Thessaloniki, May 2024: BIP content

Title: “PreRehab: enabling patients & carers to meet their full potential”.

Timeframe for face-to-face conduct: 26/5/2024-1/6/2024.

Online pre-post phase: April, 2024 & June 2024.

Communication: Official program language is English in both teaching and everyday communication.

Communication platform: zoom for all online meetings and teaching.


Partners involved in the Blended Intensive Program:

  • Nursing department, International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki, Greece. (organization and venue): Lead: Dr Dimitris Theofanidis.
  • University of Parma, Italy. Coach: Dr Antonio Bonacaro
  • Hénallux, Namur, Belgium. Coach: Geneviève Castiaux.
  • Thrakya University, Turkey. Coach: Aysu Kurtuldu.

Credits: 3 ECTS


Aim: the purpose of this program is to elaborate on the study of interventions designed to optimize function and reduce disability in people with chronic health conditions in interaction with their environment.


Course objectives:

General expected results of the BIP project 2024 are as follows:

  • Developing civic engagement and active citizenship, i.e. An international experience for all partners involved both from the health care (professionals and students) and civic sector (carers).
  • Ensuring a quality partnership, developing transnational teaching activities and internationalization between partner institutions and beyond.
  • Improving the language and intercultural skills of students and staff.
  • Developing the digital skills of students and thus promoting environmentally friendly practices,
  • Ensuring the visibility of the results obtained.


Overall BIP’s expected results for the students are:

Each singular case to study will provide students opportunities to achieve the following results:

  • Reflecting upon their own beliefs and attitudes towards successful rehabilitation practices.
  • Learning how to work effectively in multi-national teams.
  • Acquiring practical knowledge to work in alliance with disadvantaged patients and carers in need.
  • Producing a critical analysis of the actual welfare and care services in Europe.
  • Learning to work in a more diverse-sensitive way, as healthcare/social professionals.
  • Developing self-emotional resilience to face complex healthcare situations.
  • Developing an understanding of humans’ rights and ethics challenges in Europe.
  • Developing their body of knowledge about professional issues related to disadvantaged patients and carers.
  • Developing team-working skills in multi-professional and multicultural environments.



This BIP Program challenge asks for an interdisciplinary and transcultural approach. Each student group will be provided one specific case-study for the BIP.

Step by step we will support you to get in depth understanding of the situation and find solutions or recommendations.

During the program, different tools and articles, oral presentation, and in-field visits, will provide students opportunity to step in the topics and understand them in depth. The student’s group will reflect on the case and gradually understand deeply all points of the situation.


We expect you to explore at least (regarding your unique case) in a diverse-sensitive way, as healthcare professionals:

  • Beliefs, attitudes of healthcare professionals towards disadvantaged patients and carers. What is the evidence? What do you recommend doing for improvement?
  • Welfare and care services in Europe, and what they offer to disadvantaged patients and carers. What is the current situation in your countries/in Europe? What should be improved?
  • Humans’ rights and ethics challenges in Europe, especially regarding disadvantaged patients and carers. What challenges do you identify?
  • Work in alliance with disadvantaged patients and carers: what do you recommend?
  • What specific lessons are you learning for your body of knowledge about professional issues related to disadvantaged patients and carers?
  • What did you learn about your personal emotional resilience to face complex healthcare situations?
  • How did you develop team-working skills in multi-professional and multicultural environment?


Collaborative online Platform:

Scheduled online meetings via zoom are designed to discuss, collaborate, work together, meet, share documents. The coach for each group will be automatically a member as well, and Dr Dimitris Theofanidis will coordinate the project and oversee all relevant activities.


Themes concerned in case of disadvantaged students:

These case studies will give opportunity to focus on some of the following selected European topics:

Education: health and care access, disadvantaged patients and carers, informal sector, poverty.

Environment: climate change, environmental degradation.

Ethics and human rights: minority groups, physical or mental disabilities.

Gender and sexuality: gender concern, health inequalities, sexual harassment, violence and abuse.

Migration, diversity: immigrants and refugees, spiritual needs, racism, life trauma experience, intercultural sensibility, superdiversity in Europe.


Themes concerned in case of specific and additional care (needs):

Specific needs: assessing people’s needs, empowerment, morbidity prevention, patient compliance, patient-partner, person-centred care, quality of life, welfare.

Prevention and primary care: community health services, determinants of health, family-centered care, health outcomes, holistic care, primary health care.

Organization of care: care clustering, care pathways, models of care, social insurance services access, stakeholder participation


Every group will have a dedicated coach following their specific process and meetings. The coach may be a nurse tutor or related professional and will be a staff member from one of the participating universities.

The coach is also available in case of questions/concerns/problems related to the BIP program.

In order to give the coaches good idea of how the group is progressing students are  expected to:

  • Give the coach access to the collaborative online platform group.
  • Upload the recommended milestones.
  • Interact with her/him during the meetings.

 Face-to-face learning program: 26/5/2024-1/6/2024.·

Sunday 26/5/2024 Welcoming of guests
Monday 27/5/2024 Introduction – Health Promotion City tour



Epidemiology of chronic diseases – Rehabilitation of degenerative conditions Free-time



Clinical scenarios- Mental health and social wellfare Visit to a rehabilitation center



Advanced practice in rehab for the third age Free-time



Group work presentation Dinner



Day trip to Chalkodiki


Duration of the distance learning component: Within the framework of the program there will be a two-month employment (before-after the face-to-face component of the BIP) for the students, totaling  35 hours, under the guidance of each partner on the above mentioned subjects, followed by meeting up in Thessaloniki (26/5/2024-1/6/2024) for further co-teaching and training with all partners involved (40 hours).



The successful completion of the program, both in its physical and virtual parts, will be awarding 3 ECTS. Appropriate steps should be taken by each partner that these are recognized as part of their Diploma Supplement.


Special awards: A friendly ‘competition’ will take place whereby the best inter-national team will be selected on the basis of the merit of its last day’s presentation and subsequently be handed a device each (i.e. tablet)


Course evaluation:

Active participation in the entire module (both on-line and face-to-face) suffices for awarding 3 ECTS without any need of further evaluation. Yet, each student still needs to complete the following assignments:

  1. group assignment as per inter-national group.
  2. individual feedback via writing-up a reflective commentary.

By the end of the face-to-face week, i.e. on Friday 31st May 2024, each student will receive their final evaluation and supportive documents. Alternatively, this can be sent via email at the end of the post-BIP phase.

By the completion of the module, the hosting university (IHU) will provide a certificate of attendance to each participant student.


Yours Sincerely,

Dimitris Theofanidis, Assistant Professor, Nursing Department, IHU


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