Health and allied professionals have the right and duty to pursue professional training; therefore, the institution must enable them:
- to stay abreast of the development of health sciences;
- to attend occasional advanced practical training at appropriate healthcare institutions;
- to have their theoretical and practical knowledge tested occasionally.
Health professionals have their licence renewed for a period of seven years – licence period – on the basis of proof of professional competence. Professional competence is established with regard to the licence points awarded for in-service training in the licence period concerned.
To get the licence renewed a health professional must have obtained at least 70 licence points in the preceding licence period. Those who fail to obtain a sufficient number of points must sit a professional competence test in order to get their licence renewed.
Mandatory content of the in-service training in a licence period covers:
- health care legislation and professional ethics;
- basic resuscitation procedures;
- quality and safety in health care.
In addition to mandatory content, health professionals must also engage in training on general content on nursing and midwifery and on their specialised fields within nursing and midwifery. At least 50% of the licence points must be obtained in the specialised fields of nursing and midwifery in which they practice.
The following is considered in-service training:
- participation in expert meetings (active or passive, at home or abroad);
- published professional articles at home or abroad (i.e. in magazines, proceedings, books or monographs);
- advanced training at health care providers.
An application for the recognition of an expert meeting, for the assessment of its programme as an in-service training event, and for the allocation of the licence points must be submitted to the Ministry by the organiser of the expert meeting.
After the expert meeting is concluded the organiser issues certificates confirming participation. The Ministry publishes the programmes of the expert meetings deemed in-service training on its website.
Applications for the recognition of a certain number of licence points for in-service training not provided by organisers listed on the website of the Ministry must be submitted by the health professional.
In order to have their participation at an expert meeting or advanced training at healthcare providers recognised as in-service training health professionals must submit:
- a certificate of participation or proof of advanced training at a health care or other organisation signed by the responsible person of the organisation;
- full name and address of the legal or natural person that organised continuing in-service training;
- title of the meeting's programme or training;
- date and location of the meeting's programme provision or training and duration of the meeting;
- participation (active or passive);
- programme of the meeting or type of training.
In order to obtain recognition for professional articles published at home or abroad, health professionals must submit:
- the title page of the article with its content and the first page featuring the article;
- the catalogue details;
- the table of contents; and
- a link to the source if the publication is not cited in a bibliographic database (i.e. COBISS, PUBMED).
After receipt of a complete application, and based on the assessment of the appropriateness of the programme or training and the number of licence points obtained, the Ministry informs the health professional of the number of allocated licence points and enters them in the register.