About the Project

DOCMAN focuses on improving pedagogy specifically around blended education to prepare Health and Social Care managers for the challenges of integration, inclusion and innovation. Most European governments have cut or frozen welfare spending as the costs of healthcare continue to rise. Populations are aging often due to advances in healthcare which are often costly, however spending the most does not always guarantee the best outcomes. Demands to deliver a high quality, cost effective service have never been higher and innovation and shared learning is one the key mechanisms to deliver this. Models of care, integration of health and social care services and cost sharing are some of the key areas that European wide collaborative learning could be of great benefit. However the focus of many current programmes for this have an inward focus – on areas such as human resource management, quality and clinical governance. While there is clearly an importance to educate around these, needs have changed and the benefits and requirements to look outward to different and new innovative practices, needs to be developed.

DOCMAN first provided a comprehensive educational needs analysis. It focused on the needs of health and social care managers facing the new and considerable challenges. This research helped to formulate a competency framework for health and social care managers who are needing to lead the restructure and upheaval of health and social care in the EU. Bespoke online modules were developed focused on the competencies but also novel strategies for online and blended learning to maximise opportunity for collaborative learning. This project ultimately target provides open access educational resources for health and social care management students with options for accreditation. There is also an interactive online competency framework for all relevant professionals in this sector.


Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) is one of Scotland’s leading international universities; with 49% of its 18,000+ student base recruited from out with the UK.

Academically, ENU is organised into six Schools: the Business School, School of Arts & Creative Industries; School of Computing; School of Engineering & the Built Environment; School of Life, Sport & Social Sciences and the School of Health & Social Care.

There are a total of 1,512 members of staff: 883 school based, and 629 working in professional service departments. ENU has over 85,000 active graduates who play a dynamic role in ENU life as volunteers, supporters and donors.

ENU has a reputation for the diversity of its student community, the employability of its graduates and its international reach. It’s strategic vision is to build its reputation as a leader in research, teaching and innovation in education, to grow transnational higher education delivery and the international accessibility of its programmes and to grow the international student community; ensuring effective integration and high satisfaction.


LAB University of Applied Sciences serve global business through world class, practice-oriented higher education and through research, development, and innovation (RDI).Our strengths at LAB include the circular economy, design, the commercialisation of innovations, and health care service innovations. LAB focuses on innovation, industry and commerce.


Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences is very much the university of its city and region. Innovation, integration and co-creation with stakeholders are what make the Rhein-Main region and especially the city of Frankfurt exemplary in their dynamism and successful evolution as an European business hub. The Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences is known for interdisciplinary applied research, reflected in degree programs with strong international focus and advanced training courses for regional professionals.

The university has a living understanding of internationality and diversity informed by more than 15,000 students originating from 100 nations, and the equally diverse city of Frankfurt.

Innovation and integration are central values of the institutional policies. Equally, the 200+ partner universities in 51 countries on six continents are a vital part of the global perspective on research and on the educational mission. The university promotes forward-thinking educational and institutional concepts equipping the students and staff with the right skill set to best prepare for the challenges of the future.

Four faculties with 70 degree courses, 270 professors, as well as 730 employees and 16 scientific institutes are implementing into practice this institutional mission.


Charles University was founded in 1348 and is one of the world’s oldest universities. Today it has 17 faculties (14 in Prague, 2 in Hradec Králové and 1 in Plzeň), 3 university institutes, 6 further centres for educational, scientific, research, development and other activities or for provision of information services, 5 university-wide special facilities and the Rectorate as the administrative centre of the whole university.

Teaching and research is carried out by hundreds of specialists in the various disciplines, from humanities to medicine and natural sciences. The university has more than 8,083 employees, 4,057 of these being academic and research staff. Over 49,000 students are studying at CU (which is roughly a sixth of all students in the Czech Republic), in more than 300 accredited degree programmes and 660 study disciplines. More than 20,000 are studying in bachelor’s programmes, 20,000 in master’s programmes and more than 7,500 in doctoral programmes. Over 6,000 students are from abroad.

Faculty of Humanities is Charles University’s youngest faculty, it was founded in year 2000. It has 2,400 students and cca 160 academic staff. The Faculty consists out of 3 research centres, 3 institutes and 19 departments. It is internationally oriented with strong emphasis on multidisciplinary research and offers wide range of study programmes in English, French and German.