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Conference in a nutshell video “A sound mind in a sound body – taking care of those who take care of us”

All the videos of the EPSU-HOSPEEM Conference “A sound mind in a sound body – taking care of those who take care of us” are available on the conference webpage.

On 23 and 24 May 2018 this second conference of the HOSPEEMEPSU 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 partners’ thematic focus on  the prevention and reduction of MSD and PSRS@W. 

Video interview Tjitte Alkema, NVZ/HOSPEEM, 23 & 24 May 2018, Vilnius

All the videos of the EPSU-HOSPEEM Conference “A sound mind in a sound body – taking care of those who take care of us” are available on the conference webpage.

On 23 and 24 May 2018 this second conference of the HOSPEEMEPSU 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 partners’ thematic focus on  the prevention and reduction of MSD and PSRS@W. 

Video teaser “A sound mind in a sound body – taking care of those who take care of us”

All the videos and the video teaser of the EPSU-HOSPEEM Conference “A sound mind in a sound body – taking care of those who take care of us” that took place on 23 & 24 May 2018 in Vilnius have been released!

On 23 and 24 May 2018 the second conference of the HOSPEEMEPSUproject “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 partners’ thematic focus on  the prevention and reduction of MSD and PSRS@W. 

Check all the videos on the Vilnius conference webpage on the HOSPEEM website or on the EPSU website.

 

 

Study visit to Lithuania in May 2018

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.

HOSPEEM-EPSU project – Media release: Social Partners’ Conference on OSH

MEDIA RELEASE

A joint conference organised by EPSU and HOSPEEM took place in Vilnius on the 23rd and 24th of May with the support of the Lithuanian EPSU affiliate Lietuvos sveikatos apsaugos darbuotojų profesinė sąjunga (LSADPS).

The aim of the conference was to pursue and expand the social partners’ thematic focus on the prevention and reduction of the two occupational health and safety hazards most widespread in the hospital/healthcare sector: musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and psychosocial risks and stress at work (PSRS@W).

It brought together more than 100 participants from 17 EU Member States and from 2 non-EU countries, including 30 participants from Lithuania.

The conference was held in the framework of the joint project (2017-2018) which aims at first supporting the sectoral social partners in the hospital/healthcare sector and their national member organisations to achieve improved and attractive recruitment and effective retention conditions and second at facilitating the identification of good practice examples, the exchange of knowledge and mutual learning processes.

HOSPEEM and EPSU were honoured by the presence of Dr. Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, DG SANTE who referred to  their relevant initiatives on patient safety and the health workforce, calling for a continued cooperation and exchange with EPSU and HOSPEEM.

EPSU and HOSPEEM have expressed their intention to pursue the thematic work on the two conference topics in the coming years. The information collected, the project results and good practice will disseminated.

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Vilnius, Lithuania – 24th May 2018

This project is supported with funds from the European Commission

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 partners’ thematic focus on  the prevention and reduction of MSD and PSRS@W. 

Agenda, abstracts, biographies & media release

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

Presentations

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
Speech
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

Videos

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

EPSU

HOSPEEM

 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
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Gallery

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

EPSU has also published an event page for the conference.

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This project is supported with funds from the European Commission

10-year anniversary of the EPSU-HOSPEEM Code of Conduct on Ethical Cross-Border Recruitment and Retention

MEDIA RELEASE

In their first Working Group meeting of the European Social Dialogue in the Hospital Sector, on 04 April 2018 HOSPEEM and EPSU looked back to the signing of the EPSU-HOSPEEM Code of Conduct on Ethical Cross-Border Recruitment and Retention on 8 April 2008 and renewed their commitment to promote, guarantee and defend decent recruitment and working conditions for migrant workers, from the EU and from outside the EU, in hospitals and healthcare facilities across Europe. 

HOSPEEM and EPSU issued a Joint Media Release on the 10 years anniversary of the Code of Conduct. It represents an important instrument to support the free movement of workers across the European Union while preventing unethical competition between the Member States and employers in terms of cross-country recruitment process, fair and transparent contracting and the induction of migrant workers at the new workplace. This also holds for their equal and non-discriminatory treatment regarding labour law, social protection provisions and the access to training and career progression and the freedom of association.  

The EPSU-HOSPEEM Code of Conduct on Ethical Cross-Border Recruitment and Retention was inspired by social partner-based or/and public policy tools already in use in different European Union Member States. At international level, the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 21 May 2010 adopted and set into practice the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. The Global Code, non-binding in nature, addresses a number of similar issues already covered with in the EPSU-HOSPEEM Code of Conduct. 

In the meeting on 4 April 2018, HOSPEEM and EPSU members reiterated their commitment to the 12 key principles of their 2008 Code of Conduct and to the promotion of ethical recruitment and retention practices at European, national, regional and local level in the upcoming years, both in their own work and in the broader context of the European Pillar of Social Rights. 

Tjitte Alkema, Secretary General of HOSPEEM reflected on the impact of the Code of Conduct: “10 years ago, our Code of Conduct was an inspiration for the work of the World Health Organisation. Nowadays, given the migration flows to and within the European Member States, it is still very relevant. 

EPSU General Secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan welcomed the constructive dialogue there has been with the European employers since the Code of Conduct. “We sought to ensure decent working conditions for all, to prevent the exploitation of migrant workers and to make sure public health systems are not undermined by unfair recruitment practices. Our Code was and is a significant contribution to achieve sustainable quality care for all.”  

At the meeting on 4 April 2018, several HOSPEEM members and EPSU affiliates commented on the use and positive effects of the EPSU-HOSPEEM Code of Conduct on Ethical Cross-Border Recruitment and Retention. They also referred to different models of how the 12 principles of the Code of Conduct have been incorporated in their national contexts, either into legislation, by means of collective agreements and/or by using enterprise-based agreements. 

Kate Ling, NHS Confederation, United Kingdom, gave an overview on the use by the employers in the NHS and about the effects of the Code of Conduct in the United Kingdom, showcasing some good practice examples: “NHS organisations should only use recruitment agencies that comply with the Code, which includes guarantees to give overseas recruits good induction, training and employment protection. A key tenet of the UK Code is that recruitment of staff from abroad should not damage healthcare systems in developing countries.  Active recruitment from developing countries shouldn’t take place unless there is a government-to-government agreement. For example, the UK and India have a scheme called Earn Learn and Return where staff from India can come to the UK to fill shortages in specialist areas, and in return they get the opportunity to gain specialist expertise and develop skills that they can then take back with them after they leave the UK to improve healthcare in India. So, both countries benefit.” 

Tjitte Alkema wrapped up the Working Group meeting, reflecting on the freedom of movement of persons in the European Union and the respective aim of the Code of Conduct: “We are in the European Union: one of the fundamental rights is the freedom of movement of people within the European Union. Our Code of Conduct is trying to establish a fair system of mobility in which people are not exploited and countries are not suffering from the mobility of workers. The Code of Conduct is however only as strong as the partners that support it. It only works if we also identify incorrect application, put them on the table and make them transparent. The WHO Code and the Code of Conduct of the Social Partners are complementary in the European setting.”

PDF - 304.4 koMedia release

HOSPEEM has also published an article on the event and the 10-year anniversary celebration.

Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital and Healthcare Sector: Main activities and outcomes in 2017

In this document you can find the highlights of the work of the HOSPEEM-EPSU Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital and Healthcare Sector. In 2017 the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital and Healthcare Sector  dealt with a wide range of topics in the framework of the EPSU-HOSPEEM Joint Work Programme and carried out project-related activities.

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