Social Partner’s Dissemination Workshop on Occupational Safety and Health and Continuing Professional Development

On 3 December 2018 HOSPEEM and EPSU organised in the European Parliament in Brussels the social partners’ dissemination workshop entitled “Taking stock and the way forward”. The workshop gathered approximately 30 participants from health professional organisations as well as actors from the employment sector as well as EU institutions and agencies.

The event was hosted by MEP Jana Žitňanská (ECR, Slovakia), rapporteur of the EP Report on Pathways for the reintegration of workers recovering from injury and illness into quality employment (2017/2277(INI)), adopted on 12 June 2018, co-hosted by MEP Brando Benifei (S&D, Italy) and moderated by Lodewijk Buschkens, EU-Affairs Manager, StAZ (Dutch Social Partner Organisation for Hospitals). In a written message to the workshop MEP Brando Benifei underlined that “the well-being, economic independence, self-determination and motivation of the [workforce] are key factors of ambitious recruitment and retention in the healthcare sector and in the provision of quality services for end-users.” He also underlined that “The healthcare sector needs a supportive legislative framework for the social dialogue between employees and employers in all Member States and transnationally, and recognition of its values to the economy and society”.

The workshop event helped to present and discuss the main outcomes from two joint projects on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Life Long Learning (LLL) and on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) – focusing on musculoskeletal disorders and psychosocial risks and stress at the workplace (PSRS@W) with the EU-level partner organisations of health professionals and health management as well as with the European Parliament, the European Commission and EU-OSHA. Read more on the first project focusing on MSD and PSR and done between 2014 and 2016 on the HOSPEEM or EPSU webpage and on the second project focusing on CPD & LLL and taking again up MSD and PSRS@W, started in late 2017 and ending in early 2019, on the HOSPEEM or EPSU webpage.

To better disseminate the projects’ results at European and national level a media toolkit has been prepared by the HOSPEEM Secretariat containing all relevant links to the dedicated webpages and project deliverables (reports, media releases, videos, graphical recording etc.).

A video message from Marta Branca, HOSPEEM Vice-Secretary General presented an overview of the importance of continuous training and recruitment and retention policies for healthcare workers across Europe.

Nico Knibbe, project consultant, gave an overview on main insights from four conferences organised between 2015and 2018 in the context of the two projects “Assessing health and safety risks in the hospital sector and the role of the social partners in addressing them: the case of musculoskeletal disorders and psycho-social risks and stress at work” (2014-2016) and “Promoting effective recruitment and retention policies for health workers in the EU by ensuring access to Continuing Professional Development and healthy and safe workplaces supportive of patient safety and quality care” (2017-2019). In his presentation he also illustrated some of the take-home messages elaborated at the four conferences in Paris (HOSPEEM – EPSU), Helsinki (HOSPEEM – EPSU), Amsterdam (HOSPEEM – EPSU) and Vilnius (HOSPEEM – EPSU) and contained in the four conference reports.

Participants also listened to two presentations illustrating good practices developed and implemented by national social partners in Denmark and in the Netherlands.

  • Jette Steenberg Holtzmann and Winnie Lund, Capital Region of Denmark, presented the so-called “Bridge Model”, a competence development programme designed to enhance interprofessional collaboration between professionals and institutions of the hospital sector, of primary care and social care. Have a look at their presentation, a video the presenters showed and an information brochure on the bridge model.
  • Anouk ten Arve, Stichting IZZ, presented insights from a research showing that organisational differences in the health care utilisation of health care sector employees are related to differences in the organisational climate and that healthcare organisations with a positive organisational climate score lower on musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and emotional exhaustion. Have a look at their presentation, a video the presenters showed and an information brochure on the IZZ research and project.

Mathias Maucher, EPSU, and Simone Mohrs, HOSPEEM, concluded the dissemination workshop by elaborating on some of the planned next steps by HOSPEEM and EPSU, building on the insights and take home messages from the two projects. For the first project HOSPEEM and EPSU agreed on planned follow-up activities, contained in a document with the take home messages from the conferences in Paris and Helsinki. For the second document this document still has to be finalised until early 2019.

The dissemination workshop offered the opportunity to connect and exchange ideas between sectorial social partners’, experts in the health and employment sector as well as decision-makers.

Relevant documents:
PDF - 304.4 koAgenda Invitation
PDF - 304.4 koPoster
PDF - 304.4 koBiographies


PDF - 304.4 koSetting The Scene, Nico Knibbe, Project Consultant, LOCOmotion
PDF - 304.4 koBRIDGE Model – A competency development programme designed to enhance interprofessional
collaboration, shared knowledge and patient and citizen involvement across sectors, Jette
Steenberg Holtzmann, Head of Office at Centre for HR and Winnie Lund, Development Consultant
and Project Leader at HR & Education, The Capital Region of Denmark
PDF - 304.4 koOrganisational climate, Anouk ten Arve, Programme Manager and Babette Bronkhorst, Project Manager, Stichting IZZ

EPSU also published an article on this topic.

Picture credits: HOSPEEM-EPSU, 2018

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Social Partner’s Conference on Occupational Safety and Health (prevention and reduction of MSD and PSRS@W)

On 23 and 24 May 2018 the second 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 Vilnius (co-organised by LSADPS and supported by EPSU). The aim of this conference on Occupational Safety and Health was to pursue and expand the social PDF - 304.4 kopartners’ thematic focus on  the prevention and reduction of MSD and PSRS@W. 

Agenda, report & relevant documents:

PDF - 304.4 koFinal agenda - in EN and LT (as of 16 May 2018)
PDF - 304.4 koFinal report (as of Dec 2018)
PDF - 304.4 koAbstracts
PDF - 304.4 koBiographies
PDF - 304.4 koMedia Release - in EN and LT (as of 24 may 2018)
PDF - 304.4 koMedia Toolkit
PDF - 304.4 koSave the Date (as of 20 February 2018)


Wednesday, 23 May 2018
Welcome note
PDF - 304.4 koRita Zubkevičiūtė, Chief Labour Inspector - Occupational illnesses caused by ergonomic risk factors in diagnoses of Lithuanian healthcare workers - in EN and LT
Plenary 1: Psychosocial Risks and Stress at Work
PDF - 304.4 koMag. Pharm Slava Zlatanova, Deputy Chairwoman (FTU-HC CITUB) and Krasimir Grudev, Elected Board Member (NUPH) - The impact of psychosocial risks at work on the quality of medical services in Bulgaria (the role of employers and trade unions)
PDF - 304.4 koAlice Casagrande, Head of the life-long training, innovation and voluntary work department (FEHAP) - Prevention of violence on health workers

Thursday, 24 May 2018
PDF - 304.4 koDr. Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health & Food Safety (European Commission) - European Commission Perspectives on Occupational Safety and Health and Health Workforce Challenges
Plenary 2: Organisational Climate
PDF - 304.4 koSebastian Starystach and Christina Streib (University of Heidelberg) - Risk assessment of psychosocial stress for nursing staff according to the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act – an example of a comprehensive and participative approach in the University Clinic Heidelberg
PDF - 304.4 koAnouk ten Arve, Programme Manager and Marc Spoek, Manager (Stichting IZZ) - Approach to Organisational Climate: Talking to each other improves health and safety among health care employees + Video links: About IZZ , IZZ Approach & IZZ Story
PDF - 304.4 koDr. Sabine Gregersen, Head of Health Sciences - Measuring health-promoting leadership within the scope of the risk assessment

Session 1 - PSRS@W
PDF - 304.4 koZoyia Antoniou, Secretary (PASYDY) - Intervention to enhance satisfaction of nurses in the work environment, to prevent burnout and to improve services provided to patients
PDF - 304.4 koGunnar Sundqvist, Investigator (SALAR) and Margaretha Johansson, National Officer (Kommunal) - Suntarbetsliv
PDF - 304.4 koKevin Charles, Chaplain & Staff Support Lead and Tracy Cunningham, Community Paramedic (East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust) - Supporting staff mental health in East Midlands Ambulance Trust

Session 2 - MSD
PDF - 304.4 koLars Andersen, Professor (National Research Institute for working environment – NFA) - Physical work environment among healthcare workers
PDF - 304.4 koAnna Kukka, Work Environment Specialist (TEHY) and Leena Tamminen-Peter, Independent Occupational Health Ergonomic and Economics Expert - SOTERGO and the ergonomic patient handling card

Session 3 - Organisational Climate
PDF - 304.4 koMerja Hyvärinen, Legal Adviser (SuPer) - Vuosaari homecare
PDF - 304.4 koElize Hooftman, Manager FIER/Capacity Manager (Groene Hart Ziekenhuis) and Elles van der Neut, Team Leader FIER (Groene Hart Ziekenhuis) - Innovative flexible rostering; the right person, in the right place at the right time - in EN and NL
PDF - 304.4 koKonan Midy and Fabienne Tartaise, Centre Hospitalier Douarnenez, Bretagne (CFDT SSS) - Presentation of trade union work to prevent PSR in the context of “quality of work programmes” (in a public-sector hospital) - in EN and FR

Plenary 3 – Occupational Safety and Health
PDF - 304.4 koAnna-Mari Jaanu, Programme Manager (Kunteko) - Kunteko 2020 - Programme for improving working life in Finnish local and county government + video link
PDF - 304.4 koRaimonda Eičinaitė-Lingienė, Head (Occupational Health Centre, Institute of Hygiene) - The Workplace of Medical Worker – An Appropriate Platform for Health Innovation and Collaboration - in EN and LT
Closing Panel
PDF - 304.4 koDr. Malgorzata Milczarek, Project Manager (EU-OSHA) - EU-OSHA’s view on preventing psychosocial risks and MSDs at work


Conference in a nutshell
Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, Health and Food Safety + Complete Speech



 Kunteko 2020 (Finland)
IZZ, The collectivity of people in health care : About IZZ , IZZ Approach & IZZ Story (The Netherlands)

The final report will be published in the upcoming months.

Photo Gallery
See the photos here

Sketch drawings
PDF - 304.4 koDownload in pdf


Photos & drawings credits: Suus /HOSPEEM-EPSU, 2018

EPSU has also published an event page for the conference.

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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


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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Kick-off of the Joint Action on European Health Workforce Planning and Forecasting

After two years of preparation the Joint Action was officially launched. The inauguration meeting gathered together seven Work Packages’ teams, including collaborative partners, representatives of the European Commission and other stakeholders. The main aims of the project are to improve data collection on mobility at EU level; support the healthcare workforce planning and forecasting; estimate future needs in terms of skills and competences; establish a European network for planning and forecasting. HOSPEEM participated in the meeting as a collaborative partner  in the Work Package 4 on Data for Healthcare Workforce Planning and the Work Package 6 on Horizon Scanning.

Tjitte Alkema speaks at the WHO meeting on mobility and recruitment of healthcare workers

2–3 May 2013, Amsterdam

World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, in cooperation with the Western Pacific Region and the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, organised a meeting on policy dialogue on International health worker mobility and recruitment challenges.

The meeting took place at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam on 2-3 May, 2013. It aimed at analysing the challenges in implementing the WHO Code of Practice on International Recruitment of Health Personnel and identifying policy options, areas of technical cooperation to these challenges.

Among the participants invited for the second day session was Tjitte Alkema, Secretary General of HOSPEEM, who gave a presentation in the panel on “International recruitment and integration of migrant health workers”. It concerned HOSPEEM’s experience in implementation of the EPSU-HOSPEEM Code of Conduct on Cross-border Recruitment and Retention and the context of the Netherlands. The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss future WHO–HOSPEEM cooperation on the recruitment and retention issues.

The technical report of the WHO policy dialogue on international health workforce mobility and recruitment challenges is now avaible online.

Healthcare employers & employees share their experience on implementation of the Sharps directive

The European Hospital and Healthcare Employers’ Association (HOSPEEM) and the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) organised the first regional seminar to promote and support the implementation of Directive 2010/32/EU on the prevention of sharps injuries in the hospital and health care sector. This project is funded by the European Commission.

The seminar took place on 31 January in Dublin and was hosted by the Health Service Executive (HSE) representing the Irish health employers and IMPACT, the Irish Trade Union. The seminar was attended by 90 representatives of employers, employees, national authorities and other stakeholders from 10 countries.

During the seminar a presentation by ICF GHK was made to outline the first result of the survey on the progress so far in the implementation of the directive.

There were also presentations about the transposition of the directive in Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom from practitioners and academia representatives. The speakers underlined the importance of continued work on the issue, investment in protective safety equipment, better training and reporting, and the role social partners should play at local, national and European level to prevent sharps injuries.

The presentations were followed by working groups who discussed how best to implement the directive. The groups comprised of employers and employees’ representatives from Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The findings gathered at the seminar will be published in the event report in mid-February on the webpage devoted to the project.

Further seminars in the framework of the project will take place on 7 March in Rome and on 16 April in Vienna. The final conference will be held on 20 June in Barcelona.
For further information, please contact:

Elisa Benedetti +32 2 229 21 58
Ewelina Pysklo +32 2 229 21 57

Mathias Maucher +32 2 250 10 93

HOSPEEM is the European Hospital and Healthcare Employers Association. It regroups at European level national , regional and local employers’ associations operating in the hospital and health care sector and delivering services of general interest, in order to co-ordinate their views and actions with regard to a sector and a market in constant evolution. HOSPEEM is an individual member of CEEP.

EPSU is the European Federation of Public Service Unions and the second largest federation of the ETUC, with 8 million public service workers from over 200 trade unions in 45 countries. They organise workers in the energy, water and waste sectors, health and social services and local and national administration. In health and social services EPSU members affiliate about 3.5 million workers.

This project is supported with funds from the European Commission