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OptiMedis, vdek, and DNGfK support training for occupational health in hospitals and care facilities

Ulrike ElsnerUlrike Elsner, vdek Chair. Photo: vdek/Georg J. LopataOptiMedis, the Association of Substitute Health Funds (in German: Verband der Ersatzkassen e.V. (vdek)), that represents the interests of six substitute health funds in Germany and also acts as their service provider, and the German Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Care Services (DNGfK) are preparing for the launch of a training series to support hospitals and care facilities in implementing workplace health promotion. The training series, which will begin in March 2021, will focus on operational framework conditions for creating successful occupational health management. 20 institutions have been invited to participate at no cost.

Workplace health promotion is important – not only during the Corona pandemic

“The Corona pandemic has once again shown us how important it is to support and protect employees in healthcare facilities to ultimately safeguard patient care. Workplace health promotion plays an important role in this and vdek wants to support hospitals and care facilities in this effort," says Ulrike Elsner, vdek Chair.

Oliver GröneOliver Gröne, PhD, Vice Chairman of the Board at OptiMedis. Photo: OptiMedisThe training series is targeted towards employees in hospitals and (partially) inpatient care facilities. Participants begin with courses in health management, healthy leadership, and healthy work and lifestyle behaviors and conclude the program with the implementation of an occupational health project in their respective institutions.

Oliver Gröne, PhD, Vice Chairman of the Board at OptiMedis, comments: "We will combine innovative quality improvement methods with a focus on workplace health promotion. In doing so, we will utilize a blended learning approach combining face-to-face teaching and e-learning." This flexible approach and implementation of a project allows participants to apply concepts in the course to their current work environment. The implementation aspect of the course will guide participants in forming a quality improvement collaborative (QIC) in their institution, an approach in which a group of people collaborate to find the most sustainable solution to a problem. This will be the first known project in Germany to utilize the use of QICs to improve employee workplace health.