Conference 11 June 2013
NVZ, the Dutch Hospitals Association, and NFU, the Dutch Federation of University Medical Centres, in collaboration with HOPE, the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation, will organise on 11 June 2013 in The Hague, The Netherlands, a conference on European best practices in improving the safety of patients in hospitals.
Cross-border healthcare is increasing the importance of exchanging effective measures across Europe. The Irish EU Presidency has declared patient safety its priority and the European Commission is currently gathering best practices in this field. National and international policymakers are building networks for the exchange of best practices. Members of the Joint Action on Patient Safety and Quality of Care (PaSQ) will have an adjacent to the conference in The Hague.
Not only hospitals but the government and the media as well pay more attention to the safety of patients. The Director General for Curative Care, Leon van Halder (Ministry of Health), Niek Klazinga (OECD and Amsterdam Medical Centre), Wim van Harten (Netherlands Cancer Institute), Erik Heineman (Academic Medical Centre Groningen, UMCG) and Diana Delnoij (Zorginstituut NL and University of Tilburg) will talk during the morning about the cultural aspects that influence the patient safety in hospitals and how managers can deal with this effectively.
In the afternoon, the Dutch organisers have chosen to present a European overview of best practices on seven themes in breakout sessions:
- medication safety;
- reporting incidents;
- communication gaps;
- patient participation;
- infection prevention;
- safety in the operating theatre;
- working in teams.
For each theme, two examples from different Member States will be presented. Each example will offer the participants to the conference a practical example of how to improve patient safety and will offer them the tools they need to implement this best practice within their own healthcare organisation.
Patient safety in Dutch hospitals
As in all European countries, patient safety is part of the quality policy of Dutch hospitals. The Dutch Safety Management Systems Programme (VMS) is officially ended but the implementation of the themes of patient safety will continue until 2015. All Dutch hospitals are implementing a safety system to improve patient safety in a systematic way across ten related themes. Dutch hospitals are very much willing to share their experiences and to learn new ways to improve their safety systems.
HOPE Exchange Programme
The conference is part of the HOPE Agora, the annual evaluation and closing conference of the HOPE Exchange Programme. Since 1981, HOPE organises an exchange programme for professionals with managerial responsibilities working in hospitals and healthcare facilities. Managers are working during four weeks in one of the other Member States. The aim of HOPE Exchange Programme is to promote a better understanding of the functioning of hospitals and healthcare services within the European Union and neighbour countries. It facilitates co-operation and exchange of best practices.
At the end of this exchange, participants to the HOPE Exchange Programme will present their findings in The Hague on 12 June 2013. This year the participants of the exchange programme will look at the measures taking in European hospitals to improve patient safety. The exchange programme therefore constitutes a practical addition to the goal of the conference.
The conference will be held in English. There will be no simultaneous translation.