European Region of the WCPT Newsletter 63 - April 2019
In this issue:
- Editorial: The Chair’s corner
- European Region Welcome Reception in Geneva – WCPT 2019 - 7th May 2019
- 5th European Congress of the European Region WCPT on Physiotherapy Education 2020
- Resignation of Roland Paillex, Treasurer from the Executive Committee of the European Region
- AUDIT TOOLS – for use with the Quality Assurance Standards of Physiotherapy Practice and Delivery
- Video now available on the 4th Conference Clinical Guidelines ER-WCPT
- European Region Database of material promoting Physiotherapy - Update and Best practice (2019)
- European Region Manifesto for the 2019 European Elections
- Health Systems in the EU: Commission publishes report on tools and methodologies to assess the efficiency of health care services
- Obesity - The Social and Economic Impact of Preventing and Treating Obesity
- EU Funding
- Breaking the childhood obesity vicious cycle: Commission launches EU Health Award for cities, NGOs and schools
- Assessing the impact of digital transformation of health services
- Eurostat - How much exercise do you do in a week?
Editorial: The Chair’s corner
Welcome to the April Newsletter. I hope signs of Spring are showing themselves in your country.
I was delighted to visit our Member Organisation in Iceland recently ahead of the Professional Issues Working Group that we held there. It was an opportunity to meet with members of the Icelandic Association as well as with representatives from the national primary care authority and the Health ministry.
It is a busy time as all Member Organisations prepare for the WCPT General Meeting and to go to Congress. I am looking forward to seeing Georgia and Kosovo among the new members of WCPT as well as Montenegro in its new form. There are a large number of new Member Organisations for approval and it is great to see WCPT growing so much in the last four years.
I am very excited about the Congress – the programme is fantastic; preplanning seems to be essential to maximise participation. I am hoping to see hundreds of participants from all the countries of the European Region. I hope that those of you who will be there will be able to bring back all the new knowledge and share it with your colleagues who are unable to attend.
European Region Welcome Reception in Geneva – WCPT 2019 - 7th May 2019
The Executive Committee of the European Region of the WCPT is holding a reception to welcome the European Delegates to the 2019 WCPT GM and Congress on 7th May 2019 in Geneva.
This will also be an opportunity to recognise the contribution of the former members (as named below) of the Executive Committee since the 2015 WCPT GM and to thank them for their work for the European Region.
- Sarah Bazin (United Kingdom)
- Sonia Souto (Spain)
- Gerhard Eder (Austria)
- Roland Paillex (Switzerland)
5th European Congress of the European Region WCPT on Physiotherapy Education 2020
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Resignation of Roland Paillex, Treasurer from the Executive Committee of the European Region
It is with deep regret we announce the resignation of Roland Paillex as Treasurer of the European Region WCPT due to health reasons.
We wish Roland well and acknowledge our deepest gratitude for his dedication and the great job he accomplished as Treasurer of the Region. These past years he has shown an extraordinary capacity and devotion to the role which will be difficult to match. Roland leaves the European Region a better organisation in terms of improved clarity of accountability and a better financial system for future Treasurers.
As a consequence of this resignation, Unnur Pétursdóttoir, the First Alternate Executive Committee member, will take over the position of Treasurer for the remaining elected period, after a handover period, on 1st July. We welcome Unnur to the position and look forward to working with her.
AUDIT TOOLS – for use with the Quality Assurance Standards of Physiotherapy Practice and Delivery
The Quality Assurance Standards of Physiotherapy Practice and Delivery were formally adopted at the General Meeting in Dublin, Ireland, in April 2018.
The Professional Issues Working Group has developed a set of Audit Tools to assist members to evaluate their practice against these standards.
The Audit Tools are now available on the ERWCPT website!
Video now available on the 4th Conference Clinical Guidelines ER-WCPT
We are delighted to announce that for the first time we have a video of our most recent Clinical Guidelines Conference, held last December in the Netherlands. The aim in recording the conference was to make the presentations of the conference available to as many physiotherapists as possible.
All the videos and presentation from the Conference are already available through this link.
European Region Database of material promoting Physiotherapy - Update and Best practice (2019)
To provide information for the Member Organisations on resources for promoting Physiotherapy in the European Region, the Professional Issues Working Group created a database matrix. This database gives an overview of the existing information provided by the Member Organisations.
Member Organisations can look at all the information provided and contact other MOs to discuss the possibility of sharing and adapting some of the promotional information.
To be able to work with the database it is important that the information is kept updated on the ER-WCPT website. For this reason, all Member Organisations are asked to complete and update the website section on promoting physiotherapy on a regular basis or when some new products have been developed.
We would also like to highlight examples of promoting physiotherapy by MOs in the next newsletters of the ER-WCPT. Let us know, if you are doing something really exciting to promote physiotherapy so we can share your experience in the next newsletters. Please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
European Region Manifesto for the 2019 European Elections
‘To keep the European population healthy’
ER-WCPT calls on the European Institutions to ensure a 2019-2024 strategy to keep the European Population active and healthy.
Physiotherapists are committed to continuing the collaboration with the EU institutions and to the European population by:
- Enabling European citizens to be healthier throughout the lifespan
Physiotherapists recommend that all citizens should undertake daily exercise.
- Enhancing the health workforce
As essential members of the healthcare team, governments must ensure there are sufficient physiotherapists to meet the needs of the public now and sufficient university places for physiotherapy students to meet workforce planning needs in the future.
- Reducing patient waiting lists, length of hospital stay and re-admission rates
Physiotherapists as first contact practitioners in primary care improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.
We believe that by working together we can achieve the best outcome for the health of the European Citizens
EU Public Health Alliance & European Region WCPT - First ever European Public Health WEEK!
To celebrate healthy populations and raise awareness of public health, EU Public Health Alliance (EUPHA) and the European Commission are launching the European Public Health WEEK (EUPHW) from 13th to 17th May 2019, with the support from the WHO Regional Office for Europe.
In another first for the European Region, as a partner of EUPHA, we are collaborating on the activities related to ‘Becoming, being and remaining physically active’ (on Monday 13th ) and ‘Youth mental health’ (on Friday 17th) .
For further information:
- Monday 13 May - Becoming, being and remaining physically active
- Tuesday 14 May - Healthy environments
- Wednesday 15 May - Care 4 care
- Thursday 16 May - Sustainable and healthy diets
- Friday 17 May - Youth mental health
Health Systems in the EU: Commission publishes report on tools and methodologies to assess the efficiency of health care services
The EU Expert Group on Health Systems Performance Assessment (HSPA) has published in April its report titled "Tools and methodologies to assess the efficiency of health care services in Europe: an overview of current approaches and opportunities for improvement".
National health care systems across Europe are increasingly confronted with the complex challenge of reconciling rising demand for health care services with available resources as a means to safeguard their long-term sustainability. At the same time, a consensus is emerging among researchers that up to 20% of current expenditure in modern health care systems can be categorised as either ineffective or wasteful. As European governments seek to exploit opportunities to reconfigure resources within their national health systems to deliver better-value care, the design complexity inherent to health care systems, as well as a series of methodological and data-related limitations, render the identification of specific sources of inefficiency in healthcare a difficult endeavour in practice.
In this context, the EU Expert Group on HSPA noted that the development of tools and methodologies to assess health care efficiency in Europe is still relatively in its infancy, and that the resulting analytical shortcomings expose health policy-makers seeking to improve efficiency to the risk of misinterpreting the (partial) information at their disposal, with consequences that, at best, may fail to address inefficiency, and that, at worst, can lead to patient harm.
Devising a more advanced array of instruments to analyse, measure and assess efficiency of care – as well as spelling out their specific limitations – is therefore a crucial step to enable health policy-makers to correctly detect inefficient practice and design policy interventions that can enhance efficiency without unintended consequences on access and/or quality of care.
This report aims at supporting national health policy-makers in their ongoing efforts to improve their set of tools and methodologies to assess the efficiency of their health care systems, as a means to help them design more effective, evidence-based policy interventions.
Based on a summary of the main theoretical concepts related to health care efficiency, an overview of country experiences gathered via an internal survey and an in-depth analysis of strategies aimed at increasing efficiency of health care services, the report presents a selection of opportunities for European countries to improve their methods (and their use) to assess the efficiency of health care services.
For more information: Download the report
Obesity - The Social and Economic Impact of Preventing and Treating Obesity
The EASO Policy Conference 2019 – “The Social and Economic Impact of Preventing and Treating Obesity” will take place on Thursday 16th May at the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels. The event is being held in conjunction with European Obesity Day (EOD) 2019.
This is a high-level conference on the European obesity epidemic and the crucial role and impact of prevention and treatment and the European Region WCPT will attend.
The event will be chaired by John Bowis, former UK Minister of Health and former MEP. Speakers will include representatives from the EU Institutions, OECD, WHO, Member States, academia, healthcare professionals, disease and therapeutic associations.
This interactive conference will consist of a series of panel discussions with the opportunity for extensive audience participation.
The agenda and more event information can be found here.
EU Health Programme: Adoption of the work plan 2019
For detailed information go to the related site
Breaking the childhood obesity vicious cycle: Commission launches EU Health Award for cities, NGOs and schools
The European Commission has launched on 1st of April the 2019 EU Health Award for cities, NGOs and schools. This year the EC is aiming to reward initiatives seeking to prevent and reduce obesity in children and young people (6-18 years).
In 2015, around 1 in 3 children in the EU aged 6-9 years old was overweight. Especially alarming is the fact that physical activity tends to drop between the ages of 11 and 15 years in most European countries. The role of cities, NGOs and schools is crucial in the effort to prevent and reduce obesity in children and young people.
Interested parties are invited to check the eligibility criteria and present details of their initiative by 13 May 2019 at 11.00 (morning) CET, Brussels time, using the online form. Initiatives could include, for example, actions creating awareness raising campaigns, preventing overweight with the support of mobile health (mHealth), engaging with health care professionals through training, among others.
For more information: 2019 EU Health Award for cities, NGOs and schools
Assessing the impact of digital transformation of health services
Opinion by the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health (EXPH)
Document. Download the opinion
Eurostat - How much exercise do you do in a week?
Around 28 % of the European Union (EU) population aged 16 years or over did not do any exercise outside working time in 2017, in contrast with the rest of the EU population, who undertook some form of sports, fitness or recreational activities in their leisure time.
In a typical week, just over one quarter (27 %) of the EU population exercised for up to 3 hours, 17 % for between 3 and 5 hours and 28 % for 5 hours or more.