For information - approved Minutes of the Executive Committee meetingheld in Montreux, Switzerland, on 16 ­ 17 February 2018

1st Draft Minutes     

 

Minutes of the

Executive Committee Meeting

15 – 17 February 2018

Montreux, Switzerland

 

Present:

            Chairman:                                                   Sarah Bazin

            First Vice Chairman:                                 Roland Craps

            Second Vice Chairman:                          Esther-Mary D’Arcy

            Treasurer:                                                   Roland Paillex

            WCPT Board Member:                            John Xerri de Caro

            General Secretary:                                   David Gorría

 

 

Minutes

Action

1. Welcome

 

 

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

 

The Chairman particularly thanked Roland Paillex for hosting the meeting and his hospitality.

 

 

2. Approval of the minutes of the Executive Committee Meeting held on 23 – 24 November 2017, in Athens, Greece

 

 

The Minutes of the last Executive Committee Meeting, held on 23 – 24 November 2017 in Athens, Greece, were approved with minor amendments.

 

 

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3. Matters arising from the Minutes

 

 

The EC agreed to not include within the agenda of the next EC meetings the point of correspondence unless there is a topic not covered within the other agenda points.

 

No other matters arising were expressed or recorded.

 

 

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4. Approval of the agenda

 

 

The draft Agenda was agreed and approved

 

 

5. Correspondence from 27.11.2017 – to date

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

6. WCPT Issues

  1. WCPT issues
      • WCPT Executive Board Meeting 1 – 2 December 2017 & 20 – 21 April 2018
      • WCPT Membership Committee
      • WCPT 2019 GM and Congress
      • WCPT Governance Review
      • Issues of the European Region with WCPT
      • WCPT Database of experts
      • WCPT Subgroups - Their relationship to Member Organisations – WCPT Governance review
      • Addressing conflicts between different Associations in the same country.
      • Call Education WG WCPT
  2. WHO (Focus on Regional Office for Europe)
  • Mental Health group

WHO Europe Regional Committee

 

 

WCPT Board meetings

The next WCPT Board meeting is scheduled for 22nd and 23rd April 2018 in Washington DC, USA.

 

The European Region EC noted this date so that the Chairman can prepare to report on regional issues during the timeslot for Regional Chairs to join the WCPT Board meeting (by Skype)

The Member Organisations (MOs) will be informed about the dates and asked for possible issues to be addressed related to WCPT.

 

WCPT Membership Committee

There was a meeting on 8th February 2018 and the next is scheduled for 3rd April 2018.

 

Following the EC discussion, the paper regarding the role of Orders in some MOs in the ER, prepared by the WCPT Board Member with the support of the GS, to raise awareness of the developing situation and potential risk, has been accepted by WCPT -  to be evaluated and discussed within the Membership Committee.

 

WCPT 2019 GM and Congress

Regional meetings at the 2019 WCPT

The WCPT Congress 2019 will be held in Geneva 10th – 13th May 2019 with the WCPT General Meeting taking place before the congress from the 8th- 10th May.

 

WCPT has asked if the European Region is interested in holding a meeting and/or reception prior to or during the Congress, as in previous WCPT congresses.

Meeting/event rooms will be available at both the WCPT headquarters hotel and at the congress venue, Palexpo Geneva.

 

Taking into consideration that the 2019 GM is in Europe, the EC agreed to organise a Regional meeting on 7th May to discuss either Region issues or WCPT topics of the GM. A reception to thank all those who served within the EC between WCPT GM’s and welcome the European Region delegates, will follow the Regional Meeting.

 

The GS will inform WCPT and will arrange this with the support of the Treasurer and all EC members.

 

In addition, and in order to promote the 2020 European Region Congress, it was agreed to contact WCPT requesting a share of its stand at the 2019 WCPT Congress for that purpose. The Secretariat will contact WCPT and if granted, the Congress Project Board, with the involvement of all MOs, will organise this promotion.

 

WCPT Database of experts

Beta version under revision by the WCPT Board Members. Expected to be released within the 2018.

 

WCPT confirms Governance Review expert working group

Following a call to Member Organisations, the WCPT Executive Board has appointed the working group, which will support and guide the confederation’s governance review.

 

The 1st Vice Chairman, Roland Craps, nominated by Belgium (Axxon) has been selected. The EC congratulated him and wished him success.

 

WCPT Education Policy and Guidelines Expert Working Group (EPG-EWG)

WCPT is looking for members to be involved in the WCPT Education Policy and Guidelines Expert Working Group (EPG-EWG) for above-mentioned revision.

 

As recommended by the Education Matters WG, the Region will endorse any candidate from the Education Matters WG who will be willing to be involved and would also be willing to continue within the next Education Matters WG period.

 

WHO Europe

WHO Europe & Mental Health subgroup

No news has been received for further actions or meetings of the staff groups active in mental health in the WHO European Region or WHO Europe itself.

 

The European Region will continue its involvement with WHO Europe and Mental Health group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7. European Region of the WCPT Chairman Report 2016 – 2018

 

 

The Chairman presented a draft report for the period 2016 – 2018.

 

The EC members reviewed it and made some suggestions.

 

The final version would be sent to the MOs with the 2018 GM papers.

 

 

 

 

 

7.1 European Region of the WCPT Strategic Plan 2018 – 2022

 

 

The EC members reviewed the draft European Region of the WCPT Strategic Plan 2018 – 2022, including Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), prepared by the EU Matters WG.

 

The EC included some additions and agreed a final version, which will be sent to the MOs with the 2018 GM papers.

 

The EC acknowledge the good work of the EU WG.

 

 

 

 

 

8. Member Organisation Issues

 

8.1 Invitations from the MOs & Issues

 

 

  • Bosnia – Conference 2018

The European Region Chairman is attending the Conference on Education of Physiotherapist in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 20 March 2018

 

  • Bulgaria – Letter

Following a letter from the Bulgarian colleagues presenting their arguments for a possible case against the Bulgarian government before the EU Court of Justice, for inappropriate implementation of EU legislation affecting the physiotherapy profession and its regulation, the secretariat has referred the correspondence to the European Region lawyer’s bureau for their opinion. The resulting legal opinion received will be presented to the EC and to the Bulgarian MO.

 

  • Cyprus – Conference March 2018

The European Region Chairman and the 1st Vice Chairman are attending and presenting at the Cypriot Association on 2 – 4 March 2018-.

 

  • Poland – Conference March 2018

The European Region Chairman is attending and speaking at the 24th edition of the Scientific Conference in Zgorzelec, organised by the Polish MO on 15 – 16 March 2018.

 

  • Slovenia – Conference March 2018

The Chairman is meeting in Slovenia at the Ministry of Health on 8 to 10 March 2018 to discuss and present on the topics of Regulation of the physiotherapy profession and Quality assurance.

 

  • Bosnia / Herzegovina – Conference March 2018

The Chairman is attending and speaking at a conference in Sarajevo on Physiotherapy Education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.2 European Region Future Network group

 

 

As agreed at the last meeting, the GS has been in contact with appointed representatives of the European Region Future Network Group exploring new actions and initiatives to re-launch the group. A colleague from Malta (MAP) is willing to take the lead with the support of the secretariat.

 

The EC agreed:

  • Prepare a plan for action during the period 2018 – 2020
  • Allocate resources to ensure the success of the actions
  • Centralise them from the secretariat

 

 

 

 

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9. European Issues

 

9.1. EU Commission

  • Proportionality Test Directive proposal
  • European Professional Card Survey
  • Mutual evaluation exercise
  • Action DG Santé – 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 Secretariat informed the MOs on 5th December of the Press release published by the EU Parliament after the adoption by its Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee on the EU Directive proposal on a Proportionality test before adoption of new regulation of professions

 

Next step is the legislative text to be discussed and voted in the plenary of the European Parliament in 2018. 

 

Background of the Directive

EU rules aim at improving the functioning of the single market in the services sector and the mobility of professionals.

In its Services Package, the EU Commission proposed to streamline and clarify how member states should undertake a “proportionality test” before adopting or amending national rules on professional services.

 

There are over 5,500 regulated professions across the EU, with significant variations between member states, representing 22% of the labour force in all sectors of activities, such as health and social services, business services, construction, network services, transport, tourism, real estate, public services and education.

 

Current Situation

The changes introduced by Internal Market MEPs to the EU Commission proposal aim to strike a balance between the freedom of movement and consumer choice and the need to regulate professions in a non-discriminatory and proportionate way.

 

The specificity of healthcare professions, the obligation for member states to carry out public consultations in order to involve all parties concerned and give them the opportunity to make known their views, as well as cross-border provision of services, are among the issues addressed in the committee amendments, approved by 33 votes in favour and three against.

 

Regarding the regulation of professions providing healthcare services, “member states shall be granted a margin of discretion that is sufficient to ensure a high level of human health protection”, says the text.

 

The Internal Market Committee rapporteur, Andreas Schwab (EPP, DE), underlined “the good compromise found that will protect the health sector in the interest of EU citizens without harming the internal market at the same time”.

 

In order to ensure that citizens and businesses will fully benefit from adequate and proportionate rules, MEPs included a new provision requiring member states to ensure that judicial review is available in national law in respect of the legislative, regulatory or administrative provisions restricting access to or pursuit of regulated professions falling within the scope of this directive.

 

Note: The European Umbrella Health professionals association advocated for the exclusion of the health professionals from the Scope of the Directive. At the Committee this proposal was rejected. However the advocacy for exclusion will be asked for the European Plenary vote.

If not granted the exclusion, at least the recognition of the specificity of health professions have been already agreed as mentioned above.

 

  • European Professional Card (EPC)

It is expected that the European Commission will release new data and a form of evaluation on the functioning of the EPC, in early 2018, two years after its launch.

It was agreed to contact the EC offering support.

 

  • Mutual evaluation exercise

No developments to be reported at the present time since the last EC meeting.

 

  • Action DG Santé – Cross border study

Regarding the published Action DG Santé – Cross border 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 form a consortium composed of 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” – It was reported that the EU agreed to review the final version published 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.

 

The EU WG will make the revision and revert to the secretariat reporting on their findings and pointing out if a contact with the EU Commission is needed due to inaccuracies in the document.

The revision will be done before the end of February 2018.

The Executive Committee expects their evaluation report by its next meeting.

 

  • Common training test

At the present time the EU Commission – DG Growth – in charge of this action is focused on the EPC.  For this reason, the EC agreed to contact the EU Commission to ask for possible changes or start actions if the Commission is willing to support the project and a delegated act is in place. The General Secretary will make a new contact with EU Commission representatives’ prior the next EC meeting.

 

  • Partial Access

The secretariat and MOs are on the alert for possible cases leading to Partial access allowance, which will be evaluated by the Region’s lawyers, who are prepared for intervention if needed. Focus is specifically on possible cases related to Masters of Physiotherapy for non-physiotherapists.

 

  • GDPR

EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enforcement date 25 May 2018 - at which time those organisations in non-compliance will face heavy fines. 

The EU WG has agreed to inform MOs on necessary actions to be taken as an MO, providing them with an information sheet from official sources.

 

 

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9.2. ESCO – latest developments

 

 

No developments reported since the last EC meeting.

 

The European Region, through its secretariat, will continue informing its Member Organisations on the latest developments related to the European Skills/Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO) project of the EU Commission and is in contact with ESCO project officers about current developments.

 

 

 

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9.3. MoU and its promotion

 

 

The EC continues to evaluate the impact of the MoU on MOs associations and informing them of the value of the MoU’s contents.

 

The EC agreed that once the new Chairman of the European Region is elected, a meeting with the Doctors organisation (CPME) will be organised.

 

 

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10. European Region Foundation

 

10.1. Report and recent developments

 

 

The Executive Committee discussed at its last meeting how to improve the functioning and composition of the European Region Foundation WG and agreed to modify the terms of reference for the next period, 2018 – 2020, as follows

  • All Foundation WG members will have to prove experience in gaining EU funding as a criterion to be selected
  • The inclusion of a member of each of the WGs will be removed
  • ENPHE will be invited to nominate a candidate, who should fulfil the same requirements.
  • The Executive Committee will select the chair of the WG from among those selected to sit on the Foundation WG

 

This new WG orientation will be reflected in the call and terms of reference for WG members.

 

In addition, the General Secretary will start to explore themes for EU funding proposals under the grants of

  • DG Research (Horizon 2020)
  • DG Santé
  •  DG Education (Erasmus +) taking into consideration the work of the previous two years.

 

The General Secretary will report on the options to the EC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10.2. Meeting of the European Region of the WCPT Foundation after the 2018 GM (Report on actions and Appointment of new elected board members)

 

 

A meeting of the Foundation members to elect the Foundation Board of Directors will follow the European Region Executive Committee elections and will take place immediately after the 2018 GM.

 

The Foundation members will also receive a presentation of the Foundation’s actions during the period 2016 – 2018 and recommendations for next steps and actions.

 

The 1st Vice Chairman and General Secretary will prepare the call and agenda for the meeting according to the statutes of the Foundation.

 

 

 

11. WG Issues

 

 

No WG Issues were expressed or recorded.

 

 

 

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12. Professional Issues Matters

 

12.1. Report on recent developments

 

 

The Chairman of the Professional Issues WG reported that the last meeting of the Working Group for the period 2016 - 2018 was held on 18 – 20 January 2018, in La Valletta, Malta.

 

The main purpose of the meeting was:

  • Review and agree the final versions of the WG documents to be presented at the 2018 GM
  • Identify activities to be recommended for the period 2018 – 2020

 

The first PI WG meeting for the period 2018 – 2020 will take place on 27 – 29 September 2018. Place to be confirmed.

 

 

 

 

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12.2. PI WG documents for the 2018 GM

 

 

The PI WG Chairman listed the following documents from the WG to be presented to the 2018 GM aligned with the European Region Strategic Objectives (SO):

 

  • Professional Issues WG Chairman’s Report 2016 – 2018

 

  • Professional Issues WG Recommendations 2018 – 2020

 

  • Report on Clinical Guidelines and proposal on how to develop summaries of Physiotherapy Evidence - Topic GM discussion session - SO3

 

  • Database of resources / material from the MOs to be used when Promoting Physiotherapy – for information and use – SO1

 

  • Quality Assurance Standards of Physiotherapy Practice and Delivery - SO3

 

  • European Region of the WCPT Statement on Physiotherapy in Primary Care – SO2

 

PowerPoint report presentations at the 2018 GM

 

  • Database on Clinical and Multidisciplinary Guidelines and evidence informed documents published – SO3

 

  • Presentation on the G-I-N´s latest actions and how MO´s can access and use its website – SO3

 

  • Announcement of the 4th European Region Conference on Clinical Guidelines in 2018

 

The Executive Committee agreed the documents, which would be sent to the MOs with the 2018 GM papers.

 

 

 

 

 

12.3. Professional Issues WG Chairman´s Report 2016 – 2018

 

 

The Executive Committee, following the recommendation of the EU Matters WG, agreed to modify and improve the WGs Chairmen’s report structure compared with previous GMs.

The main objective of these reports would be to give a short general overview of the activities of the WG within the period. As all Member Organisations have already received the Minutes of the WGs Meetings during this period, these reports detail membership of the Working Group, dates of meetings, those responsible for the actions and main outcomes.

 

The PI WG Chairman presented a draft report for the period 2016 – 2018.

 

The EC members reviewed it and agreed.

 

The final version would be sent to the MOs with the 2018 GM papers.

 

 

 

 

 

12.4. Professional Issues WG Recommendations for the period 2016 – 2018

 

 

The Professional Issues Working Group recommends the following activities for the period 2018 – 2020. (Aligned with the European Region of the WCPT Strategic Plan)

 

The recommendations are organised as follows:

  • Active points refer to those for which the PI WG has full responsibility
  • Collaborate – Internal refers to activities of the European Region of the WCPT done collaboratively by Working Groups of the Region
  • Collaborate - External refers to activities of the European Region of the WCPT done collaboratively with external organisations

 

Active Points (1 – 5)

  1. Clinical Guidelines and Multidisciplinary Guidelines (S03): 
  1. Recommendation for MO’s to update yearly the European Region of the WCPT Guidelines database.
  2. To Maintain involvement with GIN and the Allied Health Professionals Group
  3. To hold 4th European Region conference on Clinical Guidelines in 2018
  4. Develop summaries of physiotherapy evidence

 

  1. Promote Physiotherapy: the role of Physiotherapists in the European Region (S01).
    1. To maintain and update yearly the MOs Database of material Promoting Physiotherapy in the European Region
    2. Support the #BrandingPhysiotherapy project

 

  1. Quality Assurance Standards – to update and review the Audit tool for Quality Assurance Standards of Physiotherapy Practice and Delivery (SO3)

 

  1. Physiotherapy in Primary Care – To describe the pathways to achieve Autonomy, where it is no in place, Direct Access / Self Referral, and Advanced Competencies (such as Independent prescribers, delivering Fit Notes, Imaging or others) (SO2)

 

  1. To be a point of contact for MOs regarding professional Issues (S01. S02, S03 & S04) and support them

 

Collaborate – Internal (6 – 8)

  1. With the Education Matters WG
    1. To follow up and support MOs and WGs CPD actions. (SO2, SO3 & S04).
    2. To support Advanced Practice Physiotherapy in the European Region of the WCPT
    3. To align PI WG guidelines actions with Education WG research agenda

 

  1. With the EU Matters WG:
    1. To align PI WG actions with EU Matters WG findings on drivers affecting the physiotherapy workforce in the European Region

 

  1. To contribute to the 5th European Congress of the European Region WCPT on Physiotherapy - Education - 2020 (SO1, SO2, SO3 & S04)

 

Collaborate – External (9 and 10)

  1. To promote physiotherapy through our engagement with (S04)
    1. WHO Europe Regional Office
    2. European Platform for Diet, Physical Activity and Health
      1. European Region Commitment 2018 - 2020
    3. European Forum for Primary Care
      1. Statement on Physiotherapy in Primary Care

 

  1. To collaborate on activities with relevant health related organisations

(S04)

  1. The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal (formerly Bone and Joint Decade)
  2. Fit for Work Foundation (formerly) Fit for Work of Europe Coalition
  3. World Obesity Federation
  4. ProFouND, (regarding implementation)
  5. Insurance Companies
  6. SIP - Societal Impact of Pain

 

Evaluation

  1. To carry out a midterm evaluation of the Strategic Objectives – to measure the extent to which the WG has achieved them (using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)), and to present to the GM

 

The Executive Committee agreed the proposed activities and recommendations, which would be presented and discussed at the 2018 GM.

 

 

 

 

 

13. EU Matters

 

13.1. Report on recent developments

 

 

The Chairman of the EU Matters WG reported that the last meeting of the Working Group for the period 2016 - 2018 was held on 25 – 27 January 2018, in La Valletta, Malta.

 

The main purpose of the meeting was:

  • Review and agreed the final versions of the WG documents to be presented a the 2018 GM
  • Identify activities to be recommended for the period 2018 – 2020

 

The first EU Matters WG meeting for the period 2018 – 2020 would take place on 20 – 22 September 2018. Place to be confirmed.

 

 

 

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13.2. EU Matters WG documents for the 2018 GM

 

 

The EU Matters WG Chairman listed the following documents from the WG to be presented to the 2018 GM aligned with the European Region Strategic Objectives (SO):

 

  • EU Matters WG Chairman’s Report 2016

 

  • EU Matters WG Recommendations 2018 – 2020

 

  • European Region Strategic Plan – For the period 2018 – 2022 (in line with the WCPT Strategic Plan) and Key Performance Indicators

 

  • MOs´ views of the drivers affecting the Physiotherapy workforce in the European Region Briefing paper - Topic GM discussion sessionSO4

 

  • eHealth to Improve Patients Care and Physiotherapy Services Briefing Paper – SO3

 

The EC agreed not to use the “Terms and Definitions” document at the 2018 GM, to acknowledge the work done and planned further work for the three WGs during the next period. The EC will take the initiative.

 

The Executive Committee agreed the other documents, which would be sent to the MOs with the 2018 GM papers.

 

 

 

 

 

13.3. EU Matters WG Chairman´s Report 2016 – 2018

 

 

The EU Matters Chairman presented a draft report for the period 2016 – 2018.

 

The EC members reviewed it and agreed.

 

The final version would be sent to the MOs with the 2018 GM papers.

 

 

 

 

 

13.4. EU Matters WG Recommendations for the period 2016 – 2018

 

 

The EU Matters Working Group recommends the following activities for the period 2018 – 2020. (Aligned with the European Region Strategic Plan)

 

The recommendations are organised as follows:

  • Active points refer to those for which the EU WG has full responsibility
  • Collaborate – Internal refers to activities of the European Region of the WCPT done collaboratively by Working Groups of the Region
  • Collaborate - External refers to activities of the European Region of the WCPT done collaboratively with external organisations

 

Active Points (1 – 4)

  1. Review and respond to EU developments related to the Physiotherapy profession in Europe focusing on. (S04)
    1. Directive on Proportionality Test
    2. European Professional Card and physiotherapy work force mobility issues
    3. Common training Framework Test
    4. Work plan and initiatives of EU institutions 2019 - 2023

 

  1. Inform and seek expert opinion from the MOs to EU developments and consultations. (SO4)

 

  1. Review the progress made in Legislation at National levels with regards to the autonomy of the physiotherapy profession. (SO2)

 

  1. Advocate for the recognition of physiotherapy as an autonomous profession.  (SO4)

 

Collaborate – Internal (5)

  1. To contribute to the 5th European Congress of the European Region WCPT on Physiotherapy - Education - 2020 (SO3)

 

Collaborate – External (6 – 7)

  1. Lead and engage with EU and National health policy development (SO4)
    1. WHO Europe Regional Office
    2. EU Commission: DG Sanco (EU Health Forum, EU Health Work force, European Platform for Diet, Physical Activity and Health) DG Education, DG Market, DG Employment, DG Growth and DG Research
    3. European Forum for Primary Care
    4. The Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal (formerly Bone and Joint Decade)
    5. Fit for Work Foundation (formerly) Fit for Work of Europe Coalition
    6. EPHA European Public Health Alliance
    7. Others

 

  1. Collaborate and engage with organisations and networks at EU level to demonstrate the value and impact of physiotherapy (SO1) & (SO4) see above

 

Evaluation

  1. To carry out a mid-term evaluation of the Strategic Objectives – to measure the extent to which the WG has achieved them (using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)), and to present to the GM

 

The Executive Committee agreed the proposed activities and recommendations, which would be presented and discussed at the 2018 GM

 

 

 

 

 

14. Education Matters

 

14.1. Report on recent developments

 

 

The Chairman of the Education Matters WG reported that the last meeting of the Working Group for the period 2016 - 2018 was held on 1 – 3 February 2018, in Athens, Greece.

 

The main purpose of the meeting was:

  • Review and agreed the final versions of the WG documents to be presented a the 2018 GM
  • Identify activities to be recommended for the period 2018 – 2020

 

The first Education Matters WG meeting for the period 2018 – 2020 would take place on 6 – 8 October 2018. Place to be confirmed.

 

 

 

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14.2. Education Matters WG documents for the 2018 GM

 

 

The Education Matters WG Chairman listed the following documents from the WG to be presented to the 2018 GM aligned with the European Region Strategic Objectives (SO):

 

  • Education Matters WG Chairman’s Report 2016 – 2018

 

  • Education Matters WG Recommendations 2018 – 2020

 

  • Expected Minimum Competencies for an entry level Physiotherapist in the European Region of the WCPT Guidance document

Topic GM discussion session - SO2

 

  • Advanced Practice Physiotherapy in the European Region of the WCPT Position Statement – SO3

 

  • Promoting Research in Physiotherapy in the European Region of the WCPT Briefing Paper – SO3

 

The Executive Committee agreed the documents, which would be sent to the MOs with the 2018 GM papers.

 

 

 

 

 

14.3. Education Matters WG Chairman´s Report 2016 – 2018

 

 

The Education Matters WG Chairman presented a draft report for the period 2016 – 2018.

 

The EC members reviewed it and agreed.

 

The final version would be sent to the MOs with the 2018 GM papers.

 

 

 

 

 

14.4. Education Matters WG Recommendations for the period 2016 – 2018

 

 

The Education Matters Working Group recommends the following activities for the period 2018 – 2020 (Aligned with the European Region of the WCPT Strategic Plan)

 

The recommendations are organised as follows:

  • Active points refer to those for which the EDU WG has full responsibility
  • Collaborate – Internal refers to activities of the European Region of the WCPT done collaboratively by Working Groups of the Region
  • Collaborate - External refers to activities of the European Region of the WCPT done collaboratively with external organisations

 

Active Points (1 – 5)

  1. Policy Statement on Physiotherapy Education of the European Region of the WCPT – Align according to expected 2019 WCPT GM documents on Education. (SO2 & SO3)

 

  1. Expected Minimum Competencies for an entry level Physiotherapist in the European Region – A Guidance document – Align according to expected 2019 WCPT GM documents on Education. (SO2 & SO3).

 

  1. Develop infographics for use by the MOs for advocacy purposes (education and practice) (SO4, SO2 & SO3)
  • Expected Minimum Competencies for an entry level Physiotherapist in the European Region
  • Advanced Practice Physiotherapy in the European Region
  • Promoting Research in Physiotherapy in the European Region

 

  1. Screen Education Matters WG related documents to determine if revision or updates are required. (SO3)

 

  1. Review the questions on the database – annually updated by the MOs – with the aim of improving the accuracy of the responses and thereby obtaining a more representative picture of the Profession. (SO3 & SO4)
  • Questions to be reviewed, designed and validated
  • Other topics to be included such as QA, eLearning or trends on degrees

 

Collaborate – Internal (6)

  1. To contribute to the 5th European Congress of the European Region WCPT on Physiotherapy - Education - 2020 (SO1, SO2, SO3 & S04)

 

Collaborate – External (7–8)

  1. To collaborate with relevant organisations related to physiotherapy education such as ENPHE (SO3).

 

  1. To follow up and engage in EU or international initiatives affecting physiotherapy education such as ESCO (SO4 & SO3)

 

Evaluation

  1. To carry out a midterm evaluation of the Strategic Objectives – to measure the extent to which the WG has achieved them (using Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)), and to present to the GM

 

The Executive Committee agreed the proposed activities and recommendations, which would be presented and discussed at the 2018 GM

 

 

 

 

 

14.5. European Region of the WCPT and ENPHE collaboration & Congress 2020

 

 

The Education Matters WG Chairman updated on the ongoing collaboration with ENPHE.

 

The Chairman is on the ENPHE subgroup on Direct Access – which is aimed at developing the educational needs to become a direct access professional. The final statement was agreed after the last conference in Iceland which the Chairman could not attend as the dates coincided with the joint WG meetings. The Chairs of both groups have agreed to inform one another of dates of respective meetings to avoid overlap.

 

Information:

The ENPHE Board has been informed of the dates and venue of 5th European Congress.

 

As with previous congresses, the European Region has invited ENPHE to collaborate and offered it a place on the Scientific Committee. The ENPHE nominee must fulfil the requirements of the call (for members to the Scientific Committee).

 

The European Region has also invited ENPHE colleagues to attend as observers at the 2018 General Meeting on 26 – 28 April 2018, in Dublin, Ireland.

Their participation is an opportunity for both organisations to strengthen liaison and also to further discuss proposals for a European Educators’ Network, competencies required for autonomous and direct access practitioners, and possible collaboration on EU funding.

 

Since at the time of the meeting no response has been received from ENPHE, the GS will contact ENPHE again.

 

Next ENPHE meetings are planned for:

  • Seminar on: 13 & 14 April 2018 Roskilde, Denmark
  • Conference on: 21 & 22 September 2018 Paris, France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15. Financial Matters

 

15.1. Report current account and Reserve fund

 

 

The Treasurer reported the current Financial position of ER-WCPT:

  • Current account: 111.523,84 EUR
  • Deposit account: 30.378,84 EUR - including
  • Reserve fund: 18.149,42 EUR
  • Social found: 3.500,00 EUR

 

The Treasurer reported that, at the time of the meeting 27 Member Organisations had paid the subscription fees for 2018.

 

The Treasurer asked the General Secretary to send a reminder to the 12 Member Organisations, who had not yet paid the subscription fee for 2018.

(Austria, Cyprus, France, Israel, Italy, Norway, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey)

 

Regarding the request received to support FYSS document translation and on the basis of the 2017 Balance and 2018 Budget, the EC agreed and confirmed that the Region is not in a position to make a contribution. Swedish colleagues will be informed about the EC decision.

 

 

 

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15.2. Treasurer´s report 2016 – 2017 

 

 

The 2017 Financial Report was presented and agreed by the EC.

 

The EC suggested changes to some headings of the Balance Sheet reporting lines. Once added the 2017 Financial report would be submitted to the 2018 GM auditors (Netherlands and Denmark)

 

 

 

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15.3. Draft Budget 2019 – 2020 

 

 

The treasurer presented the EC with a budget proposal for the years 2019 – 2020. This proposal covered heading changes suggested above and the previous agreement for engaging part-time Secretarial support for the headquarters in Brussels.

 

The Executive Committee agreed the budget, which will be sent to the MOs with all the 2018 GM papers.

 

It was confirmed that as requested by the 2016 GM, the Treasurer will give a presentation at the 2018 GM on Financial Trends of the Region.

 

 

 

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15.4. 2019 and 2020 Membership fee

 

 

Based on the budget proposal, the EC decided and agreed that there is no need to increase the regional fee.

 

The annual regional fee for 2019 and 2020 will be 0.86 EUR cents per capita.

 

 

 

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16. Publication and Promotion

 

16.1 Actions for the period 2016 - 2018

  • Web site issues: Annual Update 2018
  • ER promotional material – video and new banners
  • Presentation for those not familiar with the European Region and Autonomy & Direct Access

 

 

  • Annual Update of the ER-WCPT website.

The Secretariat sent an e-mail to the European Region MOs asking them to update their national information on the website in January 2018.

A gentle reminder will be sent in due course.

 

  • Presentation for those not familiar with the European Region and Autonomy & Direct Access – ER promotional material – video and new banners

- The Executive Committee agreed to include these actions within those planned for the period 2018 – 2020 for Publication and Promotion and linked to the related planned activities of the Education Matters WG and Professional Issues WG.

The different perceptions of Direct Access among MOs, due to the diversity of health systems across the European Region and other factors, such as reimbursement and private or public physiotherapy practice, were discussed. WCPT Board Member and the General Secretary will lead these actions.

 

- The European Region will also continue developing a video about the Region, its actions and role, highlighting the importance of MOs membership, how the ER works to position physiotherapy at EU and national level and other relevant issues. This video will be included within the project #Branding Physiotherapy.

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

- New banners for the office – After the workshop in April 2018 and outcomes, the Secretariat may request a new banner design and print for the office – including a new visual and the new website address. (Current banners are from 2009)

 

 

 

 

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16.2. Branding #physiotherapy, #MOs & #ERWCPT

 

 

The General Secretary presented an analysis of the MOs responses to Questionnaire to evaluate their use of social media and communication.

 

The questionnaire gathered information from 36 of the 39 MOs about:

A- Tools that each Member Organisation use for communication e.g. twitter, Facebook, website, Instagram, YouTube channel, electronic newsletters.

B- The support that MOs would like to receive for their communication strategy and branding of Physiotherapy

C- Needs, challenges and opportunities for branding Physiotherapy and developing r Organisation’s communication.

 

The outcomes of the questionnaire will be the basis of designing the workshop in April 2018 and the actions to be carried out by the Region within the project

 

The Executive requested the GS to circulate the report among the MOs.

 

 

 

 

 

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16.3. 20 year of the European Region in 2018

 

 

The European Region is celebrating its 20 years in 2018.

 

As agreed at the last meeting and in order to express gratitude to all those who have worked for and supported the development of the Region the EC has agreed to:

 

  • Invite all the previous EC members who served between 1998 and 2018 to the GM Gala Dinner in Dublin. The GS will send invitations to them and the Region will cover the dinner’s cost.
  • Flights and two night’s accommodation will only be covered for the previous Chairman of the Region (1998-2010), Antonio Lopes,

 

The General Secretary will contact the invited guests.

 

In addition the EC discussed and agreed to prepare a kind of “20 years commemoration” gift to be distributed among the MOs. Some ideas were suggested and the GS will request budgets in order to develop those gifts prior the 2018 GM.

 

 

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16.4. Publication and Promotion report 2016- 2018

 

 

It was agreed to prepare a Publication and promotion report for the period 2016 – 2018. The General Secretary will undertake this and the report will also be sent to the MOs with the 2018 GM papers.

 

 

 

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16.5. Publication and Promotion recommendations 2018- 2020

 

 

The General Secretary has prepared suggestions of activities on Publication and Promotion for the period 2018 - 2020.

 

The Chairman has reviewed the proposed activities. The recommended activities for publication and promotion for the period 2018 – 2020 will be sent to the MOs with the 2018 GM papers for approval during the assembly.

 

 

 

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17. European Region of the WCPT Congresses

 

17.1. 5th European Congress of the European Region WCPT on Physiotherapy - Education - 2020

 

17.1.1 Host organisation, venue, date – Project Board

 

17.1.2 Time plan and budget – registration fees

 

17.1.3 Theme of the congress and Scientific Committee - Call

 

17.1.4 Logo, website and marketing strategy

 

17.1.5 Organisations to collaborate with - ENPHE - INPTRA

 

 

The General Secretary reported that, after contacts with Axxon, the Belgian Association, and the EC agreement on the budget for the European Region Congress, a congress announcement / save the date was released to the MOs and an article published in the Regional newsletter.

 

The 5th European Congress of the European Region WCPT on Physiotherapy – Education – in 2020 will be hosted by Axxon, Physical Therapy in Belgium, and held at the KUL facilities, University of Leuven, on 11 – 12 September 2020.

 

The EC has started preparations and have already agreed a Congress´ time-plan. The time plan was reviewed and the following actions were agreed:

 

  • Call for members of the Scientific Committee to be sent on 19 February 2018
  • Contract for the Congress between the European Region and Axxon drafted and sent to Axxon for signature by 1st of March 2018
  • Deadline for Axxon to sign the contract fixed on 8 March 2018
  • Discussion and preparation of the Logo Congress prior the 2018 GM - It is agreed to keep continuity of the skyline of the city hosting the congress.
  • Deadline for Scientific Committee candidates’ expression of interest fixed on 26 March 2018.
  • Telephone conference of the EC to select the Scientific Committee (SC) members of the Congress fixed on 6 April 2018
  • Presentation by Axxon at the 2018 GM of the Congress´ venue – 26 – 28 April 2018
  • 1st Meeting of the Scientific Committee of the Congress on 11 May 2018
  • 1ST Meeting of the Congress Project Board scheduled on 7 June 2018
  • Other associations collaborating in the Congress:
    • ENPHE has already been contacted and agreed in principle and as in previous occasions to be involved. A second e-mail has been sent to ENPHE confirming the dates, venue and the offer for a seat in the SC. No answer has been received at the time of the meeting and for this reason the GS will send a gentle reminder.

 

Further discussion about the 5th Congress will take place at the next EC meeting.

 

 

 

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18. 2018 GM

 

18.1 – Matters arising from the 2016 GM

18.2 – Preparation arrangements for the 2018 GM

 

 

Following the timetable for the 2018 General Meeting, which would be held on 26 – 28 April 2018, in Dublin, Ireland, it was reported that all the activities planned had been undertaken.

 

It was also reported that Phil Gray had accepted the invitation of the Executive Committee to be the Presiding Officer of the General Meeting.

EC Members would meet him in Dublin to review the agenda and topics.

 

It was also reported that the WCPT President and CEO had accepted the European Region invitation to attend the 2018 GM.

 

The GS will coordinate the reservation and bookings of the EC members and European Region guests.

 

The agenda and structure for the 2018 GM was reviewed and agreed with its related meetings.

 

At the GM there will also two discussion sessions, one to discuss topics – documents from each WG and a second on the 2018 - 2020 activities / recommendations of each WG.

 

Documents for the 2018 GM: The agenda and documents for the 2018 GM will be circulated and be available, at the latest, by 26 February 2018.

 

A meeting of the Foundation members to elect the Foundation Board of Directors will follow the European Region Executive Committee elections and will take place immediately after the 2018 GM.

 

Observers:

The EC agreed to invite the following in an observer capacity:

a) Representatives from the Jordanian association.

b) ENPHE

c) The EC reviewed inviting the Orders and will make a decision after discussing with WCPT and the MO’s affected.

 

Ireland as host may present a few national suggestions to attend as observers

 

Auditors 2018 GM:  The last GM appointed The Netherlands and Denmark as the auditors for the 2018 GM.

Action: The Secretariat will contact the MOs and put them in contact with the Treasurer to review the 2016-18 accounts.

Auditors 2020 GM: EC suggested Spain and Estonia to be confirmed following the elections at the GM.

 

The EC thanked the ISCP for all the support with the preparations.

 

 

 

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18.3 - Workshop prior 2018 GM - – Branding Physiotherapy

 

 

The EC had agreed at its last meeting the topic for the 2018 workshop prior to the GM as also mentioned in agenda point 15.2

 

The topic is Branding #physiotherapy, #MOs & #ERWCPT. The MOs have been already informed about this within the second notice.

 

As agreed by the EC and announcement to the MOs within the 2nd notice, a Workshop for European Region delegates would be held on 25 April 2018 at the same venue as the 2018 General Meeting. The workshop topic is Branding #physiotherapy, #MOs & #ERWCPT

 

Agenda and supporting material for the workshop would be prepared and circulated among the MOs.

 

 

 

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18.4 – ER-WCPT Awards and Welcome Reception

 

 

The recognition of those receiving the 2018 GM awards will take during the 2018 GM welcome reception.

 

The General Secretary will contact successful and unsuccessful nominees informing them of the EC decision taken at the last EC meeting.

 

Awards Pin and diploma recognition will be prepared by the Secretariat.

 

At the welcome reception the announcement of the venue for the 2020 GM of the European Region will also take place.

 

 

 

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18.5 – Motions and Elections for the 2018 GM

 

 

Motions

The GS reported that no motions have been received from the MOs for the 2018 GM.

 

As agreed under agenda point 15.4, the EC will propose that the annual regional fee for 2019 and 2020 continues being 0.86 EUR cents per capita, for the MOs to adopt.

 

Elections:

The General Secretary reported that, at the closing date for nominations for the European Region Executive Committee, the following were received by the secretariat of the Region in due time:

 

Position: Chairman of the European Region

 

Candidates: Esther-Mary D´Arcy (Ireland)

 

Position: Treasurer of the European Region

 

Candidates: Roland Paillex (Switzerland)

 

Position: WCPT Board Member

 

Candidates: Olivier-Jean Marty (France)

                        John Xerri de Caro (Malta)

 

Position: 1st and 2nd Alternates Member of the European Region Executive Committee

 

Candidates: Unnur Pétursdóttir (Iceland)

                        Carmen Suarez (Spain)

 

Position: Alternate WCPT Board Member

 

Candidates: No candidatures received

 

The CVs and statements from the candidates would be circulated with all the 2018 GM documents.

 

The EC congratulated Esther-Mary and Roland Paillex on their election as they were un-opposed. In the case of Esther-Mary, as she is currently the 2nd Vice Chairman, at the moment of her election at the 2018 GM as Chairman, a new vacancy will open in the EC for the two remaining years for which she was elected as 2nd Vice Chairman.

The EC agreed to inform the MOs about this situation, so they can bring already signed and endorsed forms for those willing to stand as candidate for 2nd Vice Chairman. The procedure of the vote was reviewed and MOs will be informed about the elections order and possible scenarios.

 

The EC thank those Member Organisations who submitted nominations and the candidates for their participation in the election process.

 

 

 

18.6 - Invitation for Bids 2020 GM

 

 

The General Secretary reported that six applications had been received in the Secretariat to host the 2020 General Meeting from the following Member Organisations and venues:

  1. Croatia, Dubrovnik
  2. Czech Republic, Prague
  3. Iceland, Reykjavik
  4. Israel, Tel-Aviv
  5. Serbia, Belgrade
  6. Montenegro, Budva

 

After analysing the election criteria, i.e. costs, location, distance from an international airport, good flight connections, accessibility, estimated total costs, social programme, good standing in the European Region, previous GM venues and best candidate’s justification, the Executive Committee unanimously agreed to accept the proposal from Czech Republic to host the next General Meeting in 2020. An announcement will be made at the welcome reception of the 2018 General Meeting.

The General Secretary would write official letters to announce the result to the candidates.

 

The EC thank all those Member Organisations who submitted bids and recognised the work involved in the preparation of each of them.

 

 

 

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19. Executive Committee Issues

 

19.1 European Region of the WCPT Charter alignment to the WCPT 2015 Articles

 

 

The EC reviewed the last draft version of the European Region of the WCPT Charter alignment to the WCPT 2015 Articles.

 

The agreed final version will be sent to the MOs with the 2018 GM papers.

 

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

However the EC agreed to ask the GM permission for a specific amendment regarding the alternate members.

 

WCPT Board Member, John Xerri de Caro, will make the presentation of the Charter revision at the 2018 GM

 

 

 

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19.2 Roles and principles for EC members

 

 

The GS has circulated among the MOs the agreed version of the EC member roles and responsibilities.

 

The EC agreed and noted that this document can be updated at any time for the inclusion or re-allocation of responsibilities and tasks as appropriate. It has already asked the EC members to reflect on a new possible task for the WCPT Board Member as the liaison with other WCPT Regions.

 

 

 

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19.3 Expenses of EC members

 

 

The 2nd Vice Chairman sent to the EC members a revision of the rules for costs and expenditures to be covered by the ER budget related to the EC positions and duties, based on the document from the Treasurer.

 

The guidance document / terms of reference will be used by the EC members. and updated when necessary according to the European Region activities.

 

 

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20. Secretary Issues

 

 

It was reported that the Treasurer has included in the draft budget for the years 2019 – 2020, an amount to cover the engagement of a second person, part time, to support the actions of the General Secretary for the European Region.

 

The General Secretary has listed the activities and actions that he is planning to delegate and the profile to be fulfilled. The EC agreed and made some suggestions.

 

In March 2018, the GS will prepare an announcement for a person working part-time, one or two days a week, for a two year period.

 

No other secretariat issues were expressed or recorded.

 

 

 

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21. Diary dates

 

 

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

  • 2018 March 2 – European Forum for Primary Care meeting
  • 2018 April 6 – EC Telephone Conference
  • 2018 April 13/14 – ENPHE Seminar, in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2018 May 11 – Scientific Committee meeting of the 5th Congress on Physiotherapy of the of the European Region in 2020
  • 2018 June 7 – Project Board meeting of the 5th Congress on Physiotherapy of the of the European Region in 2020
  • 2018 June 8 – 9 – EC meeting in Brussels, Belgium
  • 2018 September 20 – 22 – ENPHE Conference, in Paris, France
  • 2018 September 20 – 22 – EU Matters WG, Venue TBC
  • 2018 September 27 – 29 – Professional Issues WG, Venue TBC
  • 2018 October 6 – 8 – Education Matters WG, Venue TBC
  • 2018 October 23 – 24 - 4th Conference of the European Region on Clinical Guidelines, the Netherlands

 

 

22. Any other business

 

 

No other business was expressed or recorded.

 

 

 

 

23. Date and place of the next meeting

 

 

The next Executive Committee Meeting will take place on 24 April 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. Arrival date on 23 April 2018.

 

The dates of the first meeting for the period 2018 – 2020 were suggested as 8 – 9 June 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. The dates and venue would be fixed after the EC elections.

 

 

24. Closing

 

 

The Chairman thanked all members of the Executive Committee for their contributions during the meeting.

 

She also expressed her thanks to Roland Paillex for hosting the meeting and his hospitality.

 

 

Reklama

Vážení členové, vzhledem k tomu, že termín splatnosti členského příspěvku pro rok 2018 již uplynul, dovolujeme si Vás laskavě požádat, abyste si překontrolovali své platby a případně členský příspěvek uhradili. Děkujeme a přejeme příjemný konec léta.