23.03.11: Germany needs qualified care staff


BPA welcomed the recent Government decision to improve procedures for recognition of foreign diplomas in nursing.

The bill for the recognition of foreign qualifications has passed on March 23rd in the Government. It provides uniform and transparent criteria for assessing professional qualifications obtained abroad. The draft, welcomed by the “Federal Association of Private Social Service Providers Association (BPA)”, is considered a contribution to address the looming shortage of skilled workers in German Lands.

"I think the overall draft, proposed for a better legislative approach to improve the recognition of professional qualifications obtained abroad, works to integrate more people with these qualifications in our sector in Germany"says Bernd Meurer. The BPA-President points out that necessary immigration of new workers would be facilitated. "This draft concerns particularly care industry, which faces major demographic challenges and global competition for a better elderly health care. We need currently more than ten thousands trained professionals, so we rely on this law framework. We need these people urgently in Germany" said Meurer.

In addition, it appears unbelievable to BPA that qualifications from third countries, already recognized in other EU Member States, should undergo again a verification in Germany.
Should they require additional training in the field of nursing, it could be completed in nursing facilities.
"The Professional Qualification Recognition Act, just approved, is a clear signal to skilled professional immigration as well as already employed people that find here an adequate job and can integrate in this manner in the German society," said BPA President.
Because of the urgent problem, BPA would also agree on addressing professionals willing to immigrate from abroad, as previously they have been discouraged because of the complicated approval process applied before in Germany. This was particularly true for those nurses who were already recognized in other EU states and working regularly there. The Federal Association of Private Social Service Providers Association (BPA) is active with more than 6,500 member institutions, the largest private providers of social advocacy services in Germany. Outpatient facilities and (partially) inpatient care, disabled, children and youth services in private ownership are organized in the BPA. With about 3,100 home care services that serve approximately 150,000 patients and 3,400 home residential care facilities with about 222 000 places BPA members manage a total of over 370,000 people need for care. The BPA represents, more than one in four nursing homes throughout Germany. The members of the BPA are responsible for about 200,000 jobs and about 16 470 training places.

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