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24 June 2013/Categories: Training

Responsible Partner: National Institute of Public Health, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The EU SHIPSAN ACT Joint Action delivers and supports European and national training courses aiming to increase port health staff and crew competencies on prevention, risk assessment and response to biological, chemical and radiological threats, including communicable diseases.

Methodology

Under work package 8, the following methods were used to develop the training programmes:

  • Maintaining pool of trainers based on competency criteria
  • Identifying training needs
  • Defining learning objectives based on essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to perform job tasks for each target audience
  • Defining modes of delivery (face to face, on the job, synchronous and asynchronous e-learning) for each training course
  • Developing training plans (i.e. course syllabus, schedule, and outline)

National face to face training courses for port health officers

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The EU SHIPSAN ACT Joint Action can support national training activities for EUMS port health officers based on the standards set by the EU SHIPSAN ACT Joint Action.

The following can be provided by EU SHIPSAN ACT to the EUMS competent authorities in order to conduct a national training course:

  • Training material (presentations, case studies, practical and theoretical exercises etc) 
  • Assessment 
  • Access to the e-learning platform
  • Trainers from the EU SHIPSAN ACT Joint Action pool of trainers

Contact us for further information on organising a national training course based on the standards set by the EU SHIPSAN ACT Joint Action.

E-learning

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(a) Asynchronous e-learning course for port health officers
  
Title: Inspections of passenger ships according to the European Manual for Hygiene Standards and Communicable Disease Surveillance

Content
  • 7 modules presenting inspection techniques, practical examples with visual material and audio narration
  • 16 hour asynchronous training course 
Users

  • 761 registered users (09/2010 – 08/2016) 
  • 363 new registered users (after 01/02/2013)
  • 139 PHO registered to the new course
If you want to register to the e-learning course for port health officers please contact us at info@shipsan.eu

(b) Synchronous e-learning

The EU SHISAN ACT partnership organized a webinar series on health threats and maritime transport.

A total of 11 webinars were broadcasted from February 2014 until October 2016. About 1300 participants are enrolled and until 30/9/2016, >550 webinars viewers watched the live and recorded webinars.



Register to view the recorded webinars: http://www.shipsan.eu/webinars.aspx



Pool of trainers

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The SHIPSAN trainers are:

• Internationally recognised subject-matter experts
•Training specialists

The SHIPSAN pool of trainers was expanded in 2013 through the publishing of a new call. A total of 90 trainers from 20 countries are currently included in the pool of trainers (as of 31st October 2016). The previous SHIPSAN pool of trainers was developed after a call for trainers in specific subjects. A checklist was produced for internal use, according to which the partnership cross-checked the trainers’ qualifications with the selection criteria and the membership conditions.

SHIPSAN trainers are available to support national training activities. Contact us for further information.




Past training events and activities

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From February 2013 until October 2016 the EU SHIPSAN ACT delivered face to face, e-learning and on the job training courses to port health officers and staff members of shipping companies.

Moreover a survey on training needs related to core capacities at points of entry-ports in EU was conducted.

  
Face to face past training events

Personnel trained
  

From 2013 until 2016 the following personnel was trained in the face to face training course organized by EU SHIPSAN ACT:

  • 106 staff members of shipping companies were trained in the face to face training courses organised at European level
  • 546 port health officers were trained
    • 341 port health officers from 23 EUMS & 5 non EUMS (Albania, Israel, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey) at the European training courses 
    • 205 port health officers trained in 8 national training courses in Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Nordic countries)
Topics

From February 2013 until October 2026, training courses were organized for port health officers and seafarers on:

  • International Health Regulation (2005) and the issuance of Ship Sanitation Certificate by using the WHO learning programme (European and national training courses)

    For training activities relevant to IHR implementation at all types of ships the tools developed by WHO were used including e-learning training courses and face-to-face training courses.


For training activities relevant to hygiene inspections on passenger ships (e-learning, face to face and on the job) the tools developed by EU SHIPSAN ACT Joint Action were used including the e-learning platform, training material and the European Manual for Hygiene Standards and Communicable Disease Surveillance for passenger ships .

The training courses organized are presented in Table 1 below.

Table 1: Past face to face training events organized by EU SHIPSAN ACT


On the job training


The EU SHIPSAN ACT Join Action also provides on the job training for port health officers.

A total of 104 port health officers from 43 ports in 16 EUMS and Turkey received on the job training during pilot and routine inspections conducted in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.


Survey on training needs related to core capacities at points of entry-ports in EU

Responsible partner: National Institute of Public Health, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Madrid, Spain

The EU SHIPSAN ACT Joint Action partnership conducted a study with the objective to identify training needs related to core capacities under IHR 2005 at points of entry (ports) among European Union countries.

The results of the survey indicate that overall, personnel working at ports require specific training in all topics in line with the IHR requirements at points of entry. They especially indicate an intensive training need related to public health risks from microbiological, chemical and radiological agents; proceedings to report to the competent authorities for the point of entry and communication with other authorities; and quarantine of suspected travellers. There are specific personnel for IHR activities but practices are not homogenous to all the countries. More training is needed. Moreover, to ensure collaboration between authorities doing the inspection and doing outbreak investigations would be essential.

A scientific publication in under preparation and will present in detail the results of the study.

Links
SHIPSAN ACT e-learning platform: http://elearning.shipsan.eu/
WHO e-learning platform: http://extranet.who.int/ihr/training
SHIPSAN ACT webinars: http://www.shipsan.eu/webinars.aspx
SHIPSAN ACT Forum for trainers: click here

For further information please contact us.


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...if you are interested to:

  • Organise a national training course with the support of EU SHIPSAN ACT:
    • Training material (case studies, presentations, practical and theoretical exercises) are available to all EUMS to organise national training courses.
    • Trainers from the EU SHIPSAN ACT pool of trainers are available to support national training activities for port health officers conducting hygiene inspections on passenger ships. 
  • Register to the new e-learning course for Port Health Officers: “Inspections of passenger ships according to the European Manual for Hygiene Standards and Communicable Disease Surveillance”
  • Receive information regarding the new vocational training programme for the Passenger Shipping Industry, according to the European standards for health and hygiene
  • Register here to watch the recorded webinars of the webinar series on “Health Threats and Maritime Transport”. 
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