For the attractiveness of the caregiver profession, school recruitment will be on file

Agnes Buzyn made the announcement Thursday following the recommendations of former Minister Myriam El Khomri.

It is a measure that was included in the recommendations of former Minister Myriam El Khomri. Caregiver schools will recruit their students from September on file and no longer on competition, announced Thursday the Minister of Health Agnès Buzyn, who thus wishes to enhance the attractiveness of this profession, in particular in the sector of help for the elderly.

"I want us to do away with the entrance exam" to the training institutes for nursing assistants (Ifas) "from September 2020," said the minister during a visit to Ifas in Nanterre, near Paris.

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This measure was among the recommendations of former Minister Myriam El Khomri in her report on the upgrading of the professions of the elderly, which was delivered to the government in October. "We want to send a signal by opening up access to initial training as widely as possible," said the current Minister of Health.

The number of applicants in free fall

The current recruitment competition has seen the number of candidates drop by 25% between 2012 and 2017, even though "the needs are immense, and they will continue to grow," according to the minister.

This competition "does not make it possible to satisfactorily develop certain absolutely essential human skills", and will therefore be replaced by a selection on file, supplemented by an interview. This system will "diversify paths and promote skills and projects rather than knowledge," she said.

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A transitional mechanism will be set up "so as not to penalize those who are currently preparing for the competition," the ministry said in a statement.

Initial training will go from 10 to 12 months, "around new lessons such as spotting frailty" or "preventing loss of autonomy", according to the same source.

New training on the needs of the elderly

The minister also announced the establishment of a new "collective certification training" of three weeks, "focused on the needs of the elderly", and the creation of a fund of 40 million euros to finance actions prevention against accidents and occupational diseases, very common in this sector.

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Agnès Buzyn recalled that, since January, nursing assistants working in "Ehpad, in long-term care units as well as in follow-up care and rehabilitation or geriatric medicine" benefit from a new bonus of 100 euros net per month.

However, this measure only applies to officials in the hospital public service, an "inequity of treatment" strongly denounced in recent days by representatives of the private sector, but also by agents of the territorial public service.

Agnès Buzyn also recalled that she would present "in the summer of 2020" a law on old age and autonomy, initially announced for 2019 and eagerly awaited by professionals in the sector and associations.