3 – Escola Superior de Saúde do Alcoitão

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ESSA-SCML belongs to an institution of social solidarity – Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa. The mission is to provide social care to poor people, homeless, elderly and orphans. Health care is included in these services and developed with high standards according to European benchmarks. For both (social and health care) ESSA-SCML develops undergratuate and graduate studies of social care, physiotherapy, speech therapy and occupation therapy, directed to community care and a rehabilitation process for the last 50 years.

Concerned with the best practices in rehabilitation, ESSA-SCML provides dynamic learning strategies according to undergraduate and graduate students requirements. Aware of the complexity of rehabilitation and the actors involved, ESSA-SCML also provides professional development (short courses) for formal, non formal and informal carers. It plays an important function in the community, having partnerships with local governments, health centers, hospital and rehabilitation centres.

The staff has extensive experience in practice and teaches the same issues. Regarding this background, ESSA-SCML staff has a grounded experience in the development of master programmes according to the necessities of the community. Also, the collaboration in several other international projects on the UE, Africa and Russia, our ability to work on an international context is well established.

Website link: www.essa.pt