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SUNFRAIL Final Conference 7 February

The SUNFRAIL Final Conference will take place in Bologna, Italy, on February 7th 2018.

SUNFRAIL Final Conference is dedicated to present the main results obtained during the 34 months of the Sunfrail project. It aims to propose recommendations for the replicability and sustainability of the model and of the tools identified. Furthermore, the conference focuses on programs and initiatives in the field of frailty and multimorbidity. The Sunfrail tool and model will be discussed as well as the opportunities that the project have resulted in. The Final Conference will include panel and plenary discussions with high level European and international speakers from the European Commission and national and regional health departments. 

Please note this date. The invitation will be circulated shortly.

Please visit the SUNFRAIL website for more information about the project.

Commission Communication “Boosting Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions”

On the 20th of September 2017 the European Commission adopted its Communication “Boosting Growth and Cohesion in EU Border Regions”.

The Communication aims to highlight ways in which the EU, Member States and regions can reduce the complexity, length and costs of cross-border interaction and promote cooperation in services along internal borders.

The Communication marks cross-border healthcare as a crucial field for cooperation to improve life of border region citizens. In the Communication document, the Commission proposes a set of actions to be implemented in this area. These actions will be facilitated by the creation of a “Border Focal Point” within the Commission consisting of Commission experts in cross-border issues, which will offer advice to national and regional authorities to tackle legal and administrative border obstacles.

The Commission’s actions to promote cross-border healthcare in 2018: 

  • Conduct a comprehensive mapping of cross-border health cooperation across the EU in order to identify good practices and analyze future challenges. The mapping will be available and shared with stakeholders via the Border Focal Point in 2018.
  • Organize a strategic event to highlight good practices of cross-border cooperation and explore ways in which this can be further developed throughout the Union.
  • Support the implementation of digital services in regional/local health authorities by actively promoting existing e-solutions among border stakeholders and public authorities.

Communication Launch Event 20- 21 September 2017

To mark the adoption of the Communication, a launch event took place on the 20-21 September.

During the Keynote Speech, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Ms Crețu put forward examples of what can be done to remove hurdles that obstruct growth, healthcare and labour mobility in border regions. The Commissioner also mentioned that in late 2017, the Commission will launch a call for projects related to reduce border obstacles. These calls will primarily focus on the health sector and transport issues which the Commissioner finds especially important in these regions.

Mr Henri Lewalle, expert on Franco-Belgian Agreements on cross-border healthcare, presented the healthcare cooperation, emergency medical care and the medico-social cooperation being implemented along the Franco-Belgian border. The cooperation can be seen as an example on how two health systems can use their differences to complement each other, share knowledge and ultimately improve the healthcare for their border region citizens

Read more about the Franco-Belgian agreement on Cross-border healthcare here.

Brochure: “Overcoming obstacles in border regions”

 

Vacancy at EUREGHA Secretariat

EUREGHA is currently looking for an Operations Manager to the Secretariat in Brussels.

The Operations Manager handles the day-to-day coordination and management of the network’s activities, including EUREGHA’s participation in European projects.

More information about the vacancy is available here.

EUREGHA offers a dynamic working environment with the opportunity to gain broad experience in a wide range of health policy issues, communication, event management and with the possibility to develop a broad network at EU level.

Please send your CV and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Register now: “Mental Health in the Workplace – A multi stakeholder dialogue”, Brussels 11 October 2017

The EUMH Alliance (European Alliance for Mental Health- Employment and Work), the Committee of the Regions Interregional Group on Health&Wellbeing and EUREGHA are organising a full-day conference on the topic “Mental Health in the Workplace – A multi stakeholder dialogue” on 11 October.

The conference will explore mental health prevention and promotion in the workplace and will showcase promising practices from both the public and private sectors. This event aims to foster dialogue between relevant actors on how to make positive mental health a reality in all workplaces.
 
Addressing mental health in workplace settings means preventing psychosocial workplace risks, promoting resilience and wellbeing, enabling early detection of poor mental health, supporting rehabilitation of workers facing mental ill health, and reducing stigma.


In this event participants will:
  • Discuss the impact of mental ill health on productivity, economic growth and social inclusion
  • Explore the social determinants of mental health
  • Understand how to identify and address psychosocial risk factors in the workplace
  • Determine how to ensure good multi-stakeholder cooperation
  • Learn from promising practices in Europe
Who should join:  
  • Mental health service users
  • Occupational Health and Safety professionals and support workers
  • Health and mental health professionals
  • Human resources
  • Policy makers
  • Representatives from NGOs and other organisations
  • Trade unions
  • Employees, employers and front-line managers
Time: Wednesday 11th October 2017, 09:00 -16:30 

Venue: Mundo-B, Rue d'Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels, Conference room 

The agenda is available following this link.

Registrations are open until 21 September.

Workshop, Glasgow, 21 November: ‘’Putting the Citizens at the Heart of Integrated Care in Europe’’

As a follow-up to the SCIROCCO focus group meeting held in Dublin on the 9th of May 2017, the Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare are pleased to invite members and stakeholders to the event ‘’Meeting the Challenge of Ageing’’, at the 21th of November in Glasgow, Scotland. The event is organised in the framework of the B3 Group on Integrated Care of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) and the SCIROCCO project, with the support of EUREGHA.

The objective of the event is to bring together stakeholders working in the area of integrated care who have tested the SCIROCCO online self-assessment tool for integrated care to share their experience with the tool and implementation of integrated care solutions in their respective regions.

Please find the agenda of the event here.

To register to the event, please refer here.  

SCIROCCO focus group meeting, ICIC, Dublin 9 May

On Tuesday 9th May 2017 EUREGHA organised in collaboration with SCIROCCO, Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare and EIP on AHA a first focus group that explored how member regions have experienced the use of the SCIROCCO self-assessment tool and their opinions about it. The focus group was attended by 10 representatives of four different EUREGHA regions in Europe, including Catalonia (Spain), Flanders (Belgium), Skane (Sweden) and Wales (United Kingdom).

The workshop was designed with specific questions for the attendees to discuss, relating to their experience of using the SCIROCCO tool: 

  • How the tool is used or can be used
  • How the tool can be improved
  • Outcomes emerging from use of the tool
  • Enhancing the local/regional healthcare systems as a result of using the tool

Each region presented the process of maturity assessment in their region and their experiences. The meeting report concludes the suggestions and discussion points of each question and the ideas for improvement. Among practical enhancements proposed to the current version of the tool were that it would be beneficial to accompany the use of the tool by an informative video, and that the tool needs to be translated into the local languages to make it more user friendly. In addition, a wide range of ideas was expressed with regard to expanding the range of stakeholders who could use the tool; healthcare professionals, social care organisations, patient organisations, citizens, and people from the community. 

To read more about the outcomes of the focus group, please find the meeting report here.

For more information about the SCIROCCO project, please see here.

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