European Hospital & Healthcare Employers’ Association

HOSPEEM-HOPE joint Workshop on AMR & CPD

The European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE) and the European Hospital and Healthcare Employers' Association (HOSPEEM) organised the following workshop:

HOSPEEM-HOPE joint Workshop on Antimicrobial Resistance and Continuing Professional Development: “AMR and workplace learning-The case for a multi-professional approach in hospitals"
European Parliament, November 22nd, 2017

Agenda and Media release:

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Presentations:

 “Prevention and control of AMR in healthcare: raising awareness about best practices” - Dominique Monnet, ECDC, Head of the Disease Programmes on AMR and HAI
“A European One Health action plan on AMR” - Angela Bolufer, European Commission, Member of the AMR Task force
“Collaborating to increase Patient Safety” - Denis Herbaux, CEO, Platform for Continuous Improvement of Quality of Care and Patient Safety (PAQS), Belgium
“The need for cooperation from a One Health perspective against AMR” - Marcel Mennen, Project Manager AMR, National Institute for Public Health and Environment, the Netherlands

This Workshop addressed the importance of continuous professional development for the correct understanding and use of antibiotics by hospital staff and patients and the prevention of infections. Good practice examples to train staff in combatting Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in the hospital sector were presented to foster the discussion.

The event also provided the opportunity to emphasize the importance of inter-professional cooperation in combatting AMR. The date chosen for the Workshop  allowed to connect the event to the activities planned for the 2017 European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) and the launch of the new EAAD Toolkit for Hospital Staff.

The workshop was hosted by MEP Soledad Cabezón Ruiz (Spain, S&D) and took place at the European Parliament, from 15.00 to 17.00 in Room P1C047.

see HOPE Event page 

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VADEMECUM – A Practical Guide for EU Social Partner Organisations and their National Affiliates to Commission support to EU Social Dialogue.

The “VADEMECUM – A Practical Guide for EU Social Partner Organisations and their National Affiliates to Commission support to EU Social Dialogue -2017” provides basic information on the instruments related to EU support to social dialogue and includes the existing rules to be respected when using these tools.  Download the guide.

 

HOSPEEM-EPSU project – Media release: Social Partners’ Conference on Continuing Professional Development

                                                        

 Social Partners’ Conference on Continuing Professional Development

“Working together, learning together – Switching to the learning mode”

MEDIA RELEASE

On 19 and 20 June 2017, HOSPEEM and EPSU – with the support of the Dutch HOSPEEM member Nederlandse Vereniging van Ziekenhuizen (NVZ) – organised the conference “Working together, learning together – Switching to the learning mode” in Amsterdam to pursue and deepen their thematic focus on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Life-Long Learning (LLL).

The event built on the HOSPEEM-EPSU Joint Declaration on Continuing Professional Development and Life-Long Learning for All Health Workers in the EU adopted in November 2016. In this document the sectoral social partners in the hospital and health care sector recognise CPD as paramount for the maintenance and improvement of the quality of care and patient safety. Access to CPD and career options are presented as supportive of effective recruitment and retention policies. The joint declaration highlights that CPD and LLL initiatives should be considered as a long-term investment in the (productivity of the) health workforce and not as a cost factor. Social partners have a major role to play when it comes to CPD, in partnership with competent authorities and other relevant stakeholders. The declaration also states that undertaking CPD is a shared responsibility of employers and workers and depends to a large extent on the intrinsic motivation of employees to invest in their own development. HOSPEEM and EPSU finally recall the importance of taking local specificities into consideration and respecting the different national legal and regulatory frameworks when designing CPD systems.

The conference provided a forum for exchange and debate on a number of social partner-based initiatives presented by representatives of HOSPEEM members and EPSU affiliates from Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom and on the key role played by social partners in this field. It offered the opportunity to learn more about supportive regulatory frameworks for CPD and about policy measures aimed at facilitating access to CPD, updating or upgrading qualifications, skills, competence and professional practice, the provision of quality services by a hospital/health care workforce fit for practice and at a high level of patient safety. In addition, several researchers shared their insights and experiences during the plenary sessions or during one of the four thematic break-out sessions organised. Balazs Lengyel of DG SANTE presented the main insights and selected conclusions and recommendations from the study “Mapping CPD and LLL for health professionals in the EU” – focusing on nurses, midwifes, doctors, dentists and pharmacists – issued in 2015 and commissioned by the European Commission.

A range of aspects related to CPD was covered by the presentations and discussions at the HOSPEEM-EPSU conference. These include: How to ensure sustainable models of financing of CPD for all types of health workers? How to best make CPD available for all health workers in an equal manner across all age groups, occupational groups, working patterns and all types of contracts? What can social partners at the different levels do to give better access to groups often under-represented in CPD and LLL, such as health workers aged 45+, part-time workers or workers with lower formal qualifications (mainly health care support staff)? Which models of CPD to use to support increasing demands of working in teams bringing together different health professions? How to best organise CPD on the backdrop of an increasing digitalisation of health care services (e-health; m-health; telemedicine)? How to build CPD as a key element into team and personal development planning and organisational development strategies? How to develop a partnership approach in designing, organising, implementing and assessing CPD policies and tools at national, sectoral and enterprise level?

Looking at the health professions, a particular focus was given to nurses, health care support staff and doctors. This was also underpinned by four short testimonial videos of Dutch nurses produced by NVZ about how they have benefited from CPD in their professional career and various work contexts so far and which expectations they have as to the organisation of CPD in the future.

The conference was opened by a group interview involving Bas van den Dungen, representative of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Elise Merlijn, FNV, The Netherlands, representing EPSU, and Kate Ling, NHS, United Kingdom, representing HOSPEEM. The social partner representatives highlighted some of the trade unions’ and employers’ priorities in the field of CPD and LLL, the key opportunities and problems to be addressed. The participants watched a video message by Commissioner Andriukaitis in which he expressed his support for the Joint HOSPEEM-EPSU Declaration on CPD and LLL for all Health Workers in the EU and for the ongoing work of the sectoral social partners in the hospital sector in the field of CPD.

During the conference, participants were asked to write down and share the most relevant “take home messages” to them. This input as well as visuals of a graphic recorder were used by the chairpersons and the moderator of the closing panel, Nico Knibbe, LOCOmotion, The Netherlands. Wrapping up the conference, Sabine Scheer, NVZ, The Netherlands, representing HOSPEEM, Kirsi Sillanpää, Tehy, Finland, representing EPSU, and Alice Casagrande, FEHAP, France, pointed to their key “learning experiences” during the conference and highlighted the take home messages they consider most relevant.

This conference was a key step for the sectoral social partners in the hospital and health care sector, HOSPEEM and EPSU, in identifying successful approaches, instruments and formats of CPD, both from the management and workers’ perspective. It brought together more than 100 participants from 18 EU Member States and 4 non-EU countries, including 35 participants from the Netherlands. The event was organised in the framework of the HOSPEEM-EPSU EU-funded project “Promoting effective recruitment and retention policies for health workers in the EU by ensuring access to CPD and healthy and safe workplaces supportive of patient safety and quality care” (2017-2018) and a contribution of the hospital and healthcare sector social partners to the 2016-2017 EU-OSHA Campaign ”Healthy Workplaces For All Ages”.

EPSU’s and HOSPEEM’s work on this issue will continue in 2017 and 2018. A report on the conference, also containing the key take-home messages, will be published by the end of 2017. It will be disseminated at national and at EU level and will feed into the future work of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital Sector on CPD.

Amsterdam/Brussels, 23 June 2017

PDF - 304.4 ko Media release

Contact:

HOSPEEM: Emilie Sourdoire, Policy Officer, e.sourdoire@hospeem.eu, +32/2/2292158

EPSU: Mathias Maucher, Policy Officer “Health & Social Services”, mmaucher@epsu.org, +32/2/2501093


Social Partners’ Conference on Continuing Professional Development

On 19 and 20 june 2017 the first conference of the HOSPEEM-EPSU project “Promoting effective recruitment and retention policies for health workers in the EU by ensuring access to CPD and healthy and safe workplaces supportive of patient safety and quality care” (2017-2018) took place in Amsterdam (co-organised by NVZ  and supported by HOSPEEM).

This conference entitled "Working together, learning together - Switching to the learning mode"  contributed to raise awareness on the importance of continuing professional development and on the key role played by social partners in this field, building on the HOSPEEM-EPSU Joint Declaration on Continuing Professional Development and Life-Long Learning for All Health Workers in the EU adopted in November 2016.

Media release, agenda and report

PDF - 304.4 koMedia release of HOSPEEM and EPSU
PDF - 304.4 koAgenda of the conference 

PDF - 304.4 koFinal report (coming soon)

 Presentations

PDF - 304.4 ko Welcome by Tjitte Alkema (NVZ, The Netherlands/Secretary General of HOSPEEM)

PDF - 304.4 ko Introduction by Mr. Bas van den Dungen (Director General VWS, Ministry of Health, The Netherlands)

Video address from Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis (DG SANTE)

PDF - 304.4 koWorking and learning in the service Managing continuing professional development, Prof. Janet Grant (CenMEDIC, UK)

PDF - 304.4 koHeidelberg Expertise for a continuing professional advancement,Herbert Beck (ver.di, Germany) and Anja König (University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany)
PDF - 304.4 koA nurse is a nurse is a nurse? Skills level differentiation in the Netherlands, Prof. Hester Vermeulen (Radboud University Medical Center, The Netherlands) and Dewi Stalpers (NVZ, The Netherlands)

PDF - 304.4 koCPD for support staff: a new career opportunity in nursing, Helga Pile (UNISON, UK) and Sam Donohue (Health Education England, UK)

PDF - 304.4 koIntroducing the contribution of patients and/or social care users in the training process, Dr. Angela Towle (University of British Columbia, Canada) and Alice Casagrande (FEHAP, France)

PDF - 304.4 koDG SANTE study “Mapping CPD and LLL for health professionals in the EU”, Balazs Lengyel (DG SANTE, European Commission)

Session 1: Different angles to effective CPD
Definition of CPD priorities and negotiations of professional branches on CPD activities/programmes in the French hospital sector, CFDT video and intervention of Cyrille Duch (CFDT Santé Services Sociaux, France)
PDF - 304.4 koCompetence development of an ageing workforce in German hospitals, Dr. Sebastian Merkel (IAT, Gelsenkirchen, Germany)
PDF - 304.4 koHow to cooperate between trade unions, employers and education providers in setting up effective CPD in Sweden? Margaretha Johansson (Kommunal, Sweden) and Zenita Cider (CEO of health and care services college, Sweden)

Session 2: Inter-professional cooperation and skills development
PDF - 304.4 koThe BRIDGE model – A competency development programme designed to enhance interprofessional collaboration, shared knowledge and patient and citizen involvement across sectors. Jette Steenberg Holtzman and Winnie Lund (Center for human resources, Capital Region of Denmark)
PDF - 304.4 koHow does CPD support multi-professional team-based care? An example from Finland, Juhapetteri Jääskeläinen (Deputy Nurse Manager, Helsinki University, Central Hospital HUCH, Helsinki Burn Centre, Finland)

Session 3:Funding of CPD
PDF - 304.4 koHow is, or should, CPD be financed? An example from the Netherlands,Niels Oerlemans (NVZ, The Netherlands)
PDF - 304.4 koCompetentia – Roles and activities of a paritarian organisation to promote and support CPD for care workers, François-Xavier Lefebvre (Competentia, Belgium)

Session 4:Innovative work-place learning
PDF - 304.4 koCrew Resource Management: a Dutch example of building health care teams focusing on effective communication and leadership, Erica Overeem (Gelre Hospital, The Netherlands)
PDF - 304.4 koGood practice: Short video instructions at the moment of need, Jaco van der Worp (Groene Hart Hospital, Gouda, The Netherlands)
PDF - 304.4 koLearn to escape!, Cuun de Jong and Priscilla Verwoert (Spaarne guesthouse, The Netherlands)

PDF - 304.4 koThe 'Roadmap': A Dutch example of organising support for Continuous Professional Development that fits within the ambitions of the organisation and its employees,Harm Landman and Hannah Wahab (Noordwest Ziekenhuisgroep/North West Hospital Group, Alkmaar, The Netherlands)

Closing panel/Wrap up session moderated by Nico Knibbe

Interviews with Dutch nurses by NVZ

Interview Linda Koolen
Interview Charlotte Schoenmaker
Interview Joost Sijtsma
Interview Maaike Stout

Abstracts,biographies and graphic recording

PDF - 304.4 koAbstracts of presentations
PDF - 304.4 koBiographies of presenters
PDF - 304.4 koGraphic recording
Photo gallery

 

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This project is supported with funds from the European Commission and is a contribution to the EU-OSHA Healthy Workplaces for All Ages Campaign

HOSPEEM Activity report 2016 is published

This activity report presents basic information on the history of HOSPEEM, on the membership structure as well as on the main activities carried out during the year.

2016 has been a very successful year with a number of achievements: the closure of the joint HOSPEEM-EPSU project on Occupational Health and Safety (OSH), the publication of the first HOSPEEM corporate brochure, the adoption of the HOSPEEM-EPSU Joint Declaration on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Life-Long-Learning (LLL) for all health workers in the EU, the high-level meeting with EU Commissioner for Health Vytenis Andriukaitis, the preparation of a new joint HOSPEEM-EPSU project on effective recruitment and retention policies, and also a HOSPEEM-EPSU new work programme 2017-2019 for the European social dialogue.

PDF - 304.4 koDownload the report

HOSPEEM-EPSU Project 2017-2018 on effective recruitment and retention policies

               

In 2017-2018 HOSPEEM and EPSU have been provided with financial support from the European Commission for a joint project in the field of recruitment and retention entitled: Promoting effective recruitment and retention policies for health workers in the EU by ensuring access to CPD and healthy and safe workplaces supportive of patient safety and quality care” 

Objectives 

The project will provide an appropriate framework to continue to focus on continuing professional development (CPD) as a first joint policy priority for HOSPEEM and EPSU. The work will serve to collect, discuss and evaluate social partner-based initiatives and policy measures on a range of aspects linked to the aim of facilitating access to CPD and guaranteeing quality services supportive of patient safety and provided by a workforce fit for practice. It will build on the HOSPEEM-EPSU Joint Declaration on Continuing Professional Development and Life-Long Learning for All Health Workers in the EU.

The project will secondly be geared towards the follow-up to results and recommendations of the HOSPEEM-EPSU joint project (2014-2016) in the field of occupational safety and health (OSH). The prevention, management and reduction of “musculoskeletal disorders” (MSD) and “psychosocial risks and stress at work” (PSRS@W) have been identified by HOSPEEM and EPSU members as two key priorities for their future joint work. In June 2016 they agreed on a “Summary Document” – available in EN, FR, DE, ES, RU and SV, setting out a number of follow-up activities to support policy implementation EPSU and HOSPEEM have agreed to consider in a next step

PDF - 304.4 ko Download project detailed description

 Timeline:

  • 1 & 22 February 2017, Brussels: Meeting of HOSPEEM and EPSU Secretariats
  • 28 February 2017, Brussels: Kick-off meeting of the Steering Groups 1(CPD) & 2(OSH)
  • 19-20 June 2017, Amsterdam: Social partners’ conference on Continuing Professional Development, Amsterdam
  • 10 October 2017, Brussels: Meeting of Steering Group 1 (CPD)
  • 11 October 2017, Brussels: Meeting of Steering Group 2 (OSH)
  • 23-24 May, Vilnius: Social partners’ conference on OSH, Vilnius
  • TBC September 2018, Brussels: Meeting of the Steering Group 2 (OSH)
  • TBC December 2018, Brussels: Meeting of the Steering Group 1 (CPD) & 2 (OSH)

Expected results

The project will produce a report from each conference and a brief document summarising the main insight, conclusions and recommendations of the project. The information collected, the project results and recommendations will be fed back into the regular work of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the hospital/health care sector (SSDC HS) to be further discussed and assessed, in particular in view of their use to influence EU-level policy making. 

Implementation

Conference on Continuing Professional Development, 19-20 June 2017

This first conference will take place on 19-20 June in Amsterdam (co-organised by NVZ and Dutch partners, supported by HOSPEEM).

Conference on Occupational Health and Safety (Musculoskeletal Disorders and Psychosocial Risks and Stress at work), Spring 2018

The second conference will take place in Vilnius in Spring 2018 (co-organised by LSDASP and supported by EPSU).

 

 
This project has received funding from the European Commission

Call for tender to subcontract external expertise

Open call for tender for Research on Promoting effective recruitment and retention policies for all health workers in the EU by ensuring access to continuing professional development (CPD) and healthy and safe workplaces supportive of patient safety and quality care.

Leading partner: EPSU
Co-beneficiary: HOSPEEM
Date of publication on the HOSPEEM website: 20 January 2017
Deadline to respond: 18 February 2017

Download the Call for Tender

TENDER SPECIFICATIONS FOR SUBCONTRACTING EXTERNAL EXPERTISE

Purpose of the contract

Support is being sought from an external expert to help facilitating the implementation of the project run by the EU-level social partners in the hospital/health care sector EPSU and HOSPEEM. The contractor will provide support in the preparation, running and follow-up to the two conferences that will be organised in the context of the project. He/She will also contribute to identifying relevant literature on the two subjects addressed under the project and at the two conferences, to gathering possible speakers/experts that can provide input during the two conferences and to gathering good practice examples from EPSU affiliates and HOSPEEM members.

Tasks to be performed by the contractor

  • Identifying and providing EPSU and HOSPEEM with relevant literature on the two subjects addressed under the project related to the two conferences
  • Supporting EPSU and HOSPEEM in identifying the speakers/experts, in drafting the agendas of the two conferences to be organised and in facilitating the events content-wise.
  • Attending both conferences and preparing a report from both events. The contractor will have to submit the two reports to the respective Steering Group for amendments and final approval
  • Supporting EPSU and HOSPEEM with the gathering of good practice examples from EPSU affiliates and HOSPEEM members and research or publications from other projects
  • Following the second conference, the contractor will be asked to participate in a follow-up meeting gathering both Steering Groups to assess the results of the project
  • Drafting of a short overall report/take-home messages from the project

Time scheduling

The two-year project is scheduled to begin in January 2017 and end in December 2018.

The expert will be selected by the EPSU and HOSPEEM Secretariats on the basis of the tender prior to the joint kick-off meeting of the two Steering Groups.

She/he is expected to participate in the following meetings foreseen under the project.

a) Steering Groups

  • Meeting Day 1 (28 February 2017): Joint kick-off meeting of the two Steering Groups [morning] and first meeting of the Steering Group on CPD to prepare event 1 on continuing professional development (CPD) [afternoon]
  • Meeting Days 2 and 3 (October 2017): Second meeting of the Steering Group on CPD to assess event 1 on CPD and to discuss possible follow-up activities [first day/half day] and first meeting of the Steering Group on occupational health and safety at the workplace (OSH) to prepare event 2 on OSH on the topics musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) & and psycho-social risks and stress at work (PSRS@W) [second day/half day]
  • Meeting Day 4 (June 2018): Second meeting of the OSH Steering Group to assess event 2 on OSH and to discuss possible follow-up activities
  • Meeting Day 5 (December 2018): Final joint meeting of the two Steering Groups

b) Conferences

The expert is also expected to attend the two conferences to be held in the framework of the project, the first on CPD (currently the dates foreseen are 19 and 20 June 2017 in either Amsterdam or Utrecht, Netherlands) and the second on OSH (MSD and PSRS@W) foreseen for March 2018 (the exact date has not yet been scheduled) in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The expert is expected to deliver a first draft of the reports from the two conferences at the latest three months after they will have taken place respectively.

Payments and standard contracts

The contract will be drawn up between EPSU and the contractor. Payments will be made in three instalments dependent on the contractor carrying out the relevant stages of the work as listed above. The first payment of EUR 3.000 (20%) will be paid upon signing the contract. The second payment of 40% will be paid on presentation of the report from the first conference (to be held in June 2017) and a final payment of 40% on completion and presentation of the two reports, taking on board suggestions for revisions or additions by the members of Steering Groups 1 on CPD and 2 on OSH and/or the EPSU and HOSPEEM Secretariats, to be received on Meeting Day 4.

The travel and accommodation expenses for the contractor to attend the project conferences or meet with the EPSU and HOSPEEM Secretariats will be covered by the overall travel and accommodation budget of the project.

Price

The maximum funding for this work is EUR 15.000 (all taxes and charges included).

Selection criteria

The offers received to the call for tender will be examined by the EPSU and HOSPEEM Secretariats – which can decide to also consult with representatives of EPSU affiliates and HOSPEEM members, where appropriate – on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Proven knowledge / Evidenced track record of research (supported by publications, academic articles etc.) on continuing professional development (CPD) in the field of health care and on occupational health and safety at the workplace (OSH), specifically on musculoskeletal disorders and psycho-social risks and stress at work
  • Experience of working with social partners
  • Particular expertise for the hospital/health care sector
  • Knowledge of the functioning of European Social Dialogue and of its outcomes
  • Proven ability to facilitate meetings in English and to draft documents in English
  • Respect of the budgetary constraints
  • Previous work in collaboration with European social partners will be considered as an asset

Award criteria

The contract will be awarded to the tender offering the best value for money, taking into account the specific selection criteria set out above. The principles of transparency and equal treatment with a view to avoiding any conflicts of interest will be respected.

Content and presentation of the bids

The bid has to contain information related to the services to be provided as specified above under the headings “Tasks to be performed by the contractor” and “Selection criteria”.

Bids must be received within 30 days after the date of publication of this call for tenders on the websites of EPSU and HOSPEEEM and additional channels of publication or circulation as to be decided by the EPSU and HOSPEEM Secretariats.

The EPSU and HOSPEEM Secretariats will assess the tenders considered eligible and will make the final selection according to the above mentioned selection and award criteria and the list of tasks the contractor is expected to perform.

Bids submitted in English must include:

  • All information and documents necessary to enable the EPSU and HOSPEEM Secretariats to appraise the bid on the basis of the selection and award criteria set out above;
  • A detailed CV of the expert(s) involved in the project activities;
  • Explanation of the proposed methodology for conducting the work.

Deadline for submission of the bids

The bids should be submitted to EPSU, Mathias Maucher, mmaucher@epsu.org, within the 30-day deadline starting from the date the tender first appears on the EPSU and HOSPEEM websites.

10th anniversary of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital Sector

HOSPEEM and EPSU celebrated the 10th anniversary of their Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital and Healthcare Sector on the occasion of their plenary meeting organised in Brussels on 2 December 2016.

The Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital and Healthcare Sector was set up in September 2006 at the joint request of the hospital sector social partners. The inaugural meeting of the Committee was held on 20 September 2006.

HOSPEEM and EPSU were honoured and delighted to host Mr. Xavier Prats Monné, Director General of DG SANTE, and Mr. Michel Servoz, Director General of DG EMPL, on the occasion of this celebration that was attended by more than 70 participants.

HOSPEEM and EPSU have established fruitful cooperation and close working relations with DG EMPL and DG SANTE over the years and appreciate their presence as an expression of interest and support for their work and activities.

This celebration provided the opportunity to stress the crucial role played by the hospital sector social partners and the importance of the hospital sector social dialogue.

This event also offered an excellent opportunity to highlight the major achievements of HOSPEEM and EPSU over the last decade as well as to exchange on future challenges and priorities.

Xavier Prats Monné underlined in his speech the positive changes taking place in the health sector, made possible thanks to the quality, skills and dedication of health professionals. Looking at the challenges for the next decade, he stated that none of them would be addressed without looking at the workforce and without a strengthened effort on recruitment and retention.

Michel Servoz stressed the good functioning and efficiency of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital and Healthcare Sector. He also emphasized the crucial dimension of this sector for the quality of life and focused on three major challenges faced by this sector, i.e. skills, job creation and innovation, on which social partners have a major role to play.

The Secretary Generals of EPSU and HOSPEEM also respectively delivered a speech to celebrate 10 years of successful European social dialogue in the hospital sector.

Jan-Willem Goudriaan, EPSU General Secretary, underlined the importance of the principle of autonomy of social partners and put the emphasis on the need to further build up and strengthen the capacities of national employers’ and trade union organisations.

In his speech, Tjitte Alkema, HOSPEEM Secretary General, paid tribute to the commitment and active involvement of HOSPEEM and EPSU members in the hospital social dialogue, saying that it had been, and would always be, fundamental in achieving great results.

HOSPEEM-EPSU joint declaration on CPD and LLL for all Health Workers in the EU

The EU hospital social partners HOSPEEM and EPSU adopted a HOSPEEM-EPSU joint declaration on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Life-Long-Learning (LLL) for all health workers in the EU in November 2016, after several months of work and negotiations.

It is addressed to all workers in the hospital and healthcare sector in an equal manner, irrespective of age, profession and employment contract.

The agreement emphasizes the major role social partners have to play in the field of CPD and LLL, in partnership with competent authorities and other relevant stakeholders, and on the respective responsibilities of employers and workers. In the joint declaration, HOSPEEM and EPSU stress that CPD and LLL initiatives should be considered as a long-term investment in current and future qualifications and competences of the health workforce and not as a cost factor.

The joint declaration aims at providing inspiration, guidance and support to social partners in their actions in the field of CPD and LLL in the different Member States and at encouraging investments in this field. It is structured along a statement of key principles that should guide activities undertaken in the field of CPD and LLL. The principles are general and can be used at all levels by all stakeholders.

The HOSPEEM-EPSU joint declaration will be enriched in 2017 with a separate document gathering existing good practice examples. This document will be elaborated in the context of the joint HOSPEEM-EPSU EU-funded project (VS/2017/0017) “Promoting effective recruitment and retention policies for health workers in the EU by ensuring access to CPD and healthy and safe workplaces supportive of patient safety and quality care”.

HOSPEEM and EPSU were invited to present their joint declaration on the occasion of the DG SANTE Expert Group “European Health Workforce” on 22 November 2016.

The joint declaration is now available in English, French, German, Spanish and Swedish.

PDF - 304.4 ko HOSPEEM-EPSU joint declaration on CPD and LLL in ENFRDESVES

EU-OSHA Campaign – Healthy Workplaces for All Ages

EU-OSHA Campaign – Healthy Workplaces for All Ages

HOSPEEM has become an official campaign partner of the EU-OSHA 2016-2017 campaign, Healthy Workplaces for All Ages. This Europe-wide campaign raises awareness of the importance of good occupational safety and health management throughout the working life and of tailoring work to individual abilities — whether at the start of a worker’s career or at its close. The Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2016-2017 aims to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing and the importance of prevention throughout the whole, to provide employers and workers with information and tools for managing OSH in the context of an ageing workforce; and to facilitate the exchange of information and good practice.

“Sustainable participation of all health professionals is the most direct contribution to dealing with potential workforce related issues. HOSPEEM therefore warmly supports the 2016-2017 EU-OSHA Campaign promoting Healthy workplaces for all ages, thereby identifying the need for continuing focus and priority on sustainable participation over the entire professional career, from internship until retirement. Together with its counterpart EPSU (the European Federation of Public Service Unions), HOSPEEM will continue to promote the creation and maintenance of the safest possible workplaces and to promote active participation in continuing professional development (CPD) and life-long learning (LLL) for all health professionals irrespective of age, profession or employment contract. A joint declaration on this topic that HOSPEEM and EPSU intend to agree on before the summer of 2016 will give a strong impulse to the promotion of CPD and LLL both at European and national level. I am convinced that these initiatives will lead to a more sustainable participation of health professionals of all ages” says Tjitte Alkema, Secretary General of the European Hospital and Healthcare Employers’ Association (HOSPEEM).

HOSPEEM will give visibility to the EU-OSHA campaign mainly through its website and its newsletter as well as by disseminating information on the campaign and raise awareness of the issue among its member organisations. HOSPEEM will support and contribute to the EU-OSHA campaign together with EPSU in the context of relevant activities of their Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee and in the framework of their upcoming joint project focusing on retention of health workforce and foreseeing a seminar dedicated to the campaign topic.

There are lots of ways to get involved in the Healthy Workplaces for all Ages campaign. Find out more information on the Healthy Workplaces for All Ages Campaign website. Publications, campaign materials and practical tools and guidance are available here.