Erik Franck is a nurse (KdG Hogeschool, 1997), Master in clinical psychology (UGent, 2001), Accredited Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (UGent, 2006) and holds a PhD in psychological sciences (Ghent University, 2007). He has almost 20 years of experience in (mental) health care, both in acute care (Antwerp University Hospital, GZA hospitals) and in primary care (Private practice, 2003). Since 2013 he has been affiliated with the Department of Nursing and Midwifery of the University of Antwerp. He is affiliated with the research group Center for Research and Innovation in Care (CRIC) where he - together with colleague Peter Van Bogaert - is responsible for the research group Workforce Management and Outcome Research in Care (WORC). He supervises various courses within the master's program in Nursing and Midwifery, such as management and innovation - part people management; Interprofessional collaboration in Healthcare; and Academic education. In addition, he is a member of the Flemish Association for Behavioral Therapy where he also supervises behavioral therapists in training at Ghent University as a recognized supervisor. Erik Franck's research themes focus on the professional well-being of doctors and nurses - in the training and work context and the relationship with quality of care and patient safety; collaboration in complex work environments; and leadership in Health and Care. He is a promoter of 6 doctoral projects [two completed: Nina Geuens (2018); Bart Geurden (2016)].
Retention in Care (Interreg-project)
AbstractFor years, the care sector has been struggling: vacancies are not filled and care courses are also understaffed. On top of that, the perception of working in care, especially in residential care, has deteriorated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to a persistent imbalance between the inflow and outflow of personnel, the pressure on the existing workforce has sharply increased. In the Netherlands, the metaphor of the colander is used for this: the inflow of care personnel is in order while the outflow remains unchanged. Blijf aan Z wants to reduce this outflow by focusing on the current care professionals so that they can remain at work as long as possible and long-term absenteeism can be minimised. The project wants to promote sustainable and high-quality employment, resulting in a lower turnover, a positive image of working in the care sector and better support for younger employees and those returning to work. Specifically, an analysis of the problem will be carried out and predictors of outflow and dropout will be identified. A 'dashboard' will monitor these predictors for the partners involved. In addition, Team Champions will be installed and educated in the form of a train-the-trainer programme. The team members are the change managers who intervene from within to increase (team) resilience and reduce retention. As a final aspect, a Community of Practice (COP) is started in which managers of care workers share and learn about leading workplace cultures in which care workers want to (continue to) work. This self-directed development programme significantly broadens the horizons of the participants by placing them in a learning environment with others of similar functions/roles but in totally different contexts.
- Promoter: Van den Broeck Kris
- Co-promoter: Franck Erik
- Co-promoter: Van Bogaert Peter
- Research Project
From "caring without cares" to "how to keep teaching cool".
AbstractStress and burnout are becoming serious problems in Belgium. This causes a wide array of negative consequences for the individual, the team, the quality of work and the organization. During the past years an e-learning program to prevent stress and burn-out within the nursing population was developed by the Centre of Expertise on Psychological Wellbeing in Patient Care. This program distinguishes itself from existing products by the fact that it is personalized, aimed specifically at nurses and based on scientific research. However, stress and burnout are not only pressing issues in nursing, but within other sectors as well. Therefore, we want to investigate whether the concept of an individual and job specific elearning program – which has been validated within the nursing population – can be transferred to other sectors. We aim to do so by first transferring this concept to another social profession and population at risk where the need for preventive measures is tangible – more specifically to lecturers within higher education. As such, the study at hand serves as a proof of concept to demonstrate that the program is also more widely applicable. This will facilitate the valorization of the program. Therefore, we will 1) investigate on which topics the content of the prevention program for nurses differs from that for lecturers and which content can be transferred without adjustments, 2) subsequently, insert this content in the existing framework or structure; 3) study the effect of this prevention program; 4) and finally, select the most appropriate model for commercialization. After finalizing the study at hand, we will take further steps to adjust this concept to other professions and commercialize these as well.
- Promoter: Franck Erik
- Co-promoter: Van Petegem Peter
- Centre for Research and Innovation in Care (CRIC)
- Research Project