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Welcome!
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The aim of the Exchange Programme 2021-2022 is to share knowledge and to stimulate collaboration between health care professionals in European Reference Networks (ERN). In 2021 and 2022, three different rounds of exchanges will take place between professionals of HealthCare Providers (HCP's) that are member of an ERN. The objective of the Exchange Programme is to palliate disparities in specific knowledge or gaps in expertise by facilitating the arrival of high-level expertise in a considerable number of diseases to a big number of Healthcare Providers.

As an HCP, you can be involved in these exchanges! In this online tool, you can fill in suggestions for exchanges, either a need or something you can supply to others as a host or visitor. The costs of the exchanges (travel costs, travel insurance, per diems for subsistence costs) are covered, research institute Ecorys will take care of all the logistics. You need to connect with other members to make a concrete 'visit plan' with the content details of the exchange. An exchange can take place for at least 5 days. For more information about the programme click here.
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Interested in an exchange with another HCP?
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The programme offers many possibilities for exchanges. Therefore you are required to meet the goals of the ERN ITHACA with the exchange. The coordinator/manager of the ERN need to approve your exchange, since the number of exchanges is limited. During each exchange one or more professionals will travel to another HCP, that HCP will host the visit. As a hosting center, it is important to make sure that there is a clear 'visit plan' for the professionals who will visit the center.
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Possibilities for exchanges
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Exchanges can be organized in both directions::
1. A site can welcome an external visitor so that this visitor acquires a new experience or new knowledge .
2. A site can welcome an external visitor so that this site can develop locally a new professional or technical expertise brought by the visitor.
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All exchange visits should be focussed on one or more of the following priorities:
- All fields related to ITHACA
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For inspiration, think about the following exchanges:
- Exchange a scientist or a MD for a specific laboratory technique used in routine diagnosis (we are not supposed to have exchanges on projects that would be purely research-oriented (but projects of translational developments should be OK)
- Exchanges about the organisation of specialized multidisciplinary clinics to facilitate implementation in the host's or the visitor's HCP
- Exchanges of genetic counselors
- Exchanges of nurse, physical therapist... to be trained for a specific technique of care
- Exchange a psychologist to learn/teach a specific evaluation tool
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How does this tool work?
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This tool is developed to help each ERN to assess the needs for exchange visits and to help create matches between HCP's. All members of the ERN can fill in suggestions for exchanges, either a need or something you can supply to others as a host or visitor. Based on the input of other members, you can also express your interest in the suggestions of hosting centers and get in touch to make a match. Each month, the ERN coordinator will approve new proposals for exchange visits.
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GDPR. Please note that that data in this file are accessible to all HCP's who are (affiliated)member of the ERN. Any personal information in this file will be removed by 31-12-2022.
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Questions?
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This tool is developed to help each ERN to assess the needs for exchange visits and to help create matches between HCP's. All members and applicants of the ERN ITHACA can fill in suggestions for exchanges, either a need or something you can supply to others as a host or visitor. Based on the input of other members, you can also express your interest in the suggestions of hosting centers and get in touch to make a match. Each month, the ERN coordinator will approve new proposals for exchange visits. For any other question please contact the coordination team: coordination@ern-ithaca.eu.
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