Quality and workforce in Long-term Person-Centred Care Models in Rural Areas

Insights from research and practice

9 – 10  March 2023 : Valladolid, Spain

The current demographic reality in Castilla y León is characterized by an ageing population, with 60% living in rural areas.

The Rural Care project is developing an integrated model of long-term care which is people and community-centred, enabling people to stay in their own homes  with the necessary support, based on an integral assessment of their wishes and their environment.

On 9-10 March, the Rural Care project is organising a workshop to:

  • Share results and lessons learned from the Rural Care project with regional, national and European actors.
  • Gather experiences and perspectives of other models of long-term care in rural Spain and Europe which can be considered for the project.
  • Share knowledge and experiences to help generate a common understanding of care models based on people’s life projects and community life.

The workshop also aims to contribute to up-scaling and replication of the good practices in areas of quality and workforce as they affect the delivery of long-term care in rural areas.

Programme

Benedicto Caminero. Technical Director of Care for the Elderly and People with Disabilities Department of Social Services of Castilla y Leon.

What  is the Rural Care project? Why was it created? What are the challenges? Framed within the “Agusto en Casa”

Benedicto Caminero. Technical Director of Care for Elderly People and People with Disabilities. Department of Social Services, Castilla y Leon.

Presentation of the main results and challenges within the Ruralcare Model. How RuralCare promotes quality in home care, and what are the main challenges identify when doing so.

FRESNO

University of Valladolid (UVA)

Presentation of learnings and insights from research and practice across Europe. How can we promote quality in the provision of home care?  How can we ensure quality in the provision of home care based on a person’s needs? How can we proactively improve the lives of older people in the community?  How can we integrate health and social services, and include the third sector and local communities ?

Karelia Merja Tepponen, Chief Development Officer, South Karelian Social and Health Care District, Finland

Moderator: Alfonso Lara Montero, Chief Executive Officer, European Social Network

Small group discussions, followed by feedback in plenary, guided by the following questions:

  • What are the main challenges of ensuring quality in long term care in Valladolid?
  • How can the RuralCare project help to solve these challenges?
  • What key knowledge and experience can you share on ensuring quality care in rural areas?

Alfonso Lara Montero, Chief Executive Officer, European Social Network

Alfonso Lara Montero, Chief Executive Officer, European Social Network

The three main different actors of the  Rural Care  project share  the recent results of the project and the main challenges.

  • What are the key issues for the workforce in social services in rural areas?
  • The challenges of finding social workforce:  How to ensure sufficient social workers and nurses to provide rural care?
  • How to ensure that the social workers and nurses are well qualified?
  • How to ensure the continued professional development and well-being of social workers and care workers ?

Benedicto Caminero, Technical Director of Care for Elderly People and People with Disabilities, Department of Social Services, Castilla y Leon.

Laura Merino, Project Coordinator, Personas Foundation.

Presentation of knowledge and insights from research and practice across Europe, focusing on key issues such as: availability and qualifications of the social services workforce, skills, training and career development.  

Moderator: Alfonso Lara Montero, Chief Executive Officer, European Social Network

Small group discussions followed by feedback in plenary guided by the following questions, and based on insights from previous sessions:

* What needs to be done to ensure smooth recruitment, retention and skills development for rural care services in Valladolid?

* What steps do you suggest to imbed  recruitment, retention and skills development into the project?

  • Benedicto Caminero. Technical Director of Care for the Elderly and People with Disabilities Department of Social Services of Castilla y Leon.

For more information contact:

José María Iglesias
Rural Care Project Manager, European Social Network

jose.iglesias@esn-eu.org