2020 has been an eventful year ensuring that the views of hospital and healthcare employers are being heard at the highest level. The HOSPEEM Activity Report 2020 is published and presents the main activities carried out during the year (page 3,4,5) as well as relevant information on the structure and membership of HOSPEEM.
Firstly, HOSPEEM published a collection of challenges and lessons learnt in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, providing a first insight into hospital and healthcare employers’ experiences. HOSPEEM believes that long-term investments are of vital importance to sustaining a resilient healthcare system and society as a whole.
Secondly, the Eurofound representativeness study for the Hospital Sector was published, confirming that HOSPEEM remains the most representative hospital employer association on the EU level. HOSPEEM called for political support from European institutions to strengthen capacity building of sectoral social partners to be represented in the European sectoral social dialogue.
Thirdly, HOSPEEM and the signatories of the Multi-sectoral guidelines to tackle third-party violence (TPV) and harassment related to work published a statement on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the guidelines in 2020.
Download the report 2020
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”.
Brussels, 16 November
HOSPEEM expresses its commitment to the World Health Organizations’ Charter on Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety. We agree that the health, safety, and well-being of health workers is a prerequisite for an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Besides the already mentioned key measures, HOSPEEM commits to the following:
1. Establish synergies between health worker safety and patient safety policies and strategies.
Aim to ensure the health workers’ safety when implementing the HOSPEEM-EPSU Joint Declaration on CPD and LLL for All Health Workers in the EU, which has been adopted in 2016.
2. Develop and implement national programmes for better occupational health and safety of health workers.
Updating the HOSPEEM-EPSU Framework of Actions on Recruitment and Retention (2010) with lessons’ learnt from COVID-19 and previous joint projects on occupational safety and health.
3. Protect health workers from violence in the workplace.
Promote the implementation of the Multi-sectoral guidelines to tackle third-party violence and harassment related to work, signed in 2010 and reaffirmed in 2020.
4. Improve mental health and psychological well-being of the health workforce.
Collect lessons learnt from national sectoral social partners in the hospital sector in the context of COVID-19 and create space for the exchange of good practices on improving mental health and the psychological well-being of the health workforce.
5. Protect health workers from physical and biological hazards.
Monitoring the developments of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive 2004/37/EC concerning the inclusion of hazardous medicinal products and cytotoxic substances as well as the development of non-binding measures in this regard.
Active participation as Official Campaign Partner in the EU-OSHA Healthy Workplace Campaign Lighten the Load (2020-2022).
Promoting the implementation of the Medical Sharps Directive 2010/32/EU in the European Member States by strengthening synergies with other relevant stakeholders.
Aim to ensure availability of personal protective equipment (PPE), relevant to the roles and tasks performed, in adequate quantity, of appropriate fit and acceptable quality.
Download the HOSPEEM committment to the WHOs’ Charter on Health Worker Safety (Pdf)
Nb: WHO invites all Member States, intergovernmental organizations, international organizations and relevant stakeholders to support and endorse this charter by signing up.
WHO technical resources – useful links:
Image credits: Courtesy of the World Health Organisation, 2020
In this April 2020 edition, you will find the HOSPEEM statement on the COVID-19 outbreak and on the CEEP launch of the EU platform “SGIs facing COVID-19” as well as information on the latest HOSPEEM General Assembly, and HOSPEEM-EPSU Social Dialogue meeting and project.
This newsletter includes also other relevant news, EU news, events and publications for hospital employers.
HOSPEEM Newsletter 2020– Issue 2 (29 April 2020)
This dedicated webpage presents documents (guidance, handbooks, training material, good practice etc…) collected by national social partners on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Life-Long-Learning (LLL). Please note that this is work in progress and only an indicative list which does not necessarily reflect the latest documentation available.
Nb: HOSPEEM and EPSU would like to thank all the national social partners that contribute to this webpage by submitting materials – in particular the organisations indicated in brackets below.
I) NATIONAL SOCIAL PARTNERS, EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
CPD Programme at the Trauma Team- Töölö Hospital – Helsinki University Hospital – Finland (TEHY) – in EN
Lappeenranta seminar on the development of working life in the municipal and public sectors – Finland (KT) – in FI
A systematic approach to and long-term monitoring of the transformation of work in the local government sector – Finland (KT) – in FI
Introducing the contribution of patients in the training process – France (FEHAP) – in EN
Patients as teachers – a deep dive into professional education – France (FEHAP) – in EN, in FR
National CPD Strategy – Germany (VKA) – in DE
Research program RN2BLEND on the differentiated deployment of nurses in hospitals – Netherlands (NVZ and NFU) – in EN, NL
Program CZO flex level – Improvement of the training offer for specialized nurses and medical support staff– Netherlands (NVZ and NFU) – in NL
Program ZMT! – Healthcare Professionals Make the Future!, Netherlands (NVZ) – in NL
A nurse is a nurse is a nurse? Skills level differentiation – Netherlands (Radboud University Medical Center and NVZ) – in EN
CPD for support staff: a new career opportunity in nursing – United Kingdom (UNISON and Health Education England) – in EN
Implementing a just and learning culture – United Kingdom (NHS Employers) – in EN
Vård och omsorgscollege – An example of social partners’ cooperation at local and regional level, i.e. skills validation – Sweden (National Council
Sweden, KOMMUNAL) – in SE
Learning in partnership – United Kingdom (NHS) – in EN
Learning Agreement/Union Learning Reps – United Kingdom (NHS) – in EN
Definition of CPD priorities and negotiations of professional branches on CPD activities/programmes in the French hospital sector – France (CFDT) – in EN
Competence development of an ageing workforce in German hospitals – Germany (AT, Gelsenkirchen) – in EN
How to cooperate between trade unions, employers and education providers in setting up effective CPD in Sweden? – Sweden (Kommunal, Sweden and Health and care services college) – in EN
Working and learning in the service – Managing continuing professional development – United Kingdom (CenMEDIC) – in EN
Inter-professional cooperation and skills development
The BRIDGE model – A competency development programme designed to enhance interprofessional collaboration, shared knowledge and patient and citizen involvement across sectors – Denmark (Center for human resources, Capital Region of Denmark) – in EN
How does CPD support multi-professional team-based care? – Finland (Helsinki University, Central Hospital HUCH, Helsinki Burn Centre) – in EN
Funding of CPD
Roles and activities of a paritarian organisation to promote and support CPD for care workers – Belgium (Competentia) – in EN
APEF- Association Paritaire pour l’Emploi et la Formation – Belgium (Competentia) – in FR
From unskilled to skilled (3F, FOA and The Danish Regions (Wage and Tariff Board of the Regions) – Denmark (Danish Regions) – in DK
The Competence Fund – Denmark (Danish Regions) – in DK
Development and research fund in the regions – Denmark (Danish Regions) – in DK
Heidelberg Hospital: Acadamy of Health Professions – Germany (Ver.di) – in EN
How is, or should, CPD be financed? An example from the Netherlands – Netherlands (NVZ) – in EN
Innovative workplace learning
Crew Resource Management: a Dutch example of building health care teams focusing on effective communication and leadership – The Netherlands (NVZ, Gelre Hospital) – in EN
Good practice: Short video instructions at the moment of need, Jaco van der Worp – The Netherlands (NVZ, Groene Hart Hospital, Gouda) – in EN
Learn to escape! – The Netherlands (NVZ, Spaarne guesthouse) – in EN
The ‘Roadmap’: A Dutch example of organising support for Continuous Professional Development that fits within the ambitions of the organisation and its employees – The Netherlands (NVZ, North West Hospital Group, Alkmaar) – in EN
CPD for new models of care and new professional roles
Program JumP – Right care in the right place – Netherlands (NVZ) – in NL
No place like home – Gupta Strategists report – Netherlands (NVZ) – in EN
CPD related to the digitalisation of health care
Program VIPP – Digital access to your own medical data – Netherlands (NVZ) – in NL
Building a digital ready workforce – United Kingdom (NHS, HEE) – in EN
Informatics Workforce Report – United Kingdom (NHS, HEE) – in EN
NHS Digital Academy – United Kingdom (NHS, HEE) – in EN
Becoming Digital Competent Project – developing healthcare professionals competencies in digital solutions – Denmark (Danish Regions as well as several public partners, municipalities and educational institutions) – in EN, in DK
Increasing digital training capacity, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (NHS) – in EN
A guide to good practice for digital and data-driven health technologies – Department of Health & Social Care (NHS) – in EN
II) EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS, AGENCIES OR INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS
Directive on Recognition of Qualifications (2005/36/EC) modernised with Directive 2013/55/EU (20 November 2013)
Skills audits – Tools to identify talent : final report – Study – (EC), 2019
New Skills Agenda for Europe [COM(2016) 381 final] – (EC)
EC Handbook on classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO), 2018
Matching skills and labour market needs in the changing world of work – strategic approach on continuous lifelong learning – (Council of the EU), 2019
European Skills Index (CEDEFOP), 2018
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Skills Outlook 2019 – Thriving in a Digital World
International Labour Office (ILO)
Lifelong learning: Concepts, issues and actions concept paper, 2019
The involvement of employer organisations in the governance of skills systems: a literature review, 2019
World Health Organization (WHO)
The toolkit for a sustainable health workforce in the WHO European Region, 2018
At the last meeting of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital Sector (SSDC-HS) in 2019, HOSPEEM and EPSU reached a final agreement of the Joint Work-Programme 2020-2022. It is structured around four major thematic priorities, i.e Occupational Safety and health, recruitment and retention of the health workforce, Continuing Professional Development and Life-Long Learning, European/ EU-level healthcare policy. Each sub-theme is presented with specific objectives, deliverables and a timeline.
Download the Joint Work Programme – EN
Download the Joint Work Programme – streamlined version – EN
Alice Casagrande (FR), a HOSPEEM Expert on CPD and LLL, spoke at the European Patients’ Forum Congress in Brussels on 13 November 2019 during the plenary session “Patients as teachers – a deep dive into professional education” as the FEHAP representative. Alice Casagrande is the Director of the LLL, innovation and voluntary work at the Fédération des Etablissements Hospitaliers et d’Aide à la Personne, Privés Non Lucratifs-FEHAP, the HOSPEEM member in France.
Ms Casagrande talked about the involvement of her organisation (an employer’s federation representing non-profit organisations) in a project called ‘Partners in Knowledge’. This promotes a commitment to involve patients and social service users in professional education. Inspired by the Vancouver statement on professional education (2015) and the interprofessional health mentor programme of the University of British Columbia in Canada, Ms Casagrande underlined that we should not just be looking at medical students; other healthcare professionals – e.g. nurses, midwives, occupational therapists, dentists…- are also part of the overall health provision picture. This is based on the notion of interprofessional education, which entails that students should learn around or with the help of a patient, a disabled person or a carer. Involving the broader spectrum of healthcare providers will improve communication with one another in relation to person-centered care.
The project has been ongoing since 2015, with a small group of committed representatives from relevant stakeholders. Information on experimental programmes in health care and social services involving patients and social services users were collected. The Swedish ‘gap-mending model‘, where training involves those people in the services that are intended for them was one of these; this programme has found that such learning substantially reduces the distance between health and social care providers and the people concerned.
The work has led to the formulation of the ‘Partners in Knowledge’ statement, addressing the involvement of patients and social services users in continuous education, which has already been signed by the French health minister as well as by major students’ unions.
Watch the EPF congress video of the intervention (EN)
Visit the FEHAP “Partners in Knowledge” webpage (FR: “Associons nos Savoirs”) and its resources section (FR) for more information
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On 11 November 2019, a group of Swedish colleagues from SALAR visited the SALAR’s Brussels office. Participants of the study visit all work with different matters within the health care sector. SALAR is now working with the regions to describe good learning environments and models of training for the employees and the students at the workplace.
The HOSPEEM staff gave an overview of its latest activities and achievements, highlighting the themes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Lifelong Learning, for example the HOSPEEM-EPSU Joint Declaration on Continuing Professional Development adopted in 2016. The group also met with Members of the European Parliament.
The HOSPEEM Activity Report 2018 is published. This activity report presents basic information on HOSPEEM and the main activities carried out during the year.
2018 has been a year rich in achievements for HOSPEEM ensuring that the views of hospital and healthcare employers are being heard at the highest level.
Firstly, HOSPEEM and EPSU celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Code of conduct on Ethical Cross-Border Recruitment and Retention in April 2018.
Secondly, the conference “A sound mind in a sound body- Taking care of those who take care of us” has been organised in Vilnius on musculoskeletal disorders and psychosocial risks and stress at work in May 2018.
Thirdly, a dissemination workshop on Occupational Safety and Health and Continuing Professionnal Development took place in the European Parliament in Brussel, hosted by two MEPs in December 2018.
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In this December 2018 edition of the newsletter, you will find information on the Social Partner’s Dissemination Workshop on Occupational Safety and Health and Continuing Professional Development (CPD), HOSPEEM news, news from our Members in France and in Lithuania.
This newsletter includes also relevant EU News, events and publications for hospital employers.
HOSPEEM Newsletter 2018 – Issue 5 (17 December 2018)