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Program of the 12th EPSO Conference
November 3-4 2011
Hosted by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority
at the Linen Hall Library (see map below)
Belfast Northern Ireland
The 12th EPSO Conference was held on 3-4 November 2011, on the invitation of the Northern
Ireland health and social care regulator, The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority, at the Linen Hall Library in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The conference is free of charge (for EPSO members and invited guests only)
Before the conference on 3 November 2011 there will be an open invitation to all delegates to visit the offices of RQIA in Belfast from 13:00 hrs. to meet staff over lunch and find out about RQIA regulation processes .
Main topics of the Belfast conference
a. Regulation and supervision of Children’s Health and Social Care services This topic will be prepared by Suzanne Rutz, Integrated Supervision of Youth Affairs (ITJZ) and Kees Reedijk,expert on childrens’ supervision, Netherlands Youth Care inspectorate (Inspectie Jeugdzorg) in co-operation with prof. Eileen Munro and Jacky Tiotto, from the UK, Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted).
b. The impact of the world wide and national recessions on the regulation and supervision of health and social care; first results on the EPSO questionnaire on this topic - Phelim Quinn (Northern Ireland);
c. EPSO as a Community of Practice – Presentation and discussion led by Linda Clark and David Stewart (Northern Ireland)
PROGRAMME Thursday November 3rd 2011 (first day)
Arrival of delegates
13:00-15:00 Early bird programme: ‘visit the people at RQIA’ (at RQIA offices)
15:00-15:15 Registering and welcome session /networking; (at at the Linen Hall Library)
Main Conference Sessions start
15:15-17:45 Informal exchange of information : ongoing EPSO activities and working groups; Recent EU developments ; Follow-up activities subsequent to presentations from previous meetings, New developments and possible new EPSO working group topics presented by EPSO members and contacts (short presentations and discussions of about 20 minutes each);
Ongoing EPSO activities and working groups
15:15-15:35: Peer evaluation by EPSO (of the Norwegian inspectorate on Healthcare and Social care) - Neil Prime (England) will give a short preview of the work in progress;
15:35-15:45 Short BREAK
Recent EU developments
a. Patient safety (Joint Action); France will give a short overview of the actual plans - Jean Bacou (France) will present actual developments
16:05-16:15 Short BREAK
b. Professional Qualifications: the New EU Directive in progress: NN , for HPCB (Health Professionals Crossing borders) will give in short overview of topical developments possibly leading to a new directive on professional qualifications by the end of 2011 EPSO members and colleagues will be asked to organise feedback with national competent authorities.
16:35–16:45 Short BREAK
Follow-up activities subsequent to presentations from previous meetings
16:45-17:05 Presentation of the last results in the Netherlands on the ICT quality in health institutions related to Quality of Inspection Regulation and Monitoring (Jan Vesseur) ; and Follow up discussion on this topic moderated by Jan Vesseur (Netherlands)
17:05-17:15 Short BREAK
New developments and possible new EPSO working group topics presented by EPSO members and contacts
17:15–17:45 Professional Regulation: Links between professional and Systems regulation in the UK and introduction of a new system of revalidation of doctors by Jon Billings, General Medical Council, London;
19:15 Meet at the hotel lobby of the Park Inn Hotel, to travel by coach to Parliament buildings (dinner venue) about 5 miles from town centre;
20:00–22:00 Reception and Conference dinner hosted by the Northern Irish health and social care regulator, RQIA (Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Stormont Estate, Belfast)
PROGRAMME Friday November 4th 2011 (second day)
8:00-9:00 EPSO Board meeting (for board members only)
Main Conference Sessions continuation
9:15-9:30 Opening by the Chairman (Geir Sverre Braut, Norway)
9:30–10:00 Presentation by Suzanne Rutz (Netherlands, Integrated Supervision of Youth Affairs and Erasmus University Rotterdam), as a guest speaker on the topic of ‘relevant developments in the co-operation between regulators in healthcare for children (in co-operation with Professor Eileen Munro, London School of Economics, who will not be able to be present at the meeting but will react on this topic);
10:00–10:20 Presentation by Kees Reedijk (Netherlands’ Inspectorate for Youth Care)(not yet confirmed) as a guest speaker on Youth care co-operation in addition to the presentation of Suzanne Rutz;
10:30–11:00 Presentation by Jacky Tiotto as a guest speaker (Ofsted): Professionals working together in Child Care: challenges about inspection and regulation (not yet confirmed);
11:00–11:30 Discussion in 3 groups moderated by Theresa Nixon (Northern Ireland) in co-operation with Suzanne Rutz, Kees Reedijk and Jacky Tiotto
11:30-12:00 Feedback and Discussion on handling of Children’s services regulation by inspectorates, supervisors, monitoring authorities, chaired by Theresa Nixon (Northern Ireland)
13:30–14:00 Presentation of the first Results of the questionnaire to compare the approaches being used by EPSO Member organisations on the topic of “ Impact of the world wide and national recessions on health care supervision”, (the way in which supervisory organisations are developing their approaches to regulate in the current, austere, financial context i.e. the impact of the world wide and national recessions on the health and social care systems and the reaction of supervisors to those changed circumstances) by Phelim Quinn (Northern Ireland)
14:15–14:45 Introduction to session on Communities of Practice by Linda Clarke (Head of School of Education, University of Ulster) and David Stewart (Northern Ireland)
14:45–15:15 Facilitated workshop in groups about EPSO as a community of practice led by Linda Clarke (University of Ulster) and David Stewart (Northern Ireland)
15:15–15:30 Plenary feedback and discussion of the results of the group sessions
15:45-16:15 Practical issues of EPSO
· Planning and preparing for the Conferences in Paris, France, Spring 2012 (16-17 April 2012); Utrecht (25-26 October or 1-2 November 2012); Belgium/Flanders Spring 2013; Lithuania Autumn 2013?; Finland Spring 2014?; Denmark Autumn 2014?;
· Preparing for other upcoming Conferences in the future (suggestions about new topics and hosting offers by EPSO Members);
· Possible new Members;
· Membership (terms and conditions);
· Further: what comes up; additional items; ideas; suggestions.
16:15-16:30 Closing of the meeting by the Chair
16:45-17:30 Closing event – Drinks Reception at the Belfast City Hall (directly opposite to the Linen Hall Library)
Post Conference Activities:
Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November 2011 (Optional)
Optional activities may be arranged for those interested in seeing more of Belfast /Northern Ireland following the conference at delegates own expense.
This will only be organized if there are enough people interested.PLEASE CONTACT EPSO if you are interested.
More information in the organizing country (Northern Ireland)
the contact for the Belfast conference is:
Malachy Finnegan (Communications Manager)
The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority
9th Floor, Riverside Tower
5 Lanyon Place Belfast BT1 3BT Tel: 028 9051 7485 (direct line) Fax: 028 9051 7501
List of conference venues:
· The Linen Hall Library (Performance area)
17 Donegall Square North
Belfast BT1 5GB
Northern Ireland (enter via Fountain St) Telephone: +44 (0)28 9032 1707
Fax: +44 (0)28 9043 8586
website : www.linenhall.com/functions.asp
· Parliament Buildings (Long Gallery),
Stormont Estate, Belfast
- Belfast City Hall Opposite to the Linen Hall library
· Park Inn Hotel
4 Clarence Street West, Belfast BT2 7GP
The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority
headquarters is located in central Belfast
9th Floor Riverside Tower
5 Lanyon Place
T 028 9051 7500 (Switchboard is manned 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday), or
fax: 028 9051 7501
11th EPSO Conference
Programme Tromsø 23-25 May
The 11th EPSO Conference will be held May 23rd, May 24th and 25th 2011, on invitation of the Norwegian Health Inspection, Statens Helsetilsyn, at the Rica Ishavshotell in Tromsø, Norway, arrival May the 23rd (evening welcome), May the 24th (all day sessions) and the 25th (morning sessions on topics related to new working groups).
Main topics of the Tromsø conference:
a. Peer revision of Supervisory bodies: the Norwegian case aimed at standard setting- Geir Sverre Braut.
b. Patient safety in relation to the EU developments in the working group Patient Safety and Quality of Care and the programme of the Joint Action group on patient safety (EU PSQC-WG and JA group). How to organise EPSO participation and input and exchange of Patient safety data by EPSO members? - with participation of Jean Bacou, co-ordinator of the European Joint Action Group (France), and Barbara Kutryba (Poland) president of the PSQC working group (through a written input), in co-operation with the EPSO-delegation involved, Jon Billings (Ireland), Jan Vesseur (Netherlands), Jooske Vos (EPSO).
c. Patient safety: Follow up of the EPSO working group on Patient safety How do supervisory bodies deal with Patient safety? - Sandra Eismann (England);
d. Patient safety: The new Swedish patient safety legislation with a focus on reducing disciplinary actions: - Per Anders Sunesson (Sweden).
e. Patient safety: The German model of working in a network - Henning Schaefer, Berlin Chamber of Physicians, (Germany).
f. Patient safety: developments in Cross border EU- regions Hajo Grundmann (EURsafety Health-net).
g. The relationship between those that supervise and those supervised- introduction of a new EPSO-working group by Neil Prime (England)).
h. The ICT quality in health institutions related to Quality of Inspection Regulation and Monitoring - introduction new EPSO-working group by Jan Vesseur (Netherlands).
i. Follow up of the working group on Quality indicators (preparing for Utrecht autumn 2012) : Hiba Harakeh and Paul Robben along with Ine Borghans.
j. Preparing for the Belfast conference and introduction of two new EPSO working groups; update on progress on the two Belfast projects:
- The impact of the world wide and national recessions on the regulation and supervision of health and social care - Phelim Quinn (Northern Ireland);
- EPSO as a Community of Practise - David Stewart (Northern Ireland).
20.00 – 20.15 Early bird registering and welcome at hotel lobby.
20.15 – 23.00 Informal drinks and Networking at Rica Ishavshotell, Tromsø (at own expenses).
8.15 - 9.30 EPSO Board meeting (for board-members only)
START OF THE CONFERENCE chaired by Geir Sverre Braut (Norway)
9.30 - 9.45 Opening by the Chairman of EPSO and host of this conference (Geir Sverre Braut, Norway).
9.45 - 10.30 Peer revision of Supervisory bodies the Norwegian case Introduction by Geir Sverre Braut together with peer reviewers from other countries: Jan Vesseur (Neth), Katia Käyhkö(Fin), Neil Prime(Eng), Anne Mette Dons ( Denmark) and Mandy Collins (Wales) present issues raised in relation to the peer revision of the Norwegian Statens Helsetilsyn.
10.30 -11.15 Group discussion (three groups) on the issues raised in the Norwegian case confronted with the experience of EPSO participants, led by one peer reviewer per group and one moderator per group of Statens Helsetilsyn.
11.15-11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 - 12.00 Plenary feedback from the groups and conclusions by Statens Helsetilsyn.
12.00 - 13.30 Lunch.
13.30 - 13.50 The relationship between those that supervise and those supervised- Neil Prime (England) (introduction of a new EPSO working group).
One of the most interesting findings from the survey of member countries/ states of the European Partnership of Supervisory Organisations (EPSO) was that relating to the relationship between the supervisory body and the organisation being supervised. The survey shows that of the 12 respondents, 10 reported that they ‘share goals and co-operate’, while 2 reported that those supervised ‘can be reluctant’.
As start of a follow up project (EPSO working group on ‘Relations with supervised organisations’ led by the English colleagues), EPSO starts a questionnaire on possible effects of this relationship on the outcome of supervisory activities and possibly on the quality of healthcare. This project aims at improvement of the outcome of supervision by steering on relations with those supervised. A draft questionnaire ( see enclosure) will be presented and discussed in Tromsø by Neil Prime (England).
13.50 -14.00 Discussion
The EPSO member countries will be asked to give input based on their own relationship with the organizations being supervised and possible effects on the outcome of the supervisory activities.
Participants of the conference will be asked to discuss on this topic in small groups based on their own experience or experiences of colleagues in their country or region. The small groups will report the outcome of the discussion to the plenary group. Participants will also be asked to name a colleague who is interested to participate in this (email) working group.
14.00 - 14.20 Patient Safety in Germany: working in a network of professionals (the German model) – Henning Schaefer, Berlin Chamber of Physicians, Germany.
14.20 -14.30 Discussion
14.30 -14.50 Patient safety: Recent developments in Sweden: The new Swedish patient safety
legislation with a focus on reducing disciplinary actions: - Per Anders Sunesson (Sweden).
14.50 -15.00 Discussion
15.00 -15. 15 Break
15.15 -15.35 Patient safety in the EU Regions; recent developments of cross border co-operation in Euregion - (Euregion- eursafety health-net) Hajo Grundmann, Eursafety- Health- Net/ RIVM /UMCG medical microbiology
15.45 -16.05 Follow up and possibly restart of the EPSO working group patient safety - Sandra Eismann (England).
16.05 -16.15 Discussion
16.15 - 16.30 Introduction and Discussion on Patient Safety European Initiatives at EU level (Patient Safety and Quality of Care Working Group and Joint Action Group) in relation to EPSO, with participation of Jean Bacou (France) as coordinator of the European Joint Action Group and Barbara Kutryba (Poland) president of the PSQC working group, National Centre For Quality Assessment In Healthcare (CMJ/NCQA) (Poland) (through a written input), in coordination with the EPSO members involved: Jan Vesseur ( Netherlands) and Jooske Vos (EPSO).
16.30 -16.45 Break
16.45 -17.15 Preparing for the Belfast EPSO conference
1. Preparing for a questionnaire to compare the approaches being used by EPSO Member organisations on the topic of “ Impact of the of the world wide and national recessions on health care supervision”, (the way in which supervisory organisations are developing their approaches to regulate in the current, austere, financial context i.e. the impact of the world wide and national recessions on the health and social care systems and the reaction of supervisors to those changed circumstances- Phelim Quinn (Northern Ireland).
2. EPSO: Building and Developing of a Community of Practise (as on publication of Etienne Wenger) - David Stewart (Northern Ireland).
17.15 Closing remarks of the first day by Chairman EPSO (Geir Sverre Braut).
19.00 - 24.00 (Sommarøy-excursion), Departure by bus from the hotel lobby for an informal excursion to a nearby peninsula, including dinner, on invitation of Statens Helsetilsyn (together with the early arriving participants of the Nordic Supervision Conference).
Please note dress code: warm clothing for indoor and outdoor.
9.00 -9.05 Opening chairman EPSO
9.05- 9.25 Follow up EPSO working group on Quality and clinical indicators preparing for Utrecht autumn 2012 (introduction of a new EPSO working group led by Ine Borghans, Netherlands) - Hiba Harakeh and Paul Robben (the Netherlands).
9.25 - 9.35 Discussion
9.35 – 9.55 The ICT quality in health institutions related to Quality of Inspection Regulation Monitoring(introduction of a new EPSO working group led by Jan Vesseur)- Jan Vesseur (The Netherlands).
9.55 -10.05 Discussion
10.05 - 10.25 The EU directive on cross-border health care - Jooske Vos (EPSO) (recent developments in relation to supervisory bodies).
10.25 -10.35 Discussion
10.35- 11.35 Practical EPSO issues
- Evaluation of the Conference including suggestions for further activities additional items or working methods;
- Contact with other organizations: Relations with external partners of EPSO including EAN - the European Accreditation Network, ESQH European Society of Quality in Healthcare and Health Professionals Crossing Borders HPCB;
- Preparing for planned Conferences in: Northern Ireland, Belfast November 3rd and 4th, 2011; France, Paris, Spring 2012; Netherlands, Utrecht, Autumn 2012; Finland ? 2013; Lithuania Autumn 2013 ?; Preparing for upcoming Conferences in the future (suggestions about new topics and hosting offers by EPSO members);
- EPSO membership and budget 2011;
- Further: what comes up? Other ideas or suggestions (if you have any comment or question to discuss with the other EPSO members please let us know).
11.15 -11.30 Closing remarks by the Chairman of EPSO
12.00 Start Nordic Conference (for those who participate)
List of Participants FINAL
Country / Region
Function / organization
Inspectorate on Welfare, Health and Family Flanders
Inspectorate on Welfare, Health and Family Flanders
Gerda Schotte (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Executive Agency "Medical Audit"
Anne Mette Dons
Chief executive of the Danish inspectorate Sundhedsstyrelsen
Anne Mette Dons (AMD@SST.DK)
Danish inspectorate Sundhedsstyrelsen
Lena Graversen (email@example.com)
Mihhail Muzõtsin [Mihhail.Muzotsin@terviseamet.ee]
Finnish Health Medical inspectorate
Katia Käyhkö (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Finnish Health Medical inspectorate
Kirsti Kotaniemi (email@example.com)
French National Authority for Health (HAS)
Jean Bacou (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
Berlin Chamber of Physicians,
Director at Kenniscentrum IGZ and professor at instituut Beleid en Management Gezondheidszorg Erasmus University Rotterdam
Chief inspector for Patient Safety, Health IT and international affairs
Jan Vesseur (email@example.com)
Jan Maarten van den Berg
Berg, dhr. J.M.J. van den
Lars E. Hanssen
Director General of the Norwegian Health Inspectorate
Geir Sverre Braut
Dept Head of the Norwegian Health Inspectorate / Chair of EPSO
The Norwegian Health inspectorate
Bente Smedbråten [firstname.lastname@example.org]
The Norwegian Health inspectorate
Aud Nordal (email@example.com)
Contact Statens Helsetilsyn +4721529971
Sverre Nesheim (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Health inspectorate of the Republic of Slovenia
Eva Kompan (Eva.Kompan@gov.si)
Per Anders Sunesson
Chief executive of the Swedish Inspectorate
Per Anders Sunesson (per-anders.sunesson@Socialstyrelsen.se)
Kirsi Laitinen Kennebäck
Neil Prime (Neil.Prime@cqc.org.uk)
Care Quality Commission
Sandra Eismann (Sandra.Eismann@cqc.org.uk)
Jennifer C. Yang-Meslet
Senior Analytical Advisor CQC
Director of Operations & Chief Nurse Advisor
The Regulation & Quality Improvement Authority
Phelim Quinn (Phelim.Quinn@rqia.org.uk)
David Stewart (email@example.com)
Wales health inspectorate
Mandy Collins (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director EURinSPECT /Head EPSO Secretariat
Eursafety- Health –Net
Eursafety- Health –Net/RIVM /UMCG medical microbiology
National Center For Quality Assessment In Healthcare (CMJ/NCQA), Kraków, Poland
written contribution for discussion
Basia Kutryba (email@example.com)