Conference - 17 November 2017 -  Brussels

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Regulating health professions in a European perspective
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Programme
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Background document
Report of Policy Dialogue
(May 2017)

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  Programme

   

8.30 - 9.15 Registration and coffee
9.15 - 10.30

   

 

 Opening Session

Welcome and introduction: Regulating health professions in Belgium to ensure access and quality of healthcare
Tom Auwers, President of the executive board, Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, Belgium
Jo De Cock, CEO, National Institute of Health and Disability Insurance (NIHDI), Belgium

Regulating health professions in the EU while ensuring free movement: rules and principles
Koen Lenaerts, President of the Court of Justice of the European Union and Professor of European Law at the KU Leuven, Belgium (by video message)
Video message  (Youtube)

Trends in the medical health workforce in Europe
Gaetan Lafortune, Senior Health Economist, OECD Health Division, France 
Abstract (PDF)
  
Q&A
  
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 - 13.00
  
 Regulating access to health professions in a European perspective
 
Chair: Pedro Facon, Director-General Healthcare, Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, Belgium 

Health workforce planning in Belgium: steering national production while managing international flows
Brigitte Velkeniers
, President of the Federal Planning Committee Medical Supply, Belgium
Abstract (PDF)

Potential obstacles to free movement for healthcare professionals
Kimberley van den Bergen
, Consultant Health, Ecorys, Netherlands
Study Extract (PDF)

Panel discussion: Balancing professional mobility with the need to plan for the right numbers and skills
  
This panel will discuss how national health authorities can ensure the right quantity and quality of health professionals to meet future patients’ needs within a context of free movement. While the Directive on professional qualifications determines the scope for regulating individual access to the medical profession, EU Member States organise national planning mechanisms to steer and control the production and supply of healthcare workers within their territory. To what extent can these measures be considered justified and proportional? What can and needs to be done to verify and ensure the competence and skills of healthcare providers trained in another Member State?
 
Facilitator:
Willy Palm, Senior Advisor, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, Belgium
 
• Michel Devriese, Past-President, Belgian Society for Dental Medicine, Belgium
• Kitty Mohan, President-Elect, European Junior Doctors, United Kingdom
• Herwig Ostermann, Executive Director, Austrian Public Health Institute, Austria
• Brigitte Velkeniers, President of the Federal Planning Committee Medical Supply, Belgium
• Susan Williams, Senior International Manager, Royal College of Nursing, United Kingdom 
• Bernhard Zaglmayer, Legal and Policy Desk Officer, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
   

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 16.00
  
 Regulating the quality of health professionals in a European perspective
 
Chair: Jo De Cock, CEO, NIHDI, Belgium
 
Monitoring, measuring and enforcing the quality of healthcare in Belgium: past, present and future
Tom Goffin, Project Manager for the reform of health professions regulation, Belgium
Abstract (PDF)

Maintaining skills and ensuring fitness to practise in European countries
Martin Mc Kee, Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
Abstract (PDF)

Panel discussion: Regulating health professionals or health services? How to ensure quality and patient safety? 
  
This panel will discuss how regulatory frameworks for quality assurance in healthcare are changing to adapt to changing contexts and insights. An increasing focus on multidisciplinarity, team-work and patient-centredness requires different approaches in defining and ensuring quality and safety. How should this be translated into regulation and/or statutory healthcare contracting? To what extent does European or international standardisation of health services provide an answer to these challenges? 
 
Facilitator:
Bart Vanhercke, Director, European Social Observatory (OSE), Belgium
 
• Sarada Das, Deputy Secretary General, Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME)
• Janke de Groot, Program leader Quality and Organisation of Care and Cure, Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL), the Netherlands 
• Margareta Haelterman, Head of Department quality and patient safety, Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, Belgium
• Martin Mc Kee, Professor of European Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
• Ayden Tajahmady, Deputy Director of strategies, surveys and statistics, French National Health Insurance Fund (CNAMTS), France
• Bernhard Zaglmayer, Legal and Policy Desk Officer, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission 
 
16.00 - 16.15

  
 Closure
 
Maggie De Block, Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health, Belgium
Speech (PDF)
  
16.15 -17.00 Reception