CoNSENSo - COmmunity Nurse Supporting Elderly iN a changing SOciety

Home is a better place to grow old

Led by the Piedmont Region, CoNSENSo brings together 10 partners from Austria, France, Italy and Slovenia and 7 observers representing governmental ministries, health authorities and professional associations from the Alpine Space area.

The Piemont Region is the second Italian region in terms of geographical area with almost 4.5 million in habitants. It has regulatory and programming tasks in various plicy fields. The Regional Health Directorate is responsible for the coordination of the regional healthcare system (6 main hospitals and 13 local health units). It is in charge of their organisation, funding and management control. It is the authority that disseminates guidelines at regional level and leads the State and Regions Conference for the related national coordination. As reference site of the EC Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA-RS), they promote an innovative model of care for the elderly, based on Family and Community Nursing (EU best practice).

The Piemont Region is the overall CoNSENSo project coordinator. It will be responsible for the management of the Piemont pilot in coordination with the Local Health units involved. It will also connect interested stakeholders and cooperate with the local university, and healthcare staff training centres.

The Azienda Sanitaria Locale Torino 1 (ASLTO1) is the local health authority of Turin, providing health services in integration with
social services. The Piemont Region has identified the ASLTO1 Department of Prevention (DP) as a service of support for the implementation of innovative projects in the field of prevention, health promotion and active ageing; in the latter field, ASLTO1 DP is involved in the implementation of a National Strategy called “aree interne”, consisting in a concerted action between Italian Regions and the Italian Ministry of Finances; the goal is the economic development of areas that are far or poor of essential services like education, health, mobility; ASLTO1 DP is developing a model of care based on FCN for elderly living in “aree interne”of Piemont.

ASLTO1's role in the project  will in particular be as a support to the Region of Piemont in the pilot activities including preparatory activities, selection of nurses and of pilot areas, organising local workshops on the FCN health care model and basic training on Social Business and will provide support in the regional validation of the business model.

The Liguria Region is the programming body of health and social policies and programmes for a territory of 1.577.668 inhabitants. Services are delivered through 19 socio-health districts which cover the whole region that has developed during the years a wide range of policies addressed to this target of population, creating a system including all the initiatives against isolation and in favour of prevention. RLI Liguria is a Reference Site of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing of the EC and is the Regional Health Authority, with full policy development capacity in this field. It has been the first region to issue a law on active ageing.

The Liguria Region will be the overall lead of the pilot activities and is actively present throughout the different
project activities.The implementation of the pilot service will be preferibly performed in the Antola-Tigullio Inner Area.

Accademia Nazionale di Medicina (ACCMED) is a no profit scientific association acknowledged by the Italian Ministry of Education and Scientific Research, active in the fields of continuous professional education and knowledge spread in medicine, public health and biomedical research. ACCMED was founded in 1991 and has its headquarter in Genova, with offices in Bologna and Roma. Thanks to its wide spectrum of long established partnership with different institutions (ministries, local governments, universities and research institutes), ACCMED is able to collect a large array of diversified inputs and to select the best opportunities to design and promote projects.
The Italian Ministry of Health acknowledges ACCMED as an organisation capable of giving scientific and technical advice, concerning continuous education and training of physicians about evidence-based medicine. Accademia is the founder and current member of the Federation of European Academies of Medicines (FEAM) for Italy and at present is CME provider both for residential and e-learning activities following ministerial regulations ( Since 2004 he received the Quality Management System Certification according to UNI EN ISO 9001:2008.

ACCMED will be involved in the training aspects of the project in particular through the creation of e-learning modules and making operational tools for the FCN to carry out the pilot activities.

The Office for the Carinthian Government is the legal representative for health care and long time care. It is expert in all fields of health, and the decision maker for health care in Carinthia.

They will work on many aspects of the project including the content requirement for pilot implementation within the region,  and they will lead the work within the project on making the model sustainable after the project. 

European Center of Entrepreneurship Competence & Excellence (ECECE) ECECE is a no profit institution dealing with entrepreneurship education, training promotion and business start-ups, collecting expertise on innovative business consulting and advisory services with focus on whole brain approach and design thinking. ECECE has been established according to Austrian national law through a founding team of long-serving international experts from Austria, Italy, and the UK, having set up its headquarters in the southern Austrian federal province of Carinthia. The founding team has many years of experience in entrepreneurial training and coaching, project coordination
and management, financial controlling and management, academic and entrepreneurial education and a deep
understanding of EU legislation.

ECECE will be responsible for the preparation of all the contents at project level on business planning to let all the nurses be (light) trained on Business planning & management both in a transnational environment (using the web-community tools & participating to a couple of transnational seminars) and on local seminars / workshops, the definition of the Business Model (a sort of 'Social Business Model' intended to guide all the nurses on their possible journey to transform their action into a social enterprise) and the delivery of the training in Kärnten. In addition it will provide specific contents & tools to assist in each region participants willing to start their own social business.

The Var Department is a French local territorial authority: Administrative structure distinct from the State administration that has to consider the interests of the population located on a precise territory, here the Var. The Department Council is the deliberative assembly of the Department, composed of councillors elected for 6 years and headed by the Council President who has the executive power in the limits determined by the national law.
It is divided in Directions working as services on one or more specific thematics (Housing, Autonomy…).
The Var Europe Direction, dealing with project CONSENSO, is tasked to manage European Funds like the ESF and European cooperation by setting up and participating in operational projects. It is also responsible of communications and of the organisation of events around the European theme.

The VAR department will lead the French pilot activities in its territory including training of the nurses on the FCN model.

The Association pour le Développement des Entreprises et des Compétences (ADEC) is a French  economic development association engaged in territorial digital transformation. Partner of the local government CD67, it supports them in their silver economy strategy since 2008. ADEC has strong knowledge of local government systems, ageing scenarios and the silver economy ecosystem in France.
ADEC also develops training when digital skills gaps emerge for different sectors, including diplomas in collaboration with Strasbourg University.
Working closely on entrepreneurship themes, ADEC has helped the CD67 set up innovative policies on ICT to stimulate social ties with the elderly.
ADEC masters digital communication (web, blog, wiki, social networks) and carries out daily competitive intelligence.

ADEC will provide technical support to the VAR and its pilot through its expertise in the coordination of the silver economy. ADEC will lead the communication activities for the project partnership.

The University of Primorska, Faculty of Health Sciences (UP FHS) is currently carrying out two study programmes - Nursing and Dietetics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. UP FHS performs its study programmes in cooperation with various public health organisations, on the level of primary and secondary health services. UP FHS is also a research organisation. Its research fields include also public health, health promotion, health education, and nursing care of the elderly. UP FHS is currently enrolled in international and
national research projects, and in the past it has participated also in the national and international project related to elderly care.

UP FHS will participate in the project through the development and pilot implementation of a new community health and social care model in particular through leading the work on the training model. UP FHS will cooperate with The Social Protection Institute of the Republic of Slovenia and will have an active role in coordinating the pilot testing of the model in Slovenia.

The Social Protection Institute of the Republic of Slovenia covers the field of social policy with the emphasis on social protection, child, family and disability policies.
In accordance with its annual plan the Institute creates and maintains a variety of databases for social assistance and social services including development and experimental programmes. The Institute monitors the implementation of a number of government programmes and strategies by establishing specialised systems of indicators and providing informational support by collecting and analysing data. For the purposes of effective evidence-based policy designing and decision-making the Institute provides expert opinions on government (policy) measures using qualitative and quantitative social research methods.

The Social Protection Institute of the Republic of Slovenia will have the role of developing the evaluation model in order to measure and analyse the degree of success of the project pilot activites.

Project observers

The CoNSENSo project is supported by 7 organisations with observer status:

  • Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Families, Women and Senior Citizens of Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
  • Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (Slovenia)
  • Nurses and Midwives Association of Slovenia - Professional group of community nurses (Slovenia)
  • Regional Health Agency Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (France)
  • Technical Committee for Inner Area - Department for Cohesion Policy at the Prime Minister's Office (Italy)
  • KABEG Villach Regional Hospital (Austria)
  • KABEG Klagenfurt Regional Hospital (Austria)