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Enhance - EuropeaN curriculum for fAmily aNd Community nursE

What is ENhANCE?



EU population ageing is a long-term trend placing many challenges at EU and national level. EU recommendations point out the importance of family and community in the ageing process, emphasizing Primary Health Care (PHC), frailty prevention, early detection, and diagnosis. To face these challenges, many WHO reports underline the need of implementing new healthcare models centered on PHC, i.e. a first-contact, accessible, continued, comprehensive and coordinated care providing a gateway between the community and the health systems. Family and Community Nurse (FCN) is also identified as a key-actor in the new PHC model.

Relevance of project

Currently, no standardized Professional Profile (PP) for FCN has been defined at EU level taking into account WHO and EU recommendations. The ENhANCE Project will target the specific mismatch between the skills currently offered by nurses working in Primary Health Care (PHC) and those actually demanded by both public health care institutions and private service providers when applying innovative healthcare models centered on PHC. Starting from existing research evidence and results of ongoing EU Projects, a Professional Profile (PP) for FCN will be defined, as the EU benchmark for VET of FCNs. The competence-based PP will be the baseline for the definition of a European, innovative, learning outcome-oriented modular VET Curriculum for FCN.



  • To increase the specialization level of nurses working in PHC Family and Community Nursing skills;
  • To foster the development of FCNs curricula referring to a formalized EU profile based on WHO and EU politics recommendations;
  • To enhance the shift from the old PHC model to the new healthcare models centered on PHC.



  • Professional Profile for the Family and Community Nurse (FCN)
  • Curriculum for Family and Community Nurse (FCNs)
  • Three national pilot Curricula
  • Recommendations for investement on FCN
  • Guidelines supporting VET providers
  • Training course for teachers
  • Innovative open online tool


Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union




January 2018 - December 2020


Project website
EASPD contact person: Adriana Popa, Membership Officer

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