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Year 4th, number 35 - January 2016


Evidence Based Guidelines for Nurses and Social Care Workers for the Deployment
of E-Health Services



ENS4Care project
Despite increasing evidence of the potential of eHealth solutions, guidance in this field remains rather scarce. The ENS4Care project, in which Active Citizenship Network has been involved as partner, aims to harness the potential of eHealth systems to make effective guidance available in accessible formats through multi-stakeholder collaboration to health professionals and social workers and those using their services such as informal careers, patients and citizens. The ENS4Care network had the objective of delivering eHealth guidelines in five core areas: prevention, clinical practice, advanced roles, integrated care and nurse ePrescribing. Read more

More information
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The ENS4Care network
The European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN) has been the promoter and the leader of the project consortium made by 24 partners from all over Europe.
Click here to know the list of the ENS4Care partners.
For more information, you can visit the project website www.ens4care.eu and contact the project staff on: ens4care@ens4care.eu

The Guidelines

During the two-year period (2014-2015), the ENS4Care partners have developed the following five ENS4Care guidelines and have made them available to the public. The guidelines have been disseminated all over Europe and beyond, and have been taken by different stakeholders for further implementation in their countries.

ENS4Care Guideline on Prevention 
This guideline focuses on how nurses and social workers can use technology in a cost-effective way to enhance their practice, empower and educate patients and the public in the prevention of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The overall aim of the Network is to make up-to-date and effective eHealth guidance available to health and social care staff and those using their services in accessible formats and foster continuity and quality of care as well as patient safety across all EU Member States and the EEA.
Download the Guideline on Prevention 

ENS4Care Guideline on Clinical Practice
This guideline builds on the work of the ENS4Care network work stream ‘Clinical practice’ and is concerned with eHealth services to support clinical practice with an individual citizen, a family or a population in primary or secondary health and social care settings. It focuses on the potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) that nurses and social workers can use to contribute to the delivery of high quality clinical care to citizens in their daily practice.
Download the Guideline on Clinical Practice

ENS4Care Guideline on Advanced Roles
The present Guideline is intended at managing decisions about how eHealth services can be usefully deployed in the introduction and development of advanced roles for nurses and social workers in health and social care. Advanced roles for nurses and social workers are being developed in response to increasing and rapidly changing health and social care needs within restricted budgets. Those are seen as the way forward in order to improve access to care and patient outcomes, contain provider related costs and improve recruitment and retention rates through enhanced career prospects.
Download the Guideline on Advanced Roles

ENS4Care Guideline on Integrated Care
This Guideline is focused specifically on the deployment of eHealth services to support the provision of integrated health and social care services to an individual citizen, family or population in their own home(s) or in primary, secondary health, and social care settings. Integrated care along the care continuum is essential to ensuring optimal outcomes are achieved for all people living in the EU, especially those burdened with chronic disease and complex care needs and who require attention from a range of professionals from primary and secondary health and social care sectors. eHealth is a key enabler for integrated care.
Download the Guideline on Integrated Care

ENS4Care Guideline on Nurse e-Prescribing
The overarching purpose of this guideline is to describe how and where nurse leaders and policy makers (who are the principle intended audience of this guideline) should begin to gain a comprehensive overview of the key processes related to nurse ePrescribing. Information is presented from three differing perspectives – organisational or enterprise view, clinical view (using a patient case study), and informatics view – in order to demonstrate a roadmap that highlights the point that all phases of development need to be considered collectively and sequentially rather than in an ad hoc way.
Download the Guideline on Nurse e-Prescribing

ENS4Care Documentary

Videos from the project:
Click here  to see the video history of the project. It contains also an interview to the ACN Director.
ENS4Care General Assembly, 09 April 2014, Brussels
ENS4CARE General Assembly, 22 November 2014, Dublin

Clippings & press articles in Italy

Quotidiano Sanità (12 December 2015)
IPASVI (12 December 2015)


March 4th, Rome (Italy): “Improving patients’ rights in the age of the Cross Border Healthcare Directive”
Active Citizenship Network is participating at the European project “From Citizen Involvement to Policy Impact (U-Impact)” supported by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union. The project coordinates citizen involvement with the public authorities on national and European level in nine European countries in order to increase the impact of citizen initiatives on the policy making process in the EU. In this context, ACN will organize in Rome a EU webinar and conference on one of our expertise: strengthening and protecting patients’ rights, as it is officially recognized by the EU Commission-DG Santé in the EU Health Policy Forum as European stakeholder in the fields of public health and healthcare. Read more and contact us on mail@activecitizenship.net to participate.

February 16th Brussels (Belgium):  “Better Food for Better Health workshop”
Organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and hosted by Biljana Borzan, Member of the European Parliament, Better Food for Better Health workshop, in collaboration with the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the EU, aims at presenting the science base of the relationship between diet and nutrition-related chronic disease. Improving diets by changing the composition of processed foods is an important instrument to help reduce the prevalence of nutrition and diet related diseases. This workshop will encourage a discussion on food reformulation with a particular focus on salt reduction, trans-fatty acids, sugar and calories intake. Read more . To register your attendance eventsweu@euro.who.int

February 18th, Brussels (Belgium):  HoNCAB Final Conference
The HoNCAB project is coming to an end and this final conference will be the opportunity to present the project’s main results and to launch the created Hospital Network for Care Across Borders in Europe. In fact the project, co-funded by the European Commission within the Public Health Programme, set up a Hospital Network (Hospital Network for Care Across Border in Europe) which brings together hospitals interested in sharing experiences and good practices but also critical issues and possible solutions when providing care to cross-border patients.
Its aim is to obtain a better understanding of the financial and organisational requirements arising from the implementation of the Directive on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare (2011/24/EU). Find the here the draft agenda of the event.

February 25-26th, Belgrade (Serbia): “Civil Society and Beyond: A Joint Dialogue on the European Path”
This conference will put together 150 participants from civil society, European institutions and national authorities from the region to connect and engage in a vivid face-to-face debate on three major themes: 1) Dialogue between civil society and public authorities in the accession process; 2) Regional cooperation between civil society;
3) Civic dialogue between EU and (potential) candidate countries. Read the draft program of the event.


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