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Key EU news for the NHS

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Keeping you informed of key EU developments

Welcome to the NHS European Office newsletter. Click on the title of each article for more information.

Need to know

Brexit Health Alliance launched

To ensure the health sector will speak with a coordinated voice on Brexit we have established the Brexit Health Alliance which brings together the NHS, medical research, industry, public health and patient-representative organisations. The Alliance was formally launched at the NHS Confederation annual conference last month by Niall Dickson and Sir Hugh Taylor, the co-chairs of this new group.

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EU Exchange Programme for healthcare managers

Registration for the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation’s (HOPE) 2018 Exchange Programme will open soon. The programme, hosted in the UK by the NHS Leadership Academy, consists of a four-week placement abroad to “experience” another healthcare system. Applications for this leadership programme have to be submitted by 31 October, both for managers willing to travel to another country and for organisations interested in hosting colleagues from abroad.

Influencing EU Policy
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New EU Action Plan on antimicrobial resistance

The European Commission has unveiled a new Action Plan to fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The action plan seeks to support the EU and its Member States in delivering innovative, effective and sustainable responses to AMR and to enable the EU to actively promote global action. As part of the implementation of its plan, the Commission has also issued a set of Guidelines promoting more prudent use of antimicrobials in human health.

Calls to exclude health professionals from the EU Proportionality Directive

Our Office is continuing to engage with the EU's draft legislation proposing a proportionality test to assess whether new rules introduced at national level to tighten up professional regulation constitute unreasonable barriers to free movement.  Pressure is mounting from stakeholders concerned about possible patient safety implications, with calls from the European Parliament for healthcare professions to be excluded from the Directive's scope.

Digital health to top the EU health agenda

Estonia, which leads the EU Presidency for the next six months, has identified supporting the wider use of e-health in healthcare systems as one of its priorities. A public consultation is currently underway where respondents are being asked to share their ideas and experiences about the opportunities, barriers and practical solutions to support the development of e-health across the EU. Deadline to respond is 30 August.

EU Funding

EU prize to reduce infant mortality

The European Commission has launched a new €1m prize initiative to identify and bring to market innovative solutions that will help prevent death and complications during pregnancy and childbirth. The solutions will need to be novel, safe and scalable. Applications should be submitted by 6 September.

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Advanced information on IMI calls

The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) has released details of the indicative topics for its forthcoming 11th and 12th calls for projects. These include analysing the burden of infectious diseases and the use of vaccines to improve healthy ageing, and the development of technology enabled ways to measure the functional decline in people with early stage Alzheimers disease.

Connecting Europe Facility programme

The European Commission has launched the second of its Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Telecom calls for 2017, which support projects on the interoperability and deployment of digital infrastructures across Europe. The e-health section of the call, with a budget of €9m, invites proposals to improve access to care and quality of care using ICT, with particular reference to e-prescriptions and patient summaries. Proposals should be submitted by 21 September.

EU Knowledge Sharing
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Good practice in lifelong learning showcased

Our Office arranged for Health Education England and UNISON to jointly present on development opportunities for healthcare assistants and in particular the piloting of nursing associates in England at a European conference last month. Presentations from the event, which featured excellent examples from across Europe of investing in staff skills, can be viewed here.

European forum on mental health and wellbeing

The second EU Mental Health Compass Forum took place last month in Luxembourg. The event was an opportunity for stakeholders to exchange information and best practice on mental health at work and in schools, and on suicide prevention. You can watch a recording of the event and download the conference report here.

To Read

The potential of big data to transform public health

The latest edition of Eurohealth looks at the potential of digital technology to transform and benefit public health, with particular emphasis on data sharing. The briefing suggests that access to health data can help improve citizens' quality of life by providing crucial information about their health and enabling them to take the necessary steps to prevent the onset of illness and stimulate behavioural change.

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Elisabetta Zanon Brexit negotiations are now underway but what do they mean for the NHS? | Elisabetta Zanon
29 / 06 / 2017
Contributed by: NHS Voices
Brexit talks carry important implications for healthcare. NHS European Office director Elisabetta Zanon considers what the negotiation phase could spell for the health and social care sector on matters including workforce supply and reciprocal healthcare arrangements.