One of the key milestones of the project was the completion of the National Occupational Standards and the vocational education qualification units for the new qualification of Healthcare Waste Manager. At the beginning of the project we, as a project team, agreed a first draft of the NOS/Units list for the new qualification and this was then put out to consultation with key stakeholders in the different project partner member states and through our partner multiplier organisations.
The consultation process has lasted two or three months and involved the distribution of 1000’s of internal evaluation questionnaires though the professional networks, the project website and at the informative workshops. That process is now complete and the purpose of this summer edition of the project newsletter was to report the results of that process. It has been a difficult task balancing the interests and views of so many valid contributions from the industry and hopefully we have managed to get the balance right.
What we have ended up with are three distinct pathways which reflect differing roles in the healthcare waste management sector:
- Healthcare Waste Manager at a Healthcare Facility
- Healthcare Waste Manager at a Healthcare Waste Treatment Facility
- Healthcare Waste Manager at healthcare Waste Transport Operations
The key issues raised by the contributors to the consultation process were that the qualification was set at the right level within the EQF; was flexible in the context of mandatory and optional units and that the training materials underpinning the award were relevant and capable of contextualisation to local needs.
At this midway point of the project we have completed the National Occupational Standards for the new Qualification; we have developed the vocational qualification units for those NOS and this next steps are to have those qualification units externally evaluated and in parallel to develop the underpinning training materials. This process will be concluded by end of October 2015.
Thank you for all your contributions and enjoy your summer.