About the project

The aim of the HELP – Healthcare Logistics Education and Learning Pathway – project is to develop Healthcare logistician education pathway (study modules) from vocational education to doctoral studies and start the development of networks of healthcare logisticians as the long term objective to create national and international networks of healthcare logisticians and healthcare logistics education institutions. The target is to develop new healthcare logistics study modules and pilot them in international cooperation so that a student can specialize to the healthcare logistics in all study levels.

Project title: Healthcare Logistics Education and Learning Pahtway
Project Acronym: HELP
Project number: 2017-1-1FI01-KA203-034721
Project dates: 9/2018 – 8/2020
Funding instrument: Erasmus+, KA2 – Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices
Partners: Lahti University of Applied Sciences (lead partner, Finland), University of Eastern Finland (Finland), Salpaus Further Education (Finland), Tallinn Health Care Collage (Estonia), Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands), Zaragoza Logistics Center (Spain), and KU Leuven (Belgium)

BACKGROUND OF THE PROJECT

The idea of the project is based on the results of the Healthcare Logistician Project (2012–2013) funded by TEKES (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) as part of their Innovations in Social and Healthcare Services programme and the healthcare logistician education pilots in Finland.

The Healthcare Logistician project was implemented in cooperation with a private supplier of transport and logistics services, DSV group, two regional hospital districts and Lahti UAS. The project created a new service concept, a new profession, defined a job description and set competence requirements for it as well as developed the first study modules for healthcare logisticians. The Healthcare Logistician project was awarded by the Finnish Association of Purchasing and Logistics (LOGY) Logistics Award in 2014. The award is presented annually for development of extraordinary in-house logistics processes.