EUPATI held its annual capacity building event for fellows and national platform members and representatives in Berlin on 29 June 2017. The purpose of the meeting was to train and empower participants to share and multiply the knowledge and skills entailed in the EUPATI Expert Training Course and the EUPATI Toolbox to their own patient groups and constituencies.
Detailed presentations discussed the various modalities of learning and teaching, and also several in-depth explanations on how to design an event, what are the main pitfalls and key recommendations for a successful training event, and also – most importantly – how to get the most out of the EUPATI Toolbox for training events.
The Toolbox not only includes articles, videos and images for the development of training events and even courses, but also offers pre-developed slide decks and guidance for entire “out of the box” presentations called Starter Kits or mini-courses. Use them, adapt them, share them, spread the knowledge – this was the key takeaway of the Train the Trainer event. Participants also got the chance to develop a plan for a training event of any format that they proposed to organise for a freely defined disease area and audience.
Another similar event will follow next year, and work will continue with the Alumni Network in the meantime as well. EUPATI fellows and patient representatives have been present in an increasing number of health policy related and disease specific conferences, and the deepening of their training skills will also make sure that number of trained and reliably knowledgeable patient advocates increases gradually across Europe.
Here a few images from the event: