ETCH and Tallinn Health Care College to contribute to development of occupational therapist study programme in Ukraine

12. April 2019

On 28 March, a cooperation agreement was signed in Tallinn Health Care College, on the basis of which the college will begin training Ukrainian occupational therapists.

The trilateral cooperation agreement was signed by Ülle Ernits, Rector of Tallinn Health Care College, Ralf Allikvee, Chairman of the Management Board of East Tallinn Central Hospital and Yevgeniy Imas, Rector of the National University of Ukraine in the Field of Physical Education and Sport. The main objective of the agreement is to provide the occupational therapy lecturers of the University of Ukraine with additional knowledge to develop the local curriculum and create a contemporary learning environment.

Ralf Allikvee, Chairman of the Management Board of East Tallinn Central Hospital emphasised the necessity of the project. "We regard reliable cooperation with Tallinn Health Care College important in ensuring high-quality training for health care professionals," said Dr Allikvee. "Now we are ready to focus our efforts outside of Estonia. East Tallinn Central Hospital has cooperated with NATO/NSPA primarily in the development of rehabilitation care in Ukraine, and a trilateral cooperation agreement is the next logical step. Thus, we can support the development of Ukraine's contemporary rehabilitation care even more efficiently – ETCH can help with the practical side and Tallinn Health Care College with their theoretical knowledge."

According to Ülle Ernits, Rector of Tallinn Health Care College, the project signed is not the first because the college and East Tallinn Central Hospital have cooperated before to train Ukrainian health care professionals. "The Estonian occupational therapy programme was launched with the support of our Swedish colleagues. Now we cooperate with the hospital to support the development of Ukrainian occupational therapy," Ülle Ernits said. "For us, this is an opportunity to grow and test ourselves and, most importantly, to do something good for people," the Rector added.

The participants of the project, which runs from April-June 2019, include six occupational therapists from the National University of Ukraine, who will begin studying on the basis of a combined learning method: theoretical classes are conducted online, contact lessons are held in Tallinn Health Care College in the form of seminars and simulations and practical courses and clinical practice in East Tallinn Central Hospital.