Conference - 17 November 2017 -  Brussels

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Regulating health professions in a European perspective
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Tom Auwers (1968, Antwerpen) took office as president of the Federal Public Service for Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment of Belgium in February 2017. 
Previously (since 2003) he worked as director general, International Affairs & Research within the Belgian Federal Public Service for Social Security. Earlier in his career he worked as chief of staff to the Belgian Minister of Public Service and advisor to the Flemish minister of Finance and Budgeting. He started his career as researcher at Vlerick School for Management (University of Gent) and at the Public Management Centre of the Catholic University of Leuven. He designed and realised several change projects within the federal administration and the Flemish administration. He lectures and publishes on performance management in public administration and the new way of working. Tom Auwers is member of the board of a series of associations in the cultural sector and of the Flemish Public Management Association (VVBB). 

 

Sarada Das is the Deputy Secretary General of the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME). CPME represents national medical associations across Europe and is committed to contributing the medical profession’s point of view to EU and European policy-making through pro-active cooperation on a wide range of health and healthcare related issues.
Ms Das has been working for CPME since 2009 and assists the CPME membership in its activities relating to professional practice and ethics. She also coordinates the development of CPME positions into policy discussions and outreach action. 
Ms Das holds a B.A. in European Studies and an LL.M. in European Law from the University of Maastricht.

 

Maggie De Block, Born in 1962 in Merchtem.
Doctor of Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics, Magna cum Laude – 1988 (Vrije Universiteit Brussel); Accredited General Practitioner (VUB) 1991; General Practitioner since 1988; Accredited General Practitioner since 1991; Supervisor for students in training at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Member of Parliament for the Brussel-Halle-Vilvoorde constituency (1999-2011); Secretary of the Chamber of Representatives (2003 -2007); Vice-President and Permanent Member of the Commission for Social Affairs and Substitute Member of several other Committees; President of the Commission for Infrastructure (2010 –2011); State Secretary of Asylum, Migration, Social Integration and Poverty Reduction (December, 6th 2011 –July, 25th 2014); Minister for Justice with responsibility for Asylum and Immigration, Social Integration and Poverty Reduction, (July, 25th 2014 – October, 11th 2014); Minister for Social Affairs and Public Health since October, 11th 2014.

 

Johan De Cock has obtained a master of law and a master of criminology from the Catholic University of Louvain, where he started his professional experience as a research assistant on the Institute of Social Security of the Faculty of Law (1977-1983). He continued his career by joining the Center for political, economical and social studies where he was researcher and political advisor. From the mid eighties until the beginning of the nineties he worked as a deputy director and counselor of social affairs in the office of the Belgian Prime Minister (1985-1993). Later on he filled the position of deputy general administrator of the National Social Security Office (1993-1995). Since 1995, he is General Administrator of the Belgian National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance.

 

Janke de Groot, PT, PhD is Program leader Quality and Organization of Care and Cure at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL) and associate professor in the Research group “Lifestyle and Health” at the HU University of Applied Sciences both in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She received her degree in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences at the Catholic University of Leuven, worked as a physical therapist for 7 years in the United States, before returning back to the Netherlands in 2001. Since then she has been combining physical therapy education and research. In 2010, she received her Ph.D. from the Faculty of Medicine of Utrecht University. For over 10 years, her research has focused on physical activity, fitness and health in children with chronic disease or physical disability. In the last few years, she has become more interested in the role of organization of healthcare services in relation to quality of care. 

 

Michel Devriese (Belgian, born in 1956) is a qualified dentist graduated from the Catholic University of Louvain (1982).
From the start of his career, he has been involved in several public dental health programs, which led him naturally to occupy different positions within dental associations, and in particular the “Societé de Médecine Dentaire asbl”, the french-speaking Belgian Dental Association, of which he is the former chairman.
He represents the french-speaking dental profession in Belgium in different official bodies within the “Belgian National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance” and within the “Belgian Federal Public Service Health”.
He took part to the creation of the “Health Workforce Planning Committee” in which he is still active. He is a member of the Board and chairs the Dental Working Group.

 

Pedro Facon, Director-General Healthcare at Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment. Public management professional with a passion for healthcare.
From 2002 to 2005, I acted as scientific researcher, teacher and trainer at the Public Management Institute (KU Leuven). As from 2005 I acted as an advisor for the Natinal Institute for Health and Disability Insurance with regard to strategy, organizational development and internal audit. In December 2013, I joined a political cabinet of a Belgian federal minister. In October 2014, I was appointed Chief of staff Healthcare for the federal minister for Public Health and Social Security. As from the 1st of February 2017, I was appointed Director-general Healthcare at the Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment.

 

Tom Goffin has obtained a master in law and a doctor in law (medical law) from the Catholic University of Leuven, where he started his profession experience as a research assistant in the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law of the Faculty of Medicine (2006-2012). Since 2012 he works for the legal service of the National Council of the Belgian Order of Physicians. He is also guest professor at the Catholic University of Leuven and the University of Brussels (VUB). Since August 2014 he is project manager for the reform of the health professions regulation in Belgium. For this project he consulted several stakeholders in the field of health policy in Belgium. Based on these interviews and literature research he made a framework of a new health professions regulation in Belgium which was presented to the public on October 28th 2016. 

 

Margareta Haelterman studied medicine at the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and during the initial years of her professional career she was a scientific collaborator on the BIRNH study (Belgian Interuniversitary Research on Nutrition and Health). Thereafter, during almost 16 years, she was in charge of the Belgian Cancer Registry, where she contributed to the optimization of the data collection, data to be used for epidemiological and clinical research and for public health related purposes. Since 2003 she joined the Federal Public Service for Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment in the department focusing on hospital care. At this moment she directs a multidisciplinary team that develops and monitors activities and programs related to quality of care and patient safety. Since 2016 she is also responsible for the elaboration of a Pay for Quality program for hospitals. 

 

Gaetan Lafortune is a Senior Economist in the OECD Health Division. Over the past several years, Mr. Lafortune has acted as the coordinator and editor of the OECD publication “Health at a Glance”, which presents international comparisons of the performance of health systems in terms of access, quality and spending. He has also carried out a number of studies on health workforce issues. He is one of the main authors of the 2016 OECD publication entitled “Health Workforce Policies in OECD Countries: Right Jobs, Right Skills, Right Places”. 
 
Gaetan Lafortune studied economics in Canada (at the University of Sherbrooke) and worked for the Government of Canada for several years before joining the OECD. 

 

Koen Lenaerts 
Born 1954; lic. iuris, Ph.D. in Law (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven); Master of Laws, Master in Public Administration (Harvard University); Lecturer (1979-83), subsequently Professor of European Law, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (since 1983); Legal Secretary at the Court of Justice (1984-85); Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges (1984-89); member of the Brussels Bar (1986-89); Visiting Professor at the Harvard Law School (1989); Judge at the Court of First Instance of the European Communities from 25 September 1989 to 6 October 2003; Judge at the Court of Justice since 7 October 2003; Vice-President of the Court of Justice from 9 October 2012 to 8 October 2015; President of the Court of Justice since 8 October 2015.

 

Martin McKee qualified in medicine in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with subsequent training in internal medicine and public health. He is Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and founded the European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition (ECOHOST), a WHO Collaborating Centre. He is research director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and Past President of the European Public Health Association. His contributions to European health policy have been recognised by, among others, election to the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and the US National Academy of Medicine, honorary doctorates, visiting professorships in Europe and Asia, the 2003 Andrija Stampar medal for contributions to European public health, the 2014 Alwyn Smith Prize for outstanding contributions to the health of the population, and the 2015 Donabedian International Award. In 2005 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). He has an active following on Twitter @martinmckee 

 

Kitty Mohan is a medical doctor based in London. She qualified in medicine from Guy’s and St Thomas School of Medicine, trained in internal medicine, and completed a PhD in Epidemiology prior to joining Public Health specialty training in 2011. She is currently a final year Public Health registrar currently working at the Immunisation Health Protection Research Unit, a partnership between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Public Health England. Kitty is an elected member of the Council of the British Medical Association (BMA) and was made Fellow of the BMA in 2017. She co-chaired the BMA Junior Doctors Committee between 2013-15 and was joint lead negotiator for the junior doctors contract negotiation in England during that time. She is President-Elect of the European Junior Doctors Association representing 300000 junior doctors across Europe.

 

Herwig Ostermann is Executive director of the Austrian Public Health Institute (GOeG) and associate professor (part-time) at the Department for Public Health and Health Technology Assessment at the University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology in Hall/Tyrol, Austria (UMIT). He studied international economics in Innsbruck and Dublin and holds a master’s and doctoral degree in Health Sciences from UMIT. Herwig Ostermann has an in-depth knowledge of national and international health systems serving as an advisor to the Austrian Ministry of Health with regard to structural and economic impacts of the health reform. 
His research interest encompass various aspects of economic forecasting and evaluation based on routine data as well as – more recently – health workforce planning.

 

Willy Palm is senior adviser with the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, where he is coordinating dissemination and knowledge brokering activities. Trained as a lawyer, specialised in European social security law, his field of interest and expertise lies in EU integration and its impact on health systems, cross-border health care, cooperation in health, patients' rights. Before joining the Observatory in April 2006, Willy was the Managing Director of the International Association of Mutual benefit societies (AIM) and before that worked for a Belgian statutory health insurance fund.

 

Ayden Tajahmady is the deputy director of strategies surveys and statistics at CNAMTS, the French national health insurance fund since 2015. Previously, he worked for ten years in the field of hospitals and healthcare and social organizations performance in France in national agencies. A medical doctor, specialized in public health by training (Paris 6 university), he also has a background in health economics (MSc, Paris Dauphine University) and health policy (MSc London School of Economics and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).

 

Kimberley van den Bergen is a consultant at Ecorys, a leading international research and consultancy company, addressing society's key challenges.
Kimberley has a multi-disciplinary background in law (LLM) and economics (MSc). Competition, regulation and healthcare are her main fields of interest. She was one of the lead authors on the study on potential obstacles in cross-border healthcare provision (Chafea/DG SANTE) She conducted multiple studies for the European Commission, including a study at the cross roads of competition and healthcare, namely a study on financing models of public services and the effects on competition (DG COMP). Moreover, she has been involved in projects in the area of regulation and financing of healthcare. Currently, Kimberley is working on studies concerning information provision to patients seeking cross-border health services in the European Union, the value of medical technology in the Netherlands, and the restructuring of the hospital sector in Kiev, Ukraine.

 

Bart Vanhercke, PhD in Social Science (2016), has been Director at the Brussels-based European Social Observatory since 2010. He is therefore in charge of the broad research strategy, the internal organization of the team, managing the budget, and overseeing the OSE communication strategy. He was appointed as Policy Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA Berlin) in November 2015. His current research focuses on the social dimension of the new European economic governance, a topic on which he also works as associate academic staff at the HIVA Research Institute for Work and Society, the University of Leuven. Earlier research experience dealt with the Europeanization of domestic social inclusion, health care and pensions policies through different EU policy instruments (law, governance and financial instruments) and the social challenges of EMU and EU enlargement. Bart Vanhercke was appointed, for the academic year 2013-2014, Associate Professor at the Institute for European Studies of the Saint-Louis University (FUSL). In March 2016 he obtained his PhD (cum laude) at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) of the University of Amsterdam.

 

Brigitte Velkeniers, qualified in medicine in Brussels (1980), with subsequent training in internal medicine and obtained a PhD in medical sciences at the Vrije Uniniversiteit Brussel (VUB). She is head of the department of Internal Medicine-Endocrinology at the UZBrussel and professor at the faculty of Medicine of the VUB. She is involved in national and international research projects relating to endocrine diseases. She is responsible for post graduate training in Internal Medicine. Since 2015 she was appointed the chair of the Belgian Planning committee.

 

Susan Williams, Royal College of Nursing UK. Susan is Senior International Manager at the RCN, the professional association and trade union for nursing staff in the UK. She works in the Policy and Public Affairs (UK and International) Department, which focuses on domestic and international policy and evidence that impact on nursing. She manages a small team which coordinates the RCN’s EU and international policy, the RCN’s work to learn from nursing policy and practice in other countries and its international development project work. 
She joined the RCN in 1995 as European Officer focusing on expanding the RCN’s influence on EU’s expanding health and social agenda and proposals impacting on health. She served on the Board of the European Public Health Alliance from 2014 to 2016 and coordinates the RCN’s work with its other major European alliances – the European Federation of Nurses Associations an the European Federation of Public Service Unions.
Prior to joining the RCN, Susan worked as a European Policy Officer in the international arm of the local authority associations in the UK, the Local Government International Bureau. During this time she was also seconded to Croydon Borough Council’s Economic Development Department to develop their European strategy. She is a qualified teacher and has teaching experience in the UK, Germany and Turkey. She also has a Masters in health policy, planning and financing from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and London School of Economics and speaks German, French and Turkish.

 

Bernhard Zaglmayer is currently a legal and policy desk officer in DG GROW at the European Commission and, amongst others, responsible for the recognition of health professions in Europe.
He has obtained a law degree from Leopold Franzens University in Innsbruck, Austria, and a post-graduate Master of European Studies from Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium (2002). Thereafter he worked as scientific researcher at the K.U. Leuven Research Unit on European Social Security and at the European Institute of Social Security. In 2006, he engaged as legal officer for the EFTA Surveillance Authority in Brussels, where he later acted as Deputy Director of the Internal Market Affairs Directorate until 2015. After more than 10 years of legal experience in the field, he published a book in 2016 on the recognition of professional qualifications of health professions in Europe with special focus on Austria.