available care professionals.
Challenges for the Midden-Holland region
How do we resolve the staff shortage? And how do we boost the quality level of care professionals? Those were the issues that the Midden-Holland region brought to The Hague University of Applied Sciences. The Nursing (HBO) degree programme sat down with the municipality of Gouda and a number of care facilities and senior secondary vocational education institutes from Gouda to discuss suitable solutions. The outcome was to offer accessible and flexible modules that will encourage care professionals from the Midden-Holland region to pursue training on important topics at the level of a university of applied sciences.
As of October at this year, care professionals from the Midden-Holland region can enrol in modular education. Thanks to these flexible modules, care workers can follow these care courses while continuing to work. Every submodule contains 13 weeks, with every 2 to 3 weeks consisting of a study load of approximately 20 hours. There are seven sessions per submodule. The rest of the study is flexible and can be done according to the student's own schedule in combination with a job in (health)care. The topic of the first education module is Communication in Care, divided into three submodules: deeper conversational techniques, inter-professional collaboration and the use of care technology. The modules at the level of a university of applied sciences are taught by the THUAS nursing degree programme. via the Campus Gouda platform of the municipality of Gouda. When concluding a (sub)modyle about a specific care theme, the student receives a certificate from the Hague University of Applied Sciences.
Lifelong Learning programme
The Hague University of Applied Sciences wants to meet the changing needs of society. These changing needs require a different approach to education. At the moment our education focuses on young people who have completed a senior secondary vocational education or a senior general secondary education; a very important group. But there is a lot more going on. Professionals want and need to continue developing to be ready for their job today and in the future. That is why THUAS is taking the lead in innovation and research, to continuously offer suitable education: education that meets the needs of the labour market and our society. With the Lifelong Learning Programme, THUAS is undertaking steps to meet the growing need for flexible education.