History and future plans



The work of tEACH began at a session during the EACH Warwick Conference 2002. The tEACH committee was officially formed at the EACH Conference in Brugge 2004. At the Brugge Conference, 53 participants representing 16 countries in the workshop 'An international network of teachers of medical interviewing' established working groups and an action plan for meeting the goals of the network.
In 2008, the committee had was re-established as an expanded working-group that involved 41 key stakeholders as representatives from 21 European countries. This initiative was designed not only to involve representatives of all European countries but also create a highly active working group to generate products of use to all teachers of communication in health care in Europe. The concept was to include people from a variety of constituencies in communication teaching, including undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and the education of all health professionals. The committee was envisaged to only involve people who are "do-ers", with the motivation to help achieve significant outcomes and put time and energy towards this. Rather than a sterile committee, this was to be an active group working in between meetings in subgroups to achieve distinct products. 
All participants recruited to the working group are involved in curricular development, teaching or assessing communication skills. The different professions represented in the group include medicine, midwifery, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and psychology.
Biannual meetings have occurred in Verona, Italy (May 2009), Porto, Portugal (November 2009), Cambridge, UK (April 2010), Milan, Italy (September 2010), again Cambridge, UK (March 2011), Prague (September 2011) and Leiden (April 2012).
For an overview of the current tEACH organisation and who's who, click here.

Future plans

As well as continuing its current activities, tEACH would like to establish a programme for curriculum development for those countries in Europe who currently have rudimentary programmes in communication skills teaching for health professionals. This would involve bringing key representatives from several different countries to work with on an on-going basis to help them develop curricula to suit the resources and needs within their countries. This programme will include intensive workshops on curriculum development, opportunities for site visits to schools with well-established communication curricula and site visits to those European countries by experts drawn from the tEACH working group. These plans are dependent on procuring external funding to support these efforts.

National representatives