The MEM-TP programme
From 2013 to 2016, the European Commission supported a consortium of four organisations through the MEM-TP initiative to review, develop, test and evaluate training on migrant and ethnic minority health for front-line health professionals in primary care settings. Pilot training packages were delivered over three consecutive days to a total of 208 participants in Denmark, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. Evaluation of the project revealed differences in experience across the study sites. Overall, the training worked well when targeted at a different range of health professionals together. In Italy, for example, where the public health system is decentralized, the opportunity to learn from a diverse array of trainees was welcomed by participants. In Denmark, however, some of those involved found the course content too basic and felt that different levels of training would be more appropriate. Because health professionals across the European Region have very different educational profiles and experiences, adapting to local and professional contexts is key to the effective uptake and impact of training.