On 09 to 10 May 2019, the Danish Regions’ Wage and Practitioners Committee visited HOSPEEM in Brussels. The Committee is constituted by regional politicians and advises the Danish Regions’ board of directors on matters related to collective agreements and development with regard to hospital staff as well as the general practitioners, practicing specialist, physiotherapists etc. The Committee has a big focus on recruitment, wages, work environment, pensions, the development of staff skills and medical coverage.
On 9 May 2019, HOSPEEM visited its French member’s organisation, the Federation of private not for profit healthcare institutions and care services – FEHAP.
HOSPEEM had a meeting with Mr. François Grimonprez, FEHAP Director for Networks and Institutional Services. The meeting provided with the opportunity to exchange information on FEHAP and HOSPEEM current priorities and challenges and discuss EU main topics and initiatives in the healthcare and hospital sector. It also allowed to get an insight into the system of collective bargaining in France and into the role of the independent employers in the healthcare sector.
HOSPEEM also had the chance to visit the Institut Mutualiste Montsouris, FEHAP member and to meet with the Director of Communication, Ms. Laurence Bourgine, who provided with an insight view of the hospital’s surgical expertise and its innovative approach to patients’ treatment and well-being.
HOSPEEM would like to thank François Grimonprez, Laetitia Tibourtine, as well as the Institut Mutualiste Montsouris for the warm welcome and the fruitful exchange.
HOSPEEM visited its Lithuanian member organisation Lithuanian National Association of Healthcare Organizations (NAHCO) on 25 May 2018 in Vilnius. HOSPEEM had the opportunity to visit the Lithuanian Parliament and one hospital, a member of NAHCO, the Republican Vilnius University Hospital in Vilnius. The non-profit hospital is the biggest emergency health care hospital in Lithuania and the second largest hospital in capital Vilnius. At the Parliament, a meeting was arranged with Ms Irena Šiaulienė, Deputy Speaker of the Board of the Seimas [the Lithuanian Parliament] and Member of the Lithuanian Parliament. The meeting was also attended by Antanas Vinkus, Member of the Lithuanian Parliament, former Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania and former Ambassador of Lithuania to Russia, Estonia and Latvia as well as Prof. Dr. Vinsas Janušonis, President of Lithuanian National Association of Healthcare Organizations and Dr. Vidmantas Žegunis. The visit at the Parliament provided the opportunity to discuss among others the migration and fair recruitment of health professionals and the 100-year anniversary of Lithuania.
At the hospital, the HOSPEEM Secretariat met among others Dr. Algimantas Pamerneckas, Director General, his advisor Rimvydas Toločka, Head of Emergency Medicine Department, Asta Jonaitienė and Dr. Vidmantas Žegunis. While visiting the hospital’s emergency and triage unit, the hospitals’ management and human resources, their functioning and activities were discussed. The meeting also provided the opportunity to exchange good practices from Lithuania and other HOSPEEM members. HOSPEEM would like to express its sincere thanks to Sigitas Griskonis, Lithuanian National Association of Healthcare Organizations, the representatives of the Lithuanian Parliament and the staff of the hospitals for the warm welcome and the enriching and fruitful exchange.
On 11 January 2018 a group of Dutch healthcare managers of organisations representing employers in the health- elderly/homecare-, mental and handicapped-care visited HOSPEEM to discuss overarching topics relevant in the Dutch context and recent initiatives by the EU commission.
At this occasion, Simone Mohrs (HOSPEEM Policy Officer) presented the recently launched second
phase consultation on Social Protection of EU workers. The participants, representing the interest
of organisations with 1,2 million employees in the Dutch Hospital and Healthcare sector assessed
that discussing topics of national interest in the international/European setting had an inspiring
and thereby deepening effect on the perspective and the content for their dialogue.
HOSPEEM visited its Bulgarian member organisation NUPH – National Union of Private Hospitals on September 27, 2017 in Sofia. HOSPEEM had the opportunity to visit two hospitals, members of NUPH, the Academy City Clinic Tokuda, the biggest private hospital in Sofia and Polimed, a small hospital located in the capital. Meetings were arranged with Ms. Boryana Marinkova, PR and marketing officer of Tokuda and with Tsvetan Dimanov, Executive Manager of Polimed.
The visit provided the opportunity to discuss about hospitals’ management and human resources, their functioning and activities and to get an insight into the system of bargaining in Bulgaria. The meeting also provided the opportunity to exchange about the impact of budgetary shortages for the private hospitals and the ongoing problem of fair recruitment and self-sufficiency in their training of health professionals. HOSPEEM would like to express its sincere thanks to Krasimir Grudev, NUPH Board of Directors, the representatives and the staff of the hospitals for the warm welcome and the enriching and fruitful exchange.
HOSPEEM visited its Danish member organisation Danish Regions on 22 March 2017 in Copenhagen.
A meeting at Danish Regions provided the opportunity to discuss about their activities and current priorities and to exchange on the Danish healthcare system and on the most prominent challenges in the hospital and healthcare sector in Denmark.
We in particular exchanged about the Danish value-based healthcare initiative and digitalization in general being implemented in Danish hospitals.
During this study visit, HOSPEEM also had the opportunity to exchange about assessment of skill needs and cross-sectoral competence development. Working hour arrangements and how they affect workers’ health were also discussed.
HOSPEEM would like to express its sincere thanks to Malene Vestergaard Sørensen, Eva Weinreich-Jensen and Morten Slabiak for the warm welcome and the enriching and fruitful exchange. We would also like to thank warmly Signe Friberg Nielsen, Pernille Moll, Jette Steenberg Holtzmann and Anne Helene Garde for their very enlightening contributions.
A meeting at ARAN provided the opportunity to discuss about their functioning and activities and to get an insight into the system of public bargaining in Italy. This meeting also provided the opportunity to exchange about the impact of the economic crisis on the public administration and the most prominent challenges in Italy, such as the reform of the public administration, the reduction in public spending and the improvement of the efficiency of the public administration.
The afternoon was dedicated to a visit to the Agostino Gemelli Teaching Hospital, one of the largest teaching hospitals in Italy, with more than 1,500 beds and over 5,000 health professionals (of which 1,700 nurses), connected to the medical school of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart. On this occasion, HOSPEEM had the opportunity to visit the neonatal intensive care unit and the new clinical laboratory, using an automated system working 24 hours a day and receiving the tubes from all the departments of the hospital. It was also very interesting to hear about the model developed by the Gemelli Hospital to ensure continuity of care for fragile patients.
HOSPEEM would like to express its sincere thanks to Sergio Gasparrini, Marta Branca, Elvira Gentile, Gianfranco Rucco and Pierluigi Mastrogiuseppe, as well as to Maurizio Zega and the staff of the Agostino Gemelli Teaching Hospital for the warm welcome and the enriching and fruitful exchange.
Following the social partners’ conference on approaches to the issue of psychosocial risks and stress at work organised in Helsinki on 10 November 2015, HOSPEEM visited its Finnish member’s organisation, the Commission for Local Authority Employers – CLAE (or Local Government Employers – KT Kuntatyönantajat), on 11 November.
A first meeting at CLAE provided the opportunity to discuss about their functioning and the activities they carry out and to exchange on their current priorities and the most prominent challenges in Finland, especially with regard to the healthcare system and occupational safety and health issues.
The afternoon was dedicated to a visit to the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS), a non-profit joint authority owned by 24 municipalities and employing over 22,000 professionals. HOSPEEM had the opportunity to meet with the Human Resources Director of the Hospital District. It was very interesting to hear about the way HUS deals with occupational safety and health issues, in particular with work-related psycho-social risks and stress, and about human resources development and patient safety issues. These presentations where followed by a visit to the unit specialised in liver surgery.
HOSPEEM would like to thank Henrika Nybondas-Kangas, Johanna Karlström, Taija Hämäläinen and Eeva Nypelö, as well as the staff of the Helsinki University Hospital, for the warm welcome and the fruitful exchange.
Following the conference organised in Paris on 25 March 2015 on approaches to the issue of musculoskeletal disorders,
HOSPEEM visited its French member’s organisation, the Federation of private not for profit healthcare institutions and care services – FEHAP on 26 March.
A first meeting at FEHAP provided an opportunity to exchange on their current priorities and challenges and discuss some EU topics and initiatives. HOSPEEM also had the chance to meet with Pascale Flamant, the General Delegate of UNICANCER, the French Federation of Comprehensive Cancer Centers.
The afternoon was dedicated to a visit of the hospital Saint Joseph, a private not for profit hospital member of FEHAP, with almost 2200 employees and a reception capacity of more than 600 beds and dealing with 25 medical and surgical specialties.
HOSPEEM had the opportunity to meet with the Director General and the Human Resources Manager of the hospital.
It was particularly interesting to hear about their quality approach and risk management policy and their innovative human resources policy, especially the experience of training of the management team.
HOSPEEM would like to thank Coralie Cuif, Sylvie Amzaleg, Pascale Flamant, Olga Ville and Laetitia Tibourtine, as well as the hospital Saint Joseph, for the warm welcome and the fruitful exchange.
Following the study visit to members’ organizations in the Baltic States, HOSPEEM visited its Irish member, the Irish Health Service – HSE on 17 April 2014.
During a meeting at the Irish Department of Health, the ongoing reform of the Irish health system was discussed. A deep reform of the system which is based on the 4 key interdependent pillars of health and wellbeing, service reform, structural reform and financial reform and that will change many aspects of the health service leading Ireland to a single-tier health service, supported by Universal Health Insurance (UHI) foreseen to be adopted in 2016.
At the HSE Corporate Employee Relations Services, Mr John Delamere, head of the Corporate Employee Relations (CERS) and representative of HSE within HOSPEEM, and the managers of CERS discussed with HOSPEEM their respective priorities. The focus was put in particular on the areas of common interest in the industrial relations and occupational health and safety fields, where CERS and HOSPEEM are closely working together and will further strengthen their cooperation.
The day was concluded by a visit to the Beaumont Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in Ireland with 3,500 employees, 800 beds, with specialisation in neurosurgery, renal medicine and cancer care. HOSPEEM had the opportunity to meet the managing board of the hospital and to appreciate how, even when financial resources are limited innovative management measures and good cooperation with staff can help to maintain high standards of service delivered to patients.
HOSPEEM thanks John Delamere, Norah Mason and HSE CERS, as well as the Beaumont Hospital for the warm welcome and the fruitful exchange.