European Hospital & Healthcare Employers’ Association

HOSPEEM-EPSU Meeting with Commissioner Andriukaitis

Brussels, 3 May 2017

Joint Statement

“Health has social, environmental and behaviour determinants. We need to address public health with ambition: prevent deterioration of health and avoidable deaths, invest in health promotion and prevention. The EU together with Member States could save thousands of lives each year. Social partners can play a central role in this process. Be sure that I am one of you.” said European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis. This passionate response came in a meeting with HOSPEEM and EPSU Secretary Generals, Mr. Tjitte Alkema and Mr. Jan Willem Goudriaan.

The representatives of the employers and trade unions met with the Commissioner responsible for health and food safety to discuss their joint work on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) that culminated in the signing of the Joint Declaration by HOSPEEM and EPSU in November 2016. EPSU and HOSPEEM informed the Commissioner about their joint upcoming conference on CPD in June 2017 and invited him to their second conference scheduled to take place in April or May 2018 in Vilnius dealing with the two most widespread health and safety hazards in the health care sector, namely musculoskeletal disorders and psycho-social risks and stress at the workplace as well as on patient safety. The Commissioner expressed his support for the Joint Declaration and more generally also for the work of the EU-level sectoral social dialogue partners for the hospital/health care sector that recently adopted their work programme. He added that social partners should keep the Joint Declaration on CPD for All Health Workers in the EU on the agenda of EU Member States and of the Council of the European Union.

Other issues addressed were

  • the effectiveness of guidance on cross-border ethical recruitment and retention,
  • how best to tackle changing demands for the health workforce and the managers in hospitals linked to the digitalisation of health care and the need for up-to-date digital skills in the health care sector as a key priority of comprehensive vocational education and training policies,
  • activities of the hospital employers and hospital associations to reduce risks linked to antimicrobial resistance,
  • the challenges of the demographic changes – such as higher incidence of multi-morbidity, chronical diseases and dementia as well as
  • the importance of using European Reference Networks in the field of rare diseases as good practice approaches

EPSU and HOSPEEM also exchanged on the possibilities to coordinate or join up forces to follow-up to the recommendations of the Report of the UN Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth and on the need for more public investment in health care.

The meeting took place on 24 April 2017. The Commissioner was accompanied by Annika Nowak, Member of Cabinet and Concetta Cultrera, DG SANTE.

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

Presentations

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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This project is supported with funds from the European Commission and is a contribution to the EU-OSHA Healthy Workplaces for All Ages Campaign

HOSPEEM-EPSU Joint Work Programme 2017-2019 for the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in the Hospital Sector

At the first meeting of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital Sector (SSDC-HS) in 2017, HOSPEEM and EPSU reached a final agreement of the Joint Work-Programme 2017-2019. It is structured around four major thematic priorities, i.e. recruitment and retention of health workforce, Continuing Professional Development and Life-Long Learning, Occupational Health and Safety and well-being, and Health care policy. Each sub-theme is presented with specific objectives, deliverables and a timeline.

PDF - 304.4 koDownload the Joint Work Programme – EN

 

EU-OSHA visualisation tool on safety and health of Europe’s ageing workforce

EU-OSHA recently launched a visualisation tool designed to allow easy and quick access to the results of its three-year project “Safer and healthier work at any age”. The European Commission concluded a delegation agreement with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) to carry out a pilot project entitled ‘Safer and healthier work at any age — occupational safety and health (OSH) in the context of an ageing workforce’. This was based on a decision and request of the European Parliament, whose objective was to further investigate possible ways of improving the safety and health of older people at work, as the ageing of the workforce will have a serious financial impact on workers, employers and taxpayers.

Thus, the project aimed to assess the prerequisites for OSH strategies and systems to take account of an ageing workforce and improve risk prevention and health protection for all throughout working life. The key results of the project are presented, including data on demographics, employment, working conditions, and health, as well as examples of OSH policies across Europe addressing the challenges of an ageing workforce.  This data visualisation tool presents the key findings of the project and allows users to explore the data in an interactive way by comparing countries and searching for policies, strategies and programmes, among other possibilities.

The issue of the ageing workforce is represented using the ‘Age pyramid’, that is, an interactive graph showing historical data and the projections for the EU, provided by Eurostat. Next to this, some important figures show that this issue is closely related to OSH and working conditions.

The country insights section provides country specific information on initiatives to address the ageing of the workforce, including healthy life years expectancy, population age structure development, employment rate, workplace risk assessments data etc…

See more in the visualisation tool

HOSPEEM-EPSU Project 2017-2018 on effective recruitment and retention policies

               

In 2017-2018 HOSPEEM and EPSU have been provided with financial support from the European Commission for a joint project in the field of recruitment and retention entitled: 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(01.02.2017-01-01-2019).

Objectives 

The project provided an appropriate framework to continue to focus on continuing professional development (CPD) as a first joint policy priority for HOSPEEM and EPSU. The work served to collect, discuss and evaluate social partner-based initiatives and policy measures on a range of aspects linked to the aim of facilitating access to CPD and guaranteeing quality services supportive of patient safety and provided by a workforce fit for practice. It will build on the HOSPEEM-EPSU Joint Declaration on Continuing Professional Development and Life-Long Learning for All Health Workers in the EU.

The project was secondly geared towards the follow-up to results and recommendations of the HOSPEEM-EPSU joint project (2014-2016) in the field of occupational safety and health (OSH). The prevention, management and reduction of “musculoskeletal disorders” (MSD) and “psychosocial risks and stress at work” (PSRS@W) have been identified by HOSPEEM and EPSU members as two key priorities for their future joint work. In June 2016 they agreed on a “Summary Document” – available in EN, FR, DE, ES, RU and SV, setting out a number of follow-up activities to support policy implementation EPSU and HOSPEEM have agreed to consider in a next step. In May 2019, HOSPEEM and EPSU members agreed on the “summary document” of the project 2017-2019 “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” (2017-2019).

PDF - 304.4 ko Download project detailed description

 Timeline:

Expected results

The project produced a report from each conference and a brief document summarising the main insight, conclusions and recommendations of the project. The information collected, the project results and recommendations will be fed back into the regular work of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the hospital/health care sector (SSDC HS) to be further discussed and assessed, in particular in view of their use to influence EU-level policy making. 

Implementation

Conference on Continuing Professional Development, 19-20 June 2017

This first conference took place on 19-20 June 2017 in Amsterdam (co-organised by NVZ and Dutch partners, supported by HOSPEEM).

Conference on Occupational Health and Safety (Musculoskeletal Disorders and Psychosocial Risks and Stress at work), 23-24 May 2018

This second conference took place in Vilnius on 23-24 May 2018 (co-organised by LSADPS and supported by EPSU).

Dissemination

Social partners’ dissemination workshop on OSH and CPD, 3 December 2018

This dissemination workshop took place in Brussels on 3 December 2018 (organised by HOSPEEM and EPSU, hosted by MEP Jana Žitňanská, ECR, Slovakia and MEP Brando Benifei, S&D, Italy).

EPSU also has set up a page with the project-related information.

 
This project has received funding from the European Commission

HOSPEEM-EPSU joint declaration on CPD and LLL for all Health Workers in the EU

The EU hospital social partners HOSPEEM and EPSU adopted a HOSPEEM-EPSU joint declaration on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Life-Long-Learning (LLL) for all health workers in the EU in November 2016, after several months of work and negotiations.

It is addressed to all workers in the hospital and healthcare sector in an equal manner, irrespective of age, profession and employment contract.

The agreement emphasizes the major role social partners have to play in the field of CPD and LLL, in partnership with competent authorities and other relevant stakeholders, and on the respective responsibilities of employers and workers. In the joint declaration, HOSPEEM and EPSU stress that CPD and LLL initiatives should be considered as a long-term investment in current and future qualifications and competences of the health workforce and not as a cost factor.

The joint declaration aims at providing inspiration, guidance and support to social partners in their actions in the field of CPD and LLL in the different Member States and at encouraging investments in this field. It is structured along a statement of key principles that should guide activities undertaken in the field of CPD and LLL. The principles are general and can be used at all levels by all stakeholders.

The HOSPEEM-EPSU joint declaration will be enriched in 2017 with a separate document gathering existing good practice examples. This document will be elaborated in the context of the joint HOSPEEM-EPSU EU-funded project (VS/2017/0017) “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”.

HOSPEEM and EPSU were invited to present their joint declaration on the occasion of the DG SANTE Expert Group “European Health Workforce” on 22 November 2016.

The joint declaration is now available in English, French, German, Spanish and Swedish.

PDF - 304.4 ko HOSPEEM-EPSU joint declaration on CPD and LLL in ENFRDESVES

Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital and Healthcare Sector: Main activities and outcomes in 2014-2015

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 2014-2015 the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Hospital and Healthcare Sector dealt with a range of topics, carried out project-related activities and agreed on several documents.

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Patient safety: new package published by the EC including a report on education and training of health professionals

A patient safety package was recently published by the European Commission highlighting how the Commission and EU countries are addressing the challenge of patient safety, progress made since 2012 and barriers to overcome as foreseen in a Council Recommendation of 2009. While significant progress was made in terms of shaping national programmes for patient safety and putting in place systems for patients to report adverse effects, patient safety is still seldom addressed in education and training of healthcare workers. The documents will feed into the reflection process on future EU-level action on patient safety and quality of care.

Of particular interest for HOSPEEM members are the report and recommendations on education and training of health professionals included in this package. The recommendations take into account the reported initiatives of education and training in patient safety, illustrated with examples and experience from 27 European countries, and complemented by a list factors necessary to their implementation. To read more about the patient safety package, click here.