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  • 3.5.2021 - 4.5.2021

Virtually in Zoom


Free of charge

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  • #MetropoliaHCSS

International Days in Health Care, Rehabilitation and Social Services

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences warmly welcomes faculty members from partner institutions to exchange knowledge, experiences and ideas as well as to create collaborative networks. Metropolia´s Innovation Hubs are the inspiration for the themes in 2021.


  • Promotion of health and functional capacity
  • Strengthening participation and human agency
  • Promotion and development of entrepreneurship and leadership skills
  • Intelligent, user-oriented solutions and services

We are interested in new research focusing on your specific subject area as well as new pedagogical methods such as e-learning, simulated learning, virtual learning, best practices, educational lectures & workshops, ideas for co-creation and collaboration. Please send us your abstract for (online) oral presentations, posters or workshops suitable for but not limited to multi-professional student groups. Online platform will be Zoom.

Network opportunities 

The event offers virtual opportunities for project planning, meeting colleagues and finding new partners.


On each day the programme will consist of series of sessions in Zoom.

Monday 3 May 2021

The first day consists of online sessions in zoom. The first session starts at 10:00 Finland (UTC+3).

10:00 - Good morning from Metropolia! (75 min)

Time: 10:00 Finland (UTC+3)

The first session “Good morning from Metropolia” opens the event with the Conference host Minna Kaihovirta and President CEO Riitta Konkola (Metropolia UAS)

Keynote: Minna Elomaa-Krapu, the Innovation Director, to tell us about our Innovation Hub: Customer-Oriented Wellbeing and Health Services.

Introduction to our brand new learning environment HyMy-Kylä will be presented by Senior Lecturers Eija Raussi-Lehto, Anita Ahlstrand and Ulla Vehkaperä.

Read more about HyMy-Village here

11:15 - Myths about multilingualism (40 min)

Glenn Aerts

Artevelde University of Applied Sciences

Our society is getting more and more multicultural and multilingual. As a consequence, health care or social workers are confronted with more multilingual clients in their daily practice. Evidence shows that a lot of people are still biased towards this population. There are a lot of myths and (wrong) common beliefs causing prejudices and misconceptions. In this presentation, we will invalidate some of them (if necessary).

12:00 - Break (30 min)

12:30 - Gamification for health education and promotion (30 min)

Helena Martins Universidade Lusófona

Artemisa Rocha Dores Polytechnic Institute of Porto

Gamification is a relatively new approach that allows the use of videogame design techniques in contexts that are originally not game-related, including for the promotion and education of health outcomes. Gamification has been used in many contexts, but healthcare practices, which include often boring, frustrating or painful tasks, can especially benefit from the fun enjoyable games people play for entertainment purposes. Games can be helpful both promoting an increase in health knowledge and behaviours, as well as the positive emotions elicited by health-related contents and behaviours. This presentation begins by discussing the concept of gamification, the gamification toolbox, and gamer taxonomies and the different uses of gamification and game-based approaches in the healthcare context are explored, to figure out what the key success elements are and why this promising approach has yet to achieve its wide-spread potential use.

Parallel workshops

These three workshops take place at the same time at 13:10 Finland (UTC+3)

13:10 - Dead man walking - Mixed reality tele-simulation and cognitive skilltraining (60 min)

Kjetil Torgeirsen, Ørjan Undem, Eli Kydland, Kate Torun Vold, Geir Ivar Aanesad, Sverre Severson, Tor Harald Torsteinbø, Terje Myrstad


University of Stavanger

SAFER has for several years worked to improve advanced CPR team performance and non-technical skills. Since 2015, we have in collaboration with industry partners explored distance learning through tele-simulation. A methodology for cognitive skill training adapted to simulation based on the principles of the  ShadowBox™ method (Borders, Polander, Klein, & Wright, 2015) (Klein, Hintze, & Saab, 2013) has been developed since 2019. 

In this workshop, we will demonstrate an effective way of introducing realistic stressors to the decision-making process. The use of a standardized patient (Lopreiato, 2016) allows us to simulate realistic patient movements and noises that can occur in real cardiac arrest situations. These factors enable us to trigger and address emotional responses and phenomena’s like the startling effect (Martin, Murray, Bates, & Lee, 2015) and might reduce time from a witnessed arrest to initiation of CPR. For experienced clinicians the added realism might increase the relevance of the simulation. Since the pandemic force us to adapt training and also this workshop to the digital domain, it is an opportunity to demonstrate a method combining high tech (Microsoft HoloLens) tele-simulation and cognitive skill training based on the principles of the ShadowBox™ method.

Participants will participate a simulation from SAFER Stavanger through the view of the clinician leading the team assessing and treating the patient. During the scenario, the workshop participants will have to vote and decide what to do next. The majority will decide, and the scenario will drift in the direction decided by the workshop participants. After the scenario, a plenary debriefing session will be conducted where the decisions will be discussed. 


- 1. To demonstrate the possibilities and potential impact of tele-simulation and cognitive skill-training that can be transferred to education of health care students in a time of pandemic restrictions. 

- 2. Provide a tele-simulation experience using experienced clinicians as standardized patients in a tele-simulation scenario to increase realism and introduce stressors in decision-making processes. And to facilitate a discussion of potential scenarios, possibilities, limitations, and challenges.

13:10 - Insights in osteopathic manipulations (60 min)

Jory Pauwels

Fico Osteopathy Academy

To the general public, osteopathic care is associated with manipulations and often patients call their osteopath 'bone doctor' or 'joint cracker'.  This lecture provides insights in to the working mechanisms and potential effects of a manipulations, explained in an accessible way.  Manipulations are discussed from a safety point of view and from there the indications are explored, providing the participant understanding why an osteopath manipulates, leading the participant far beyond just the release of blockages and into the osteopathic way of thinking.

13:10 - Urban Spaces in a time of Covid-19 (60 min)

Leigh Anne Rauhala

Tiina Lehto-Lundén

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Urban Spaces in a time of Covid-19: An analysis of values, lived experience and power.  The current Covid 19- epidemic exacerbates socially unjust infrastructures and makes visible a power imbalance having an unequal affect on society’s most vulnerable. Social services professionals need to look at the broader urban context in order to understand how this affects wellbeing. The Urban SOS project is developing a framework through which practitioners can view complex issues in the urban context. We host a workshop where we dialogue about challenging issues and possible solutions for working in the urban Helsinki metropolitan area.


14:10 - Short exercise break (15 min)

Take a short exercise break with Metropolia physiotherapy students! Movement makes you feel good! 

15 min

Parallel workshops

These three workshops take place at the same time 14:45 Finland (UTC+3)

14:45 - Engaging worldwide online learning for social entrepreneurship to fight poverty (60 min)

Filip Dejonckheere

Artevelde University of Applied Sciences

Ulla-Maija Seppänen

Oulu University of Applied Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number one is No Poverty. In Europe 25% of people are living in poverty. That includes 25 000 000 children. The Europe 2020 Strategy aims to lift at least 20 million people out of poverty by 2020. Reality is that in Europe there are now more than ever before people suffering poverty. Poverty is strongly connected to marginalization and social exclusion. Social entrepreneurship has many opportunities and ways to fight against poverty. Unfortunately, it is not well known and taught in HEIs.

In autumn 2020 COHEHRE (Consortium of institutes of Higher Education in Health and Rehabilitation in Europe) organized for the first time online course called “Creating a Social Entrepreneurship to Fight Poverty”. The mail goal of the course was by developing new concepts (products or services) for social entrepreneurship against poverty to learn how to develop new innovations and businesses in international and interdisciplinary teams and how to enable people living in poverty for better futures.

Starting point for the work were real problems from organizations working with people suffering poverty from five different countries in Asia, Europe and South-America. Participants were from 16 different countries, including BA-, MA- and PhD-students as well as professionals. Half of the participants were from the field of health care and social work, half from business, engineering, law, education etc. In eight weeks, interdisciplinary teams developed concepts for the partner organizations.

Based on our learning from this course, we challenge participants of the workshop to discover the possibilities of social entrepreneurship and innovation development in teaching and learning. Workshop will approach the learning process from different perspectives.

14:45 - Applying gamification to support health and well-being (60 min)

Tiina Lehto-Lundén

Jouni Piekkari

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

The workshop consists of background to serious urban games and game-based learning as well as examples on how transnational CONNEXT for inclusion project ( has applied them in practice. Themes related with health and well-being are discussed in particular. 

Because CONNEXT works with youngsters from migrant communities, examples on experiences how game-based learning has been applied among them are shared. The participants will also get an opportunity to play themselves a serious urban game developed in CONNEXT, which makes use of platform ( Have your mobile device ready!

14:45 - The use of ICTs to overcome physical distance in neurocognitive rehabilitation (60 min)

Andreia Geraldo1, Artemisa R Dores1,2, Helena Martins3, Carolina Sastre Barrios4 Fernando Barbosa1

1 Laboratory of Neuropsychophysiology, Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Porto, Portugal

2 School of Health, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal

3 Lusófona University of Humanities and Technologies, Portugal

4 NeuronUP SL  


60 minutes

The progressive inclusion of digital technologies in neurocognitive rehabilitation (NCR) has contributed to overcome some of the limitations associated with the traditional methods used in NCR programs, enabling neuropsychologists to provide more meaningful and pleasant rehabilitation services. Nonetheless, the COVID-19 pandemic has imposed several barriers to NCR processes due to the mitigating measures implemented in several countries, which have controlled and, in some cases, restrained the free movement of citizens. These mitigating measures have accentuated the need for remote neuropsychological rehabilitation services once patients with neurological disorders can benefit from a systematic and continuous intervention.

With this workshop, we aim: (1) to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on neuropsychological services and its implications on future practices, (2) to explore the innovative characteristics and the type of NCR programs based on the use of digital technologies, namely platforms, virtual reality, and game-based approaches (including serious games and gamification), (3) to explore the impact of these new tools on the motivation and engagement of patients, and on the efficacy of NCR programs. Additionally, a neurocognitive rehabilitation platform for remote neuropsychological rehabilitation, available in three languages, will be presented and demonstrated, enabling its exploration by the participants of the workshop

The final presentation of the day will start at 15:45 (Finland, UTC +3)

15:45 - Mentoring students in the development of leadership skills and promoting a sense of entrepreneurship through a cultural experience (20 min)

Donna Acerra, Hope Horowitz, Erin Reilly, Susan McDonald

Northampton Community College

20 minutes

Promotion and development of entrepreneurship and leadership skills  Mentoring students in the development of leadership skills and promoting a sense of entrepreneurship through a cultural experience. 

An innovative interprofessional cultural experience, “Mindful Travel Mentors”, encouraged students to become independent while using narrative reflective practices to become more introspective. Faculty, professional social workers and students from various institutions came together as a cohesive group as they experienced Nordic culture together. Faculty from different disciplines and social work professionals served as mentors to the social work students. The cultural experience incorporated a variety of experiential group activities with a narrative and reflective focus.  Reflecting exercises led by the mentors at the start and end of the day offered embodied narratives, culminating in the final reflection using a narrative photo voice. The internal and external experiences provided rich opportunities for faculty, professionals, and students to come together as a community. The cultural experience took students out of their comfort zone and organically created situations in which students had to take on various leadership roles. The innovative learning techniques provided seeds for promoting entrepreneurship and leadership skills for the group. The spirit of entrepreneurship fostered at Northampton Community College (Bethlehem, PA, USA) inspired the creation of this unique, life-changing mentorship experience. 


1. Explain mentorship as a pedagogical approach in the development of leadership skills

2. Explore narrative and reflective practice techniques, i.e. photo voice

3. Demonstrate how to create an innovative cultural collaborative experience that provides fertile ground in promoting entrepreneurial and leadership skills  

16:10 - Closing session (10 min)

Wrapping together the workshop and session discussion. Please feel free to share your feelings in the Zoom chat!

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Tuesday 4 May 2021

9:45 - Start of the day! (15 min)

The Conference host Minna Kaihovirta welcomes participants to the second day of the event

10:00 - Human-centred Approach for Health Care (40 min)

Manfred Pferzinger

IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems

Applied health care management often neglects the perspective of potential patients by using exclusively data in order to identify and tackle health problems from a public health perspective. In contrast health institutions as emotional hot spots, full of individual needs, are suitable for human-centred design. More than that, Design Thinking related competences are becoming ever greater for health professionals. The presentation will show applied and research-based projects from different areas of health care.

10:45 - Consultative approach supporting multidisciplinary team-based learning in practice - Towards new competencies of future professionals in the field of social and healthcare (15 min)

Anu Valtonen, Kaarina Pirilä

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

The need to examine the concept of consultative approach arose when students from many different fields of social and healthcare worked together in multi-professional student team as a part of their clinical work placement in Metropolia’s learning and development environment: HyMy Village (Well-being and Health Village). In multiprofessional team-based clinical practice a student-team offered individual service to a client of home care. During 6 week-long practice, the multiprofessional student-team visited clients’ home and got to know their everyday life. Student-team used the client-centered approach to solve client’s every-day challenges, needs or hopes in cooperation with the client. However, multiprofessional teams consisted of a few students only, and therefore, didn’t include students from all occupations needed for holistic view. Hence, the practical experience revealed that in many cases to be able to act for the clients’ best, the consultation of other occupations expertise was necessary. During the Covid-19 pandemic situation the consultation was implemented as consultative workshops.

The presentation describes the theory of consultative approach and connects to the consultation combined with team-based practice in social and healthcare. Consultative approach can be a highway to the new competencies needed as future social and healthcare professionals.

11:00 - Short exercise break

Take a short exercise break with Metropolia physiotherapy students! Movement makes you feel good! 

15 min


Parallel sessions 

11:15 - Postural assessment and footprint analysis – ideas for virtual learning (40 min)

Monika Pavlovic

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Health Sciences

Objective and Methods: The aim of this lecture/workshop is to present ways to perform posture and foot type analysis at home without the need for special equipment. Although some of the methods mentioned are already widely used in clinical/research settings, the focus of this lecture/workshop is on examples of virtual learning. It is based on personal experience gained when I had to conduct lab work (Human motion analysis and Orthotics courses) with Prosthetics and Orthotics students online.

Discussion: Photographic postural assessment can be performed without physical contact with the patient/participant. Following detailed instructions, patients/participants can take their own photographs of their posture in different planes and send them to their clinician. 

11:15 - Palliative care in community nursing (20 min)

Kirsty Marshall

University of Salford

Community nursing including palliative care – The presentation will explore the concepts of community palliative care, the need for care coordination to ensure effective safe holistic care provision at end of life. The presentation will also discuss the concepts of personalization and person centeredness in end of life including dealing with difficult conversations, shared decision making and patient choice.


11:35 - Common Risk Factor Approach as a Tool to Promote Oral Health care (20 min)

Saila Pakarinen

Metropolia University of Applied Science

The aim of this lecture/workshop is to share results from our project “The common risk factor approach: Developing an international e-learning course for oral hygiene students in Finland and Japan”

The common risk factor approach aims to address common risk factors such as nutrition, hygiene, smoking and alcohol, in order to promote health in more holistic approach. The common risk factor approach is good tool for multi-professional cooperation to connect oral health and general health and understand the connection in pneumonia and oral health or obesity and periodontal disease.

Promoting health with the means of multi-professional cooperation is an important way to promote better life for inhabitants of municipalities. Educators of oral hygienists need to prepare future professionals to work together on the challenges of healthcare, in the changing societies and in different cultural contexts. For example, health care professionals should understand that smoking cessation counseling in the dental setting is effective.

Degree programs in Oral Health Care at Metropolia UAS and Tokushima University have developed an inter-professional e-learning course to address the risk factors between oral and general health in different age groups.

12:00 - Break (30 min)

12:30 - Introduction of the Metropolia’s Simulation Center and NESTLED (60 min)

(60 minutes)

Introduction of the Metropolia’s Simulation Center  and

NESTLED  (Nurse Educator Simulation Based Learning) simulation pedagogy

Ari-Pekka Åker

Metropolia University of Applied Science

12:30 - Touch based treatments for infants suffering from colic symptoms. Study protocol (20 min)

Leena Hannula

Sandra Rinne

Metropolia University of Applied Science

Tiina Väänänen

LAB University of Applied Science

Touch based treatments for infants suffering from colic symptoms. Study protocol for RCT Trial  Objectives: The Comparison of the effects of three types of interventions to reduce colic symptoms of infants reported by their parents and comparison of self-reported stress and wellbeing of the parents. Treatment interventions include osteopathy, reflexology and affective touch and control group receives ordinary treatment by the Finnish Child Welfare Clinics.

12:50 - Healthy Beginnings: Evaluation of Training for Early years practitioners to reduce overweight and obesity in young children (40 min)

(40 minutes)

Vivien Swanson

University of Stirling

Overweight and obesity in children can have lasting negative impacts on physical and mental health,  and is a problem with increasing international significance. Scotland has one of the highest rates in OECD countries, with a third of children aged 5 being overweight or obese, and an over-representation in areas of social disadvantage.

Early years practitioners including community nurses, health visitors and nursery nurses working with parents of young children aged 0-5  have an opportunity to intervene early to address child overweight.

MAP (Motivation, action, prompts) Health Behaviour Change Training delivered by health psychologists in the NHS uses an evidence-based framework of specific skills, and has been successfully delivered to over 2000 practitioners in a variety of settings in health services across Scotland.

This presentation presents data from our evaluation of the national MAP programme, and reports on the process of adaptation, development and early evaluations of the ‘MAP Healthy Beginnings’ pilot Early Years programme being delivered to over 200 staff in southern Scotland in early 2021.

13:40 - Vaccination competence studies online (20 min)

Sari Lahti, Aija Ahokas, Anne Nikula and Heli Thomander

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Evanthia Sakellari

University of West Attica, Greece

Vaccination is globally significant and topical issue because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is essential that health care professionals have adequate and up-to-date competence in vaccination to carry out vaccination according to the recommendations.   

Educating vaccination competence project (EDUVAC) is funded by Erasmus+ and it consists of partners from five Higher Education Institutes (HEI): University of West Attica, Greece (coordinator); Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland; University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy; University of Trnava, Slovakia; University of Vic, Spain. Participants of the project are from the fields of community health, public health nursing, nursing and public health.    One of the goals of the project was to develop and implement a web-based vaccination course to strengthen knowledge, competence, and attitude of health care students in vaccination. A part of material will be available for international open access use in English in the end of the project this year.    Vaccination competence course was developed in Moodle and it consists of 6 sections: Vaccination basics, Vaccination procedure, Counseling people, Vaccinating refugees, migrants and asylum seekers, Vaccinating travelers and people on the move and People who hesitate to take vaccines and anti-vaccination groups. The web-based course implemented three times (2019-2020) in all participating HEIs. In addition, the digital content was tested by implementing common (all 5 HEIs took part) Vaccination competence intensive course in Helsinki in 2019.


13:40 - Attitudes and beliefs of osteopathy students and educators towards chronic pain (20 min)

Hakim Mhadhbi

Institut d'Ostéopathie de Rennes-Bretagne 

Background: Chronic back pain has been identified as one of the leading causes of disability in world-wide analysis and has remained one of the two main contributing factors to the global causes of disability for more than two decades. Practitioners’ attitudes and beliefs can trigger whether positive (placebo) or negative (nocebo) therapeutic outcomes in their patients, may influence their treatment approach and could be detrimental to the recovery of chronic low back pain (cLPB) patients when wrong messages are sent. Beliefs about the body and pain are therefore considered to form key considerations in the treatment of pain-related disabilities.

14:00 - Closing session (15 min)

Wrapping up together the International Days event. Please feel free to share your feelings in the Zoom chat!

Remember to fill in the feedback form to help us build even better experience next time!