Why are we running this project?

Today, those who want to pursue a career in health care can choose from a range of different possible qualifications - from one-year training courses, to the traditional three-year qualification in health care and nursing, and bachelor’s or master’s degrees.

Now more than ever, professional health care must deal with complex issues concerning care in an aging society - this is a positive result of many years of efforts to-ward reform in the health care sector. The increase in chronic conditions and multiple morbidities necessitates a nuanced approach and new divisions of responsibilities both within intraprofessional care teams, and also in interprofessional cooperation between all health care professions and in areas where different health care sectors intersect.

The diversity in qualifications is still not systematically anchored in health care practice. Many of those who have completed further education are not involved in direct patient care. The responsibilities of assistants and those with three-year nursing qualifications often do not engage with each other in a sensible way. There is a lack of concepts for new and attractive career paths - this is a must considering the lack of qualified personnel in the health care professions.

What are our goals?

This is where the "360° Nursing - Skills Mix for the Patient" project comes to the fore. In four working groups, experts from a variety of health care sectors are developing solutions and strategies on how:

  • different qualifications can be optimally combined within a health care team to best meet the health care needs of the patient;
  • how to ensure successful interprofessional cooperation with other health care professions both within an organization and across different health care sectors;
  • and how attractive career paths can be created within teams and sectors, and also across different sectors.

How does the project work?

A core group is consolidating the working groups’ results in the areas of "acute inpatient care", "outpatient care", "long-term inpatient care", and "rehabilitation care" and incorporating them into an overarching model.

The project began with a kickoff event in January 2016 in Berlin. The results are expected at the end of 2017.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung has intensively promoted the academicization of health care professions since the early 1990s, and the development and trialing of new training methods in health care in the 2000s. With the "360° Nursing - Skills Mix for the Patient" project, we want to work toward diversifying and expanding the range of competences involved in direct patient care and thereby achieve the aim of modernizing health care standards.