Approved minutes Executive Committee Meeting - 30 March ­ 1 April 2017 - Zagreb, Croatia

                        

Approved Minutes

 

Minutes of the

Executive Committee Meeting

30 March – 1 April 2017

Zagreb, Croatia

 

Present:

Chairman: Sarah Bazin

First Vice Chairman: Roland Craps

Second Vice Chairman: Esther-Mary D’Arcy

WCPT Board Member: John Xerri de Caro

Treasurer: Roland Paillex

General Secretary: David Gorría

 

 

Minutes

1. Welcome

 

The Chairman of the European Region, Sarah Bazin, welcomed all members of the Executive Committee (EC) to the meeting in Zagreb, Croatia.

 

The Chairman especially thanked the Croatian Council of Physiotherapists for hosting the EC´s meeting and its generous hospitality. It was noted that the EC meeting was taking place in Zagreb in order that the EC members could support our Croatian colleagues by presenting at their Conference on Professional Issues and challenges in Physiotherapy. The event was held on 31st March and 1st April 2017. EC members were also received in audience by the Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia and by the Minister of Health.

 

2. Approval of the minutes of the Executive Committee Meeting held on 25 – 27 November 2016, in Brussels, Belgium

 

The Minutes of the last Executive Committee Meeting, held on 25 – 27 November 2016 in Brussels, Belgium, were approved with minor amendments.

 

3. Matters arising from the Minutes

 

No matters arising were expressed or recorded.

 

4. Approval of the agenda

 

The draft Agenda was agreed and approved

 

5. Correspondence from 25.11.2016 – to date

 

The General Secretary reported on the main correspondence and e-mails received.

 

It was agreed that other issues as related to correspondence and the agenda would be discussed under their relevant points.

 

6. WCPT Issues

  1. WCPT issues

    • Subgroups

    • Glossary

    • Network of experts

    • Issues of the European Region with WCPT

    • WCPT 2017 Congress & WCPT 2019 GM and Congress

    • WCPT Membership Committee – 14th February 2017

    • WCPT Board Meeting 3rd March 2017

  2. WHO Europe

  • Mental Health group – 19 December Copenhagen

  • Psychiatric Nursing - 11th – 14th May 2017 - Malta

  • Call for submission of papers for a special issue on obesity and unhealthy diets in the WHO European Region – Deadline 31st May 2017.

WHO session 2017

 

WCPT Board meeting

The WCPT Board met on 3 and 4 March 2017 at a face-to-face meeting in London. A range of matters were considered at that meeting and some of the key issues were highlighted to MOs and regional contacts as listed below:

 

Annual Audit - WCPT has appointed new auditors for the period 2016 – 2018. The Board anticipates that the audited accounts and annual report will be approved at the next meeting of the Board planned for the end of May.

 

WCPT Regions - At the Regional Summit in Liverpool in November 2016, the attendees agreed that it would be advantageous to have stronger communication between the Board and the Regions. It was the first time that the Chairs of the regions were invited to provide a written update on the activities of their region at this Board meeting.

Regional Chairs joined and presented regional reports.

 

Governance Framework - The Board has been working on a Governance Framework that documents the required practices and procedures related to the Board and Board Committees. These include:

- The Board Charter which identifies the responsibilities, accountability and relationships with the Board subcommittees.

- Board Operating Guidelines, which guide the scheduling, agenda and timing of meetings and requirements for the presentation, submission and approval process for providing information for Board and Committee consideration.

The European Region agreed to request access to them once finalized to prepare and/or align Regional documents accordingly

 

Next WCPT face-to-face Board meetings are scheduled on 1st July and 1st and 2nd December 2017.

The Executive Committee of the European Region noted those dates in order to address in time possible issues from the Region through the Chairman according to clarity established by WCPT about the roles of Regional Chairs and members of the board elected by the regions. Member Organisations will be informed about those dates and asked for possible issues to be addressed related to WCPT.

 

WCPT Membership Committee

The European Region Chairman, as all Regional Chairs, have become a member of the WCPT Membership Committee and participated on 14 February 2017 on a virtual meeting.

 

WCPT 2017 Congress

The WCPT Board has received a report on the Congress, which indicated that delegate numbers were consistent with projections. The planning for the event is at an advanced stage.

 

European Region participation in WCPT 2017 Congress - The Chairman of the Region has already registered for attending the Congress on behalf of the Region. Participation in the Congress is within the early bird fee price.

 

A Regional Chairs meeting may be organised prior to the WCPT Congress 2017.

 

Issues of the European Region with WCPT

According to the defined role of the Regional Chair with regards to WCPT Issues, the EC of the European Region agreed that she would bring and follow up the following topics to the WCPT CEO.

    • Formal collaboration between WCPT and the International Network of Physiotherapy Regulatory Authorities (INPTRA). Request further information about the implications and plan for the formal collaboration with this network. Special focus will be given to the planned work being developed regarding the physical therapy assistant workforce. Furthermore the European Region will propose to use the correct terminology for this occupation: Physical Therapist assistant or Physiotherapist assistant.

    • WCPT Subgroups – Clarification about membership of subgroups; meaning reconfirmation prior to GM by MOs that already supported sub-group creation. WCPT to ask MOs if they still support their interest group for the subgroup plus confirmation or reconfirmation that those all individual in the group or joining are member of the related WCPT Member Organisation at national level.

    • Glossary and Regional Annex – Publication, revision and update

    • Database of experts – Gentle reminder for information about the state of the art and characteristics, should it be already available as mentioned at the 2016 GM.

 

The Executive Committee agreed that the General Secretary would also contact the WCPT CEO and ask him for a meeting in the WCPT premises in London to report and discuss about these issues and others. (May 2017)

 

WHO Europe

WHO Europe - Mental Health - The Third meeting of staff groups active in mental health in the European Region was organized by the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 19 December 2016. The meeting had a number of objectives, including a formal adoption of the Consensus Statement, presentation of commonalities and differences in the ethical codes and terminology used by the represented disciplines, discussion about service models, professional roles and responsibilities, and planning for future work of the group. The European Region 1st Vice Chairman, Roland Craps participated in the meeting. The Region has the support and collaboration of the WCPT subgroup International Organisation of Physical Therapy in Mental Health (IOPTMH) in this collaboration.

 

As soon as the Consensus Statement, “Working together towards an effective and influential mental health workforce in Europe” is published it will be circulated among MOs and posted on the regional website.

 

The 4th meeting of this group will be held at the end of June 2017 in Copenhagen

 

European Festival of Psychiatric Nursing, 11-14 May 2017 in Malta

Sarah Bazin, the Chairman of the European Region is going to participate in this event representing the European Region and Physiotherapy profession.

She will give a presentation on the role of physiotherapists and physiotherapy in mental health.

 

Call for submission of papers for a special issue on obesity and unhealthy diets in the WHO European Region – Deadline 31st May 2017.

The Professional Issues WG (PI WG) is going to submit the Region’s commitment / document on Promoting physical activity in children, the role of Physiotherapists, which is being prepared for the EU Platform for Physical Activity of the European Commission. The document will also be submitted to stakeholders of the platform and Member Organisations during the second half of 2017. Further information about this action can be found in the reports of the PI WG

 

67th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe.

Once the invitation has been received, the European Region EC will evaluate and decide how and who to participate in the 67th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe.

 

7. Member Organisation Issues

7.1 Invitations from the MOs & Issues

 

  • Spain – Coruna- 14 – 15 December 2016

The General Secretary participated on behalf of the European Region in the 25 years celebration of the Facultad de Fisioterapia Universidad de Coruña. He gave a presentation at the University about physiotherapy and the role of the European Region.

 

  • Greece – 17 – 19 February 2017.

The General Secretary, on behalf of the European Region, held a meeting with colleagues of the Panhellenic Physical Therapy Association (T.A.) in Athens on 18 February 2017. At that meeting, among others issues, it was discussed and reported about Partial access, UK university branches in Greece, EU statistics about physiotherapists and population ratio, health care assistants and physiotherapist assistants, European Region Quality Assurance Standards of Physiotherapy Practice and Delivery and Memorandum of Understanding with the European Doctors

 

The T.A. also requested to hold an Executive Committee (EC) meeting of the European Region in Athens, Greece, on 23 – 24 November 2017, in order to continue supporting their actions in reported topics and participate with presentations in its national congress on 25 November.

The EC meeting would be also combined with a meeting with national authorities. The EC agreed to participate and the General Secretary would contact the Greek association to start the preparations.

 

  • Germany, Therapie Leipzig – 16 – 18 March 2017

The Treasurer, Roland Paillex, participated on behalf of the European Region in the annual meeting of Therapie Leipzig held on 16 – 18 March 2017.

 

  • Poland – Zgorzelec – 23 – 25 March 2017

The Treasurer participated on behalf of the European Region in the XXIII International Disabled People´s Day held on 23 – 25 March 2017. He gave a presentation about the private practitioners in Switzerland.

 

  • Albania – 20 – 21 May 2017

A request from the Albanian colleagues has been sent to WCPT and passed to the European Region to participate in the third National Congress of Physical Therapy in Tirana, Albania. The event will take place on 20 and 21 May 2017. The EC agreed that the European Region Chairman would attend on behalf on the Region.

The EC also agreed to take the opportunity at that meeting to discuss the Regional Membership with the Albanian colleagues.

 

  • Lithuania – 14 September 2017

The European Region Chairman has been invited to participate with presentations in the conference of Lithuanian Physiotherapy Association and in a meeting with the Ministry of Health, which will be held on 14 September 2017

 

  • Hungary 3 – 4 October 2017

The European Region Chairman has been invited to participate with presentations in the Congress of Physiotherapists of Hungary, which will be held on 3 and 4 October 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.

 

  • Montenegro 6 – 8 October 2017

The European Region Chairman and the General Secretary have been invited to participate with presentations in the Second Congress of Physiotherapists of Montenegro, which will be held from 6 till 8 October 2017 at the hotel "Ramada" in Podgorica, Montenegro. The theme of the congress would be "The value and importance of physiotherapy". The EC agreed the European Region Chairman and the General Secretary to attend. The secretariat would clarify the topics to be addressed and the expenditure to be covered.

 

No other Member Organisations issues were expressed or recorded.

 

7.2 European Region Future Network group

 

A teleconference was held with the European Region Future Network representatives and the General Secretary on 24 January 2017.

The report of that meeting was presented to the Executive Committee.

 

The group has decided to prepare a survey to be circulated among the Member Organisations and student contacts, which will be the milestone to decide group starting activities – promotional, material, actions MOs should develop, etc…

 

The survey will have the following structure:

 

A – Introduction and purpose

B – Questions:

1 – Questions about: Which are the main issues or concerns that students and recent graduates are facing at the moment? At national and European Region level;

2 – Questions about: Student needs related to actions, services and materials dedicated for them either by the Member Organisation or at European Region Level;

3 – Update of the information on recent graduates and students’ contacts and their relation with Member Organisations.

 

The survey would be circulated in April 2017.

 

Call for a regional facilitator of WCPT Future Network from the European Region

The European Region agreed to candidate a second English Native speaking facilitator, as the other current facilitator is French Native. By having two of the most spoken or understood languages in the Region the aim is to spread communication of both networks as much as possible.

 

8. European Issues

8.1. EU Commission

  • Proportionality Test Directive proposal

  • European Professional Card Survey

  • Mutual evaluation exercise

  • Action DG Sante – Cross border study

  • Common training test

  • Partial Access

 

The General Secretary reported on the latest developments and initiatives of the EU.

 

  • Proportionality Test Directive proposal

The European Commission has published in January 2017 a proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on a proportionality test before adoption of new regulation of professions.

The overall objective is to improve the single market for professional services providers and citizens by ensuring unjustified regulation is not creating unnecessary barriers for professionals or restricting the choice for service recipients.

 

The specific objective of this initiative is to improve the quality of the proportionality assessments required by Article 59(3) of Directive 2005/36/EC. It should apply to newly proposed requirements and in case of a revision or modification of existing ones.

- Note. The Physiotherapy profession has been already evaluated in detail by the Member States http://ec.europa.eu/DocsRoom/documents/16561/attachments/2/translations

 

The General Secretary has requested detailed clarifications to the EU Commission about this Directive implication, which were presented at the meeting.

 

The General Secretary has also held meetings with representatives of the main umbrella health professions organisations, namely Doctors, Nurses and Dentists with the aim of finding common ground for a statement on health that would be representative of the position of all the professions.

 

The Executive agreed the following actions:

  • Continue discussion with other health professions for a common position statement;

  • Prepare a document to inform European MOs about the directive proposal;

  • Continue monitoring developments of the proposal from the EU institutions.

 

  • European Professional Card Survey

The European Commission is carrying out an assessment reflecting on the first experiences of the European Professional Card (EPC) and the Alert Mechanism procedures during spring 2017.

In this context, a survey has been published seeking for input, opinions and views on the first experiences of the two initiatives from professional organisations representing any of the five EPC professions and public authorities involved in the national implementation of the two initiatives.

The survey is now available through the following website: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/EPCAlertSurvey2017  in all official EU languages.

The survey will close on the 3rd May 2017

The results of the survey will be a fundamental part of the assessment of the initiatives and will be published should the respondents have agreed to publicly disclose their contributions.

 

The survey will be circulated among Member Organisations by the General Secretary and INPTRA European Members will be also informed.

 

  • Mutual evaluation exercise

  • Action DG Sante – Cross border study

Related to the study tasked by the European Commission; DG Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) and the Consumers, Health, Agriculture, and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA), to a consortium composed by Ecorys Nederland B.V., Erasmus University Rotterdam and Spark Legal Network and Consultancy Ltd with the name: “Study on cross-border health services: potential obstacles for healthcare providers.” and Transparency and mutual evaluation of regulated professions – Physiotherapists, DG Growth and Member States, the Executive Committee agreed to follow and contact the European Commission to check if the remarks presented by the European Region have been added as appropriate and taken into consideration as discussed with EU Commission representatives.

 

  • Common training test

A new contact with the EU Commission for further discussion will be requested prior the end of June 2017.

 

  • Partial Access

The Executive Committee agreed the following actions:

- The information gathered by the European Region about the “Greek case” will be analysed in order to inform the MOs.

- The French Ordonnance covering Partial access for all health professions will be studied and evaluated.

- The possible cases leading to Partial access allowance will be evaluated by the lawyers to be prepared for intervention if needed, specifically those related to Masters In Physiotherapy for non physiotherapists.

 

8.2. ESCO – latest developments

 

The secretariat has contacted the ESCO project officers on behalf of the European Region asking about the current developments.

 

Currently, the EU Commission is consulting the Member States on the linguistic versions translation of the names of the occupations into national languages (except Gaeilge, Icelandic and Norwegian languages which will be presented at a later stage), via the Member States Working group (MSWG) on ESCO. At the present time, the definitions will be translated in a later stage.

 

The Executive Committee is concerned about the translation of our occupations listed, and in a later stage of the definitions for physiotherapy related occupations, from English into the other EU languages and has encouraged Member Organisations to proof the translation and correct where appropriate with national representatives involved.

 

The name of the occupations related to physiotherapy are:

  • Physiotherapist Assistant

  • Physiotherapist

  • Advanced Physiotherapist

 

Based on this observation and to ensure the right translation into MOs national languages of the occupations with MOs support, the EC has proposed the following actions:

 

1 - Every Member Organisation to check in the provided database if its country is listed.

 

2 – If this is the case, Member Organisation to contact those representatives listed to offer support to proof the translation of the name of the occupations related to Physiotherapy into the national language – MOs should mention that the European Region has been involved in the identification of the occupations and of the development of the definitions in English and that the General Secretary was the Chairman of the SREF for Health Occupations and Social Services of the ESCO project.

 

3 – MOs to report to the secretariat about their actions.

 

The European Region will continue monitoring the ESCO project developments and informing MOs.

 

8.3. MoU and its promotion - meeting with CPME on 12 January 2017

 

One year after the signature of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the doctors and physiotherapists in January 2016, the CPME President and European Region Chairman held a meeting in Brussels on 12 January 2017 to exchange views on respective activities of both organisations as well as on further collaboration.

 

Furthermore that meeting was also used to discuss about the mentioned Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on a proportionality test before adoption of new regulation of professions.

 

9 European Region Foundation

9.1. Report and recent developments

 

The General Secretary reported on current funding EU Options as the Foundation WG evaluates them.

 

1 – Erasmus + Lot 1

The WG is working on an abstract for a future application if it fits within the purpose of the next call.

 

2 - Erasmus + Lot 3 – Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on skills

The WG is evaluating possibilities for preparing and submitting a proposal on Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on skills – Sector Health

 

At the present time there is a call opened for the following sectors: Automotive, Defence, Maritime, Space, Textile and Tourism. 

 

A call for the health sector may be opened in October / November 2017 or early in 2018.

 

According to upcoming calls to be opened a meeting of the WG could be arranged before summer 2017.

 

10. Annual reports

10.1 ER-WCPT Chairman, WGs Chairmen and Financial

 

The 2016 annual reports, from the European Region Chairman, the WGs Chairmen and Treasurer are prepared and will be sent to the MOs for information and posted on the ER-WCPT website

The Treasurer’s report would not be posted on the website but has been already sent to the auditors appointed at the 2016 GM, Denmark and the Netherlands, for their comments and presented for approval at the 2018 GM.

 

11. WG Issues

11.1 Joint meeting of the WGs: 22 – 23 September 2017, Dublin, Ireland. Topics for discussion

 

Regarding the joint meeting of three of the European Region WGs for the period 2016 - 2018, it was reported as follows:

 

  • The joint meeting will take place in Dublin, Ireland, on 22 September 2017

  • There will be also a separate meeting of the WGs on 23 September 2017.

  • The EC will have a meeting on 21 September 2017 and will also review the facilities of the venue to host the 2016 GM.

  • The topics for discussion during the joint meeting from each WG have been agreed as follows:

  1. A European Perspective on Specialisation for Physiotherapists – Briefing paper – Education Matters WG

  2. Practical document for the MOs about Clinical Guidelines – Professional Issues WG

  3. Trends and Drivers affecting the Physiotherapy workforce within the European Region – EU Matters WG

 

The draft version of the documents from each WG will be circulated to the three WGs before summer time for revisions and comment.

 

The secretariat will prepare the agenda, call and structure of the meetings.

 

The host organisation, ISCP, will take care of the accommodation and logistics for the meeting. The General Secretary will contact the host organisations to prepare the call and registration form.

 

No other WG Issues were expressed or recorded.

 

12. Professional Issues Matters

12.1. Report on recent developments

 

The Chairman of the Professional Issues WG, Sarah Bazin, reported that the second meeting of the Working Group for the period 2016 – 2018 took place on 24 – 25 February 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden.

 

The Chairman of the Professional Issues WG presented the updated list of the activities for the period 2016 – 2018, the distribution of responsibilities among the WG members, the timetable and goals for each of the activities.

 

The Executive Committee agreed the time-plan and the actions suggested.

 

As mentioned in agenda point 11.1, the third WG meeting for the period 2016 - 2018 will take place in Dublin, Ireland in September 2017.

 

The fourth WG meeting has been provisionally planned for 18 – 20 January 2018 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

 

13 EU Matters

13.1. Report on recent developments

 

The Chairman of the EU Matters WG, Roland Craps, reported that the second meeting of the Working Group for the period 2016 – 2018 took place on 20 – 21 January 2017 in Haapsalu, Estonia.

 

The Chairman of the EU Matters WG presented the updated list of the activities for the period 2016 – 2018, the distribution of responsibilities among the WG members, the timetable and goals for each of the activities.

 

The Executive Committee agreed the time-plan and the actions suggested.

 

As mentioned in agenda point 11.1, the third WG meeting for the period 2016 - 2018 will take place in Dublin, Ireland in September 2017.

 

The fourth WG meeting has been provisionally planned for 25 – 27 January 2018 in Malta.

 

14 Education Matters

14.1. Report on recent developments

 

The Chairman of the Education Matters WG, Esther-Mary D’Arcy reported that the second meeting of the Working Group for the period 2016 – 2018 took place on 4 – 5 February 2017 in Hamburg, Germany.

 

The Chairman of the Education Matters WG presented the updated list of the activities for the period 2016 – 2018, the distribution of responsibilities among the WG members, the timetable and goals for each of the activities.

 

The Executive Committee agreed the time-plan and the actions suggested.

 

As mentioned in agenda point 11.1, the third WG meeting for the period 2016 - 2018 will take place in Dublin, Ireland in September 2017.

 

The fourth WG meeting has been provisionally planned for 1 – 3 February 2018 in Athens, Greece.

 

14.2. European Region and ENPHE collaboration

 

The Chairman of the Education WG and 2nd Vice Chair, Esther-Mary D´Arcy is working with the ENPHE subgroup on Direct Access – which is aimed at developing the educational needs to become a direct access physiotherapist professional.

 

As part of the ER-WCPT collaboration on this project, she participated in the last ENPHE meeting on 15-16 September 2016 in Graz, Austria (reported in the previous Minutes).

 

The ENPHE subgroup has analysed the findings from the workshop at the September meeting and has designed the next one to address the challenges and gaps identified in the analysis. The main challenges included the absence of autonomy related competencies in the curriculum and the reticence to introduce them into the curriculum.

 

This next workshop will take place at the ENPHE Spring Seminar in Porto (May 13th-14th, 2017). It will also include a presentation on the evidence for Direct Access (a speaker is being sourced). EMD’A will speak on an example of a national project and outcomes in Ireland.

The Education WG Chairman will also attend on behalf of the ER-WCPT.

 

The ENPHE President, Patricia Almeida, has suggested ENPHE colleagues and Education WG members to join the WCPT Network of Educators.

The Executive Committee agreed the idea and also suggested to prepare a motion for the GM to develop a European Region Network of educators, aligned to the one of WCPT. A motion will be prepared for the next EC meeting including aim, purposes, expected outcomes, added value for the MOs and how to lead and conducting the network.

 

15. Financial Matters

15.1. Report current account and Reserve fund

 

 

The Treasurer, Roland Paillex, reported that the finances of the European Region presented at the time of the meeting the following positive figures:

  • Deposit account: 108.378,09 EUR

  • Current account: 43.041,16 EUR

  • Reserve fund: 18.649,42 EUR

TOTAL: 170.058,67 EUR

 

The Treasurer also reported that he has clarified ownership, total autonomy and financial independency of the Region accounts for transparency and protection the Executive Committee members’ liabilities.

 

Finally it was noted that from 2017 the European Region is starting to build a fund - social reserve fund - to cover liabilities that may arise from contracts engaged for a period of 6 months.

 

15.2. Annual membership fee 2017

 

Roland Paillex, the European Region Treasurer reported that at the time of the meeting all 39 MOs have paid the subscription fee for 2017.

 

There is an increase of 2,67% in both money and members leading to a income from membership of 152.949,26 EUR and a total of 177.841 members in 2017.

 

Serbia is outstanding of 2016 membership and the secretariat will contact the association.

 

At the 2018 GM the treasurer will present an annual evaluation of the regional finances to see if it is necessary to continue the annual increase in 2019 and 2020.

 

 

16. Publication and Promotion

16.1 Actions for the period 2016 - 2018

  • Web site issues: Annual Update 2017, google translate and survey

  • ER promotional material, videos and presentations

 

  • Web site issues: Annual Update 2017, google translate and survey

- 17 MOs were pending of updating their national information when sending the second gentle reminder to the MOs to update their national information on the European Region website in March 2017. A final reminder to those pending will be sent in April 2017

- Following the example of WCPT of including Google translation of its website, the European Region has also included the tool at no costs and MOs have been informed.

- A pop up survey, leaded by the EU WG, to identify users of the European Region will be in place till September 2017. Based on the results it will be decided if it is needed to re-arrange the information on the website according to main users.

 

  • ER promotional material – video and new banners

- The Executive Committee agreed to prepare a presentation for those who are not familiar to the European Region and another one about direct access. John Xerri de Caro and the General Secretary will lead this action.

- The European Region will continue developing a video about the Region, its actions and role, highlighting the importance of MOs membership, how the European Region works to position physiotherapy at EU and national level and other relevant issues.

- The European Region will also explore videos from the MOs, which could be used by the Region, and other MOs.

 

 

17. European Region Congresses

17.1 Evaluation 2016 Congress – Meeting with CSP 13 January 2017

Evaluation and financial report

 

The European Region and the CSP held a face-to-face debrief meeting to review the 4th European Region Congress on Friday, 13 January 2017 at the CSP premises. The Chairman, 1st Vice Chairman and General Secretary attended on behalf of the European Region.

 

At that meeting the following issues were discussed:

  • Congress evaluation of the participants as per survey sent.

  • Abstracts publication – posted on the European Region website and MOs informed.

  • Presentations – Posted on the congress website and MOs informed.

  • Pictures of the congress – A few pictures will be provided to the European Region for promotion purposes of upcoming congresses.

  • List of participants: has been provided to the European Region according to data protection agreement of participants when registering to the congress.

  • Financial report: - was not presented at the face-to-face meeting but submitted by mail.

Since there has not been an EC meeting till the current to review both reports, as a result, the EC has some queries, and agreed to call the CSP for a meeting. The Treasurer, Roland Paillex, and the General Secretary will attend that meeting in May 2017.

 

 

17.2 Invitation for bids to host the European Region Congress 2020 – Deadline 2nd May 2017

 

The Executive Committee of the European Region has invited the Member Organisations to consider making a bid to host the 5th European Region Congress on Physiotherapy – 2020

 

This Congress will continue the work of previous congresses and further develop our profession.

 

Following the discussion held at the 2016 GM; the scope of 2020 congress will be "Physiotherapy Education linked to Professional Activity and Research”.

 

The deadline for this call for proposals is 2nd May 2017.

 

The Executive Committee will take a decision of the bids received, preparing also time plan of actions, before the end of May 2017.

 

18. 2018 GM

18.1 - 1st Announcement, invitation to WCPT, and call for awards

 

The Executive Committee reviewed the time plan for the 2018 GM and agreed the following actions:

 

  • 1st notice to the MOs to be sent on 25 April 2017, one year in advance, informing them about the venue and date, the deadline for charter amendments – 25 October 20107 - and the positions for election – Chairman, Treasurer and WCPT Board Member – Deadline for nominations 25 January 2018.

  • The General Secretary will send an invitation on behalf of the Region to the WCPT President and the CEO to attend the 2018 GM.

  • The General Secretary will also send an invitation for nominations for ER-WCPT awards to all MOs. Deadline for award committee candidates 25 September 2017. Deadline for candidates to be awarded 25 October 2017.

  • 2018 GM documents should be circulated at least by 25 February 2018

  • Besides the list of terms related to the GM documents, the summary of the main documents to be discussed which will be prepared by each WG as appropriate, the Executive Committee agreed to organise a GM explanatory morning session on 26 April 2018 prior to the GM opened to all MOs interested.

  • A note related to grants to attend the 2018 GM for MOs with financial needs will be circulated after the September EC meeting. The Treasurer will prepare it.

 

Further discussion relating to the 2018 GM would take place at the next EC meeting, which would be at the same venue as the GM.

 

18.2 - Workshop prior 2018 GM

 

The Executive Committee started the discussion on possible topics for the 2018 workshop prior to the GM, topics discussed were CPD and Direct Access.

 

It was agreed that each EC member would prepare a topic for the next EC meeting in September covering expected outcomes, benefits for the MOs and implementation issues among others.

 

The final decision of the topics will take place in September 2017, then all MOs as appropriate will be invited to contribute.

 

19. Executive Committee Issues

19.1 Revision of the European Region Charter for 2018 GM

 

The Executive Committee agreed to align regional charter to the WCPT approved charter in 2015 and editorial changes.

 

Other changes about the content will be reviewed after the 2019 WCPT GM in which a revision of the Charter is expected.

 

The WCPT Board Member, John Xerri de Caro, will prepare the 1st draft, which will be discussed by all EC members in a virtual conference on 14 June 2017 at 18 hours.

 

The General Secretary will inform the MOs about this decision within the 1st Notice for the 2018 GM.

 

19.2 Roles and principles for EC members

 

The EC has agreed to review and redefine the EC member roles, duties, principles, and activities taking also into consideration the WCPT new governance principles and rules, board members and Regional Chair roles.

 

Each EC member will define its own position by June 2017. The General Secretary will collect them and circulate among all EC members. EC members will review those roles in a virtual conference on 14 June 2017 at 18 hours.

 

19.3 Expenses of EC members

 

The Treasurer, Roland Paillex, is putting in writing the agreed rules for costs and expenditures to be covered by the European Region budget related to the EC positions’ duties.

 

20. Secretary Issues

 

No other secretariat issues were expressed or recorded.

 

21. Diary dates

 

The Diary Dates were reviewed and it was agreed to include the following dates and events.

  • 2017 May 2 – Deadline bids host 2020 European Region Congress

  • 2017 May 11 – 13 ENPHE meeting, Porto, Portugal

  • 2017 May – CSP London – 4th Congress Review

  • 2017 May – WCPT – European Region issues and others meeting

  • 2017 May – EC evaluation bids received to host 2020 European Region Congress

  • 2017 June 14 (18:00h) EC revision European Region Charter, alignment to WCPT and Editorial Changes. Roles of the EC members

  • 2017 June - 4th meeting of WHO Europe mental Health – Copenhagen, Denmark

  • 2017 June – Foundation WG meeting

  • 2017 July 1 WCPT Board Meeting

  • 2017 September 14 - Conference in Lithuania

  • 2017 September 25 – Deadline candidates Awards Committee 2018 GM

  • 2017 October 25 - Deadline to receive amendments to European Region Charter

  • 2017 October 25 – Deadline candidates Awards 2018 GM

  • 2017 November 23 - 26 – EC meeting in Athens

  • 2017 December 2 - 3 WCPT Board Meeting

  • 2018 January 12 - Deadline bids host 2020 GM European Region

  • 2018 January 25 – Deadline nominations for elections and motions 2018 GM

  • 2018 February 25 – Circulate documents for the 2018 GM

 

22. Any other business

 

No other business were expressed or recorded.

 

23. Date and place of the next meeting

 

The next Executive Committee Meeting will take place on 21 September 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. Arrival date on 20 September 2017.

 

Dates for the third meeting in 2017 were blocked for 23 – 26 November 2017, in Athens, Greece.

 

24. Closing

 

The Chairman thanked all members of the Executive Committee for their contribution.

 

She also expressed her thanks to the Croatian Council of Physiotherapists for hosting the meeting and its generous hospitality.

 

 

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