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01.02.2021

Second healthcare occupations workshop

The knowledge test for doctors of medicine and general nurses was a key theme at a virtual networking event with competent authorities on 22 January.

On 22 January, the Recognition Monitoring Project of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) organised the second virtual workshop with the competent authorities for academic medical professions and healthcare occupations. The invitation to attend was also accepted by representatives of federal ministries, federal state ministries and the Central Assessment Agency for Healthcare Professions. In total, more than 50 individuals took part in the networking event.

The three-and-a-half-hour meeting began by taking a look at the official statistics on what has occurred as regards recognition. The focus was on the reference occupations of “Doctor of medicine” and “General nurse”—the two most popular in terms of number of applications. The figures show a strong increase in applications for professional qualifications from third countries. Compensation measures are also increasingly being stipulated in order to achieve full equivalence. Participants then discussed the impacts of this.

Compensation measures in nursing and human medicine
Laura Roser from the IQ Competence Centre for Advisory Services and Job Training of Migrants and Dr. Ulrich Best of the BIBB Recognition Monitoring Project presented the preliminary findings, yet to be published, from their respective studies. As regards recognition in nursing, Laura Roser referred to good quality guidance and networking at a local level between the stakeholders involved as being highly relevant. Ulrich Best addressed the provision of preparation courses for the knowledge test in nursing and human medicine and the organisation of the tests. The subsequent discussion focussed on the issue of the advantages and disadvantages of the knowledge test compared to completion of an adaptation period in nursing. Some competent authorities pointed out that applicants needed significant guidance in this regard.

“Recognition in Germany” post relaunch
To conclude, Johanna Elsässer and Sven Mückenheim presented the “Recognition in Germany” information portal which has been expanded since its relaunch in 2020 and is provided by BIBB.

A further virtual workshop is scheduled for 25 February 2021. This will address initial experiences gained by competent authorities with the Skilled Immigration Act.

Further information

BIBB Healthcare Occupations Workshop - January 2021

BIBB Healthcare Occupations Workshop - December 2020

The knowledge test in the recognition procedure for academic medical professions (BIBB: specialist internet articles)