TRaNSforM - Training Requirements and Nursing Skills for Mobility in health careEuropean Comission - Lifelong Learning Programme
University of Nottingham

Project proposal (taken from original Leonardo document 2010)

'TRaNSforM' aims to identify training requirements and nursing skills for mobility* for healthcare.

Patients have a right to receive quality health care which meets their needs culturally, excellent nursing competence can provide this. In nursing, sharing learning and appreciating workforce difference in other cultural environments can help to develop good intercultural practice. It increases confidence and the capacity to care.  New nursing programmes offer ever increasing opportunities for exchange and cultural learning development, such learning opportunities have not been accessible in the past to all nurses and for many, skills for intercultural competence have been learnt through ad-hoc experience rather than in a systematic manner.

The ‘TRaNSforM’ project sets out to establish a practicle framework of skills for managing the impact of mobility for  nurses, with trans-european sharing of experience and ideas. Project participants create secondary benefit as learning is cascaded to national and local health care practice settings. The ‘TRaNSforM’ framework will be used by nurses to self assess personal development and opportunities for learning intercultural competence could be incorporated into work-based learning programmes and vocational experience. The framework will be mapped to the European Qualifications Framework, and validation in the Europass system will be explored.

Timescale and work packages

The project runs over a two year timescale from September 2010 to September 2012. The project works through a sequence of work packages spaced over this time. The work-packages are led by pairs of countries, ensuring a fair workload across the team members. The workshop meetings are rotated around countries and the project money is used for ‘mobility’s’ for staff and students to travel to  these different events. In this way team members can gain insight into each country’s political, cultural and social  situation. This learning about each other through the work process is an additional benefit of the project.

*Mobility includes movement of populations, including trans-european and international movement of nurses, patients and workforce colleagues.  Mobility may be long term or transient, result from incoming migration to a country or outward migration to another, and may include circular or transitional migration between countries. Mobility is a major issue in the European health workforce economy.

National agencies supporting the project

  • ECORYS Leonardo UK National Agency, Ecorys UK Ltd
  • DG Agentur für Europäische Bildungsprogramme VoG, Belgien  
  • LEARGAS the National Agency in Ireland for the management of national and international exchange and cooperation programmes in education, youth and community work, and vocational education and training. Ireland
  • CIMO the national agency for the European Union’s education and youth programmes and for the Nordic Nordplus programmes, Finland
  • BiBB Nationale Agentur Bildung für Europa beim BIBB, Germany  
  • PROALV Agencia Nacional do Programa "Aprendizagem ao Longo da Vida", Portugal
  • CEUEYP AB Egitim ve Genclik Programlari Merkezi Baskanligi, Comenius ProgramKoordinatorlugu, Turkey  

Training Requirements and Nursing Skills for Mobility in Health Care


Dr Carol Hall
Telephone: +44 (0)115 8 230 906