The document provides a first insight into challenges and lessons learnt by hospital and healthcare employers, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. First commonalities between HOSPEEM Members are presented, followed by detailed information on the respective countries. The information collected ranged from May 2020 – 16 December 2020. Links to resources and references can be found in the footnotes.
The challenges and lessons learnt are clustered around four areas:
- Organisational challenges in terms of health workforce and shortages;
- Organisational challenges related to Personal Protective Equipment;
- The organisation of training for health workforce usually not working in the ICU setting;
- Risk assessment for the health workforce to assess their health status and “being fit for work”.
From evidence to practice – Exchange between social partners and the way forward
The Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital and Healthcare Sector put its work and commitment on occupational safety and health (OSH) and in particular musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) in the top and centre of its Work Programme 2020-2022. Firstly, by updating its Framework of Actions on Recruitment and Retention with findings and practices from national social partners in the field of OSH, secondly by becoming EU-OSHA Healthy Workplace Campaign partners focusing on MSD; and thirdly by continuing to exchange on the relevance of the current regulatory framework on MSD at European level. Besides, HOSPEEM and EPSU have facilitated the development of the EU-OSHA discussion paper on MSD in the healthcare sector, which outlines the latest findings on MSD in the sector.
The webinar, organised jointly by HOSPEEM and EPSU, aims to exchange practices and discuss ideas with national sectoral social partners from the health sector across Europe to prevent MSD at the workplace. It will also look into the future, by enabling participants to provide input to the EU level social partners on the envisioned update on the Framework of Actions on Recruitment and Retention. Registration opens on 26 January 2021.
25 February 2021, 11:00 – 12:45 CET
Download the draft agenda (.pdf)
Following the publication of the Expert Panel’s opinion on Effective Ways of Investing in Health on the organisation of resilient health and social care following the COVID-19 pandemic, HOSPEEM drafted a summary focusing on the health workforce.
About the opinion
The opinion identifies the building blocks of resilient health and social care, explores the elements and conditions for capacity building to strengthen health system resilience, addresses healthcare needs of vulnerable patients at times of crisis, and defines a blueprint for health systems’ resilience testing.
Download the HOSPEEM summary
Download the European Commission Expert Panel’s opinion
Download the European Commission fact sheet