SKILLS MONITORING IN HEALTHCARE STUDIES – FOR PATIENT SAFETY AND HEALTHCARE QUALITY

Authors

  • Andreta Slavinska Rīga Stradiņš University
  • Evita Grigorovica Rīga Stradiņš University
  • Karina Palkova Rīga Stradiņš University
  • Nora Jansone-Ratinika Rīga Stradiņš University
  • Matiss Silis Rīga Stradiņš University
  • Oļegs Sabeļņikovs Pauls Stradiņš Clinical University Hospital Rīga Stradiņš University
  • Aigars Pētersons Rīga Stradiņš University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17770/sie2021vol1.6448

Keywords:

health care quality, higher education, simulation-based education, skills, skills monitoring, patient safety

Abstract

The competence of healthcare professionals is crucial in ensuring patient safety and the quality of healthcare. Skills are one of the most important aspects of competence, but often health care employers, when assessing the readiness of young professionals, point out that the ability to implement skills in a real work environment are unclear, insufficient and even inadequate.

The paradigm shift in education intends bringing skills to the foreground. In order to promote skills management, Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) already in 2016 started work on the institutional level project “Skills Monitoring System” (hereinafter - SMS), focusing primarily on work and profession specific skills in the field of health care studies.

Visible and demonstrable monitoring of skills in education is an innovation. The aim of this article is to analyze and reflect the coherence of the RSU Skills Monitoring System concept with the current principles of education policy development, legal framework and basic principles of higher education pedagogy in skills acquisition and evaluation in health care education, as well as to evaluate the initial results of the newly developed system.

In order to achieve the goal, an interdisciplinary, qualitative study was conducted, where analytical and descriptive, inductive, deductive and synthesis research and legal (translation) norm methods were implemented, as well as interviews to evaluate initial results.

The results of the research show that the components and solutions included in SMS have been developed in accordance with the legal framework and the main educational guidelines, in accordance with the theoretical concepts of pedagogy. An education approach based on simulation integrated in the acquisition of skills allows to systematically evaluate the amount and quality of theoretical knowledge, to determine the actual level of abilities and to predict the quality of performance and compliance with the real work environment. The management of skills acquisition in Higher Education Institutions should be supported and promoted from the point of view of educators, employees and sectoral professional associations and employers.

 

Author Biographies

  • Andreta Slavinska, Rīga Stradiņš University
    Andreta Slavinska is Deputy Director of Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) Medical Education Technology Centre and Head of the European Social Fund (ESF) project “Skills Monitoring System”. Her main areas of activity include ensuring the integration of simulation-based medical education at the undergraduate, continuing education and professional development levels, as well as the development of research activity in this thematic segment.  She is researcher in the project “Automated hand washing quality control and quality evaluation system with real-time feedback” and also has been working in the project “Integration of safe technologies for protection against Covid-19 in health care and high-risk areas” within the National Research Programme “Covid-19 Mitigation” in the activity “Hand washing quality assessment system”. Currently, she is a doctoral student of RSU study programme “Law”. The topic of the planned doctoral thesis covers the patients' rights to safe health care, medical errors caused by medical practitioners and the necessary skills in their prevention.
  • Evita Grigorovica, Rīga Stradiņš University
    Evita Grigorovica is a manager of the European Social Fund project “Preparation of digital medical simulation scenarios and development of the teaching staff competence in the use of study material repositories” and she participates in the project “Skills Monitoring System”. She has gained experience as a scientific assistant in the project  “Life with the Covid-19:  Assessment of overcoming the crisis caused by the coronavirus in Latvia and proposals for the stability of society in the future” within the National Research Programme of Latvia “Covid-19 Mitigation” and as an assistant of the organising committee of the international interdisciplinary scientific conference “Society. Health. Welfare”.
  • Nora Jansone-Ratinika, Rīga Stradiņš University
    Dr. paed. Nora Jansone-Ratinika is an associate professor at Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) and Director of the Centre for Educational Growth. She holds the position of Deputy Chairperson of the Simulation Based Education Council at RSU, is a researcher and an expert in several international projects and a direction supervisor in European Social Fund projects covering specific objectives: reducing fragmentation of study programmes, strengthening sharing of resources and academic staff of HEI, ensuring better governance in HEI. As a lead researcher, N.Jansone-Ratinika has been working in the project “Life with the Covid-19: Assessment of overcoming the crisis caused by the coronavirus in Latvia and proposals for the stability of society in the future” within the National Research Programme of Latvia “Covid-19 Mitigation”, studying the digital competence of the academic staff. Research fields: HE transformations, QA, continuing education of academic staff, student-centred approach, pedagogical innovations in HE.
  • Matiss Silis, Rīga Stradiņš University
    Matiss Silis is Deputy Director of Centre for Educational Growth, Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU), Head of the European Social Fund (ESF) project “Study programme content analysis, study programme and study course outcome mapping” and he participates in the project “Skills Monitoring System. His main areas of activity include quality analysis of study programs, development of technical solutions of the study programme and study course outcome mapping system, integration of skills monitoring system and mapping system. Area of interests - techological innovations and design for education, technology-enhanced teaching and learning, development of digital simulations in the study process.

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2021-05-28