2nd COTEC-ENOTHE Congress Free Workshops

A series of OT-Europe Workshops have been held in the run-up to the 2nd COTEC-ENOTHE Congress being held online between the 15-18 September 2021. The workshops are free of charge to delegates who have registered to the Congress. The themes of the workshops are very relevant to the overarching theme of the Congress – resilience – and reflect the contemporary ‘state of the art’ expertise in Occupational Therapy research, education and practice. The workshop themes are:

Interdisciplinary delirium – aiming to raise awareness about delirium among OTs and to build a basis for an OT network dealing with delirium

E-health – while e-health provides health care and rehabilitation contexts with new opportunities, alternatives and potentials for the benefit of occupational therapy and the society at large, there are also a number of critical issues to be considered, such as ethics, barries, e-health literacy, professional requirements and competencies

Health literacy – investing in health literacy has proven to strenghten individuals’ and organisations’ resilience. In this workshop OTs will discuss how occupational therapy contributes to health literacy on different levels.

School-based Occupational Therapy – discussions about the different ways occupational therapists are developing school-based interventions and about the curriculum guidelines that have been developed for OT students.

Displaced persons – understanding how to be responsive to the challenges of forced migration is critical for humanity. There is a growing interest for the potential for occupational therapists to engage in work with displaced persons.

If the themes of the workshops raise questions or ideas of potential collaboration, please contact info@oteurope.eu

Survey on RSV-associated burden and disruption to healthcare system

Fill out the survey on RSV-associated burden and disruption to healthcare system for a chance to win an Apple watch

By Tina Hadzig, European Health Management Association

The European Health Management Association (EHMA) is currently working on the production of a white paper providing evidence-based policy insights into the management and prevention of the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection in Europe. EHMA is reaching out to healthcare providers in Europe to survey their views on the RSV-associated burden and disruption to the healthcare system.

For this purpose, four structured questionnaires (maximum 20 minutes) have been designed, addressing each of the care settings utilised by pediatric RSV patients:

Healthcare providers are asked to share their views on the system performance and pressures in the peak RSV season, and the actions required to mitigate the effects of RSV-associated health system disruption. The survey respondents can choose to have their name entered into a draw to win an Apple watch.

The information gathered will be published in a white paper providing evidence-based policy insights into the management and prevention of RSV infection in Europe, and assist decision-makers, health managers and other stakeholders take a long-term preventive approach for the future.

You can learn more here.

ESA Annual Meeting, September 9 – Register Now!

ESA Annual Meeting 2021
September 9th, 2021 | 14:00 – 16:50 CET

We are excited to invite you to the 4th ESA annual meeting! Join us on Thursday September 9, 2021 for this free event that will be held completely online. It will provide an opportunity to hear from policy makers, experts, and patients about how sepsis can fit into the European health agenda and what are the solutions to the lack of awareness and knowledge about sepsis.


Despite some advances in some European countries, the limited attention offered to sepsis continues to undermine the efforts to improve its prevention, recognition, and management – and is costing lives. As described in a recent publication by the Global Sepsis Alliance and other scientific societies, most patients admitted in the ICU with COVID-19 progress into viral sepsis, making of sepsis the main cause of death in this pandemic. Health systems that are resilient against sepsis and severe infection will be resilient against future such pandemics.

Countries and regions have started taking encouraging actions, but this is not enough. We need to engage with more stakeholders to ensure that sepsis becomes a priority in the public health agenda for all countries across the whole European Union and continent.

Join the discussion on 9 September with representatives from WHO, European Parliament, Commission, Council, ECDC, renowned experts and patient groups.

Please find the programme of the event here.

EHMA to host its Annual Conference from 15 to 17 September

The European Health Management Association (EHMA) is delighted to host its Annual Conference under the theme ‘Health Management: managing the present and shaping the future’ on 15-17  September 2021.

This year, the Conference will take place digitally through the lens of Lisbon, Portugal and is organised in collaboration with the Associação Portuguesa de Administradores Hospitalares (APAH) and its academic partners, the Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública and the Universidade Nova: Nova School of Business and Economics.

Over the last year, health systems across Europe have encountered the most difficult times for a generation. Health services buckled under the strain of COVID-19, confronting enormous challenges around hospital capacity and workforce planning during a pandemic. As managers are pondering whether there will be a return to a ‘new normal’, important questions will be asked about how to increase the resilience and readiness of health systems whilst also providing high-quality routine care catching up on the backlog of many months of missed operations. Health management will be at the centre of providing solutions for these unprecedented difficulties. Bringing practitioners, researchers and academics together to share solutions has never been more important than today.

The EHMA Annual Conference is widely considered the preeminent place to share experiences, skills and competencies in the field of health management. With a strong focus on innovative practices in governing, planning and delivering services, the EHMA 2021 Annual Conference will be the perfect location to get in touch with your European and international colleagues discussing the latest developments in governance and leadership, digital transformation, integrated care, and creating sustainable person-centred services.

» View the full programme of the EHMA 2021 Annual Conference

» Register for the EHMA 2021 Annual Conference*

*You can benefit from a discounted registration fee until Monday, 6 September 2021.

Connecting the Dots: a new film series on medical technologies

Connecting the Dots: a new film series on medical technologies

By Tanja Valentin, Medtech Europe 

Connecting the Dots is an inspiring online video series, that explores the ways medical technologies – medical devices and diagnostics – are meeting healthcare challenges, from diagnosis to cure.

Connecting the Dots, produced by BBC StoryWorks for MedTech Europe and MedTech Europe members, highlights some of the most pioneering devices, diagnostic solutions and services that are improving outcomes for patients and transforming entire systems of care. The series showcases the work of the innovators, healthcare professionals and organisations fuelling progress by telling stories about the people at the heart of these developments.

Serge Bernasconi, CEO, MedTech Europe, said: “We are excited about the launch of this series produced by BBC StoryWorks. Tens of thousands of medical technology companies, many of them being SMEs, are working relentlessly day-by-day to provide life-saving innovations to patients, to make healthcare systems more efficient and more resilient. It is a great recognition for all of them to bring their work closer to the public. I am very pleased to have a large variety of our industry’s innovations represented, and common ambition reflected in this series.”

Please take some time to explore and learn about the medical technology sector by exploring our new series. Watch the series.

Living in COVID Times: Experiences from People living with Diabetes

Living in COVID Times: Experiences from People living with Diabetes

By Elizabeth Dupont, International Diabetes Federation Europe 

To better understand the experience of living with diabetes during the pandemic and the overall impact this had on their mental health, self-management and care, identify gaps in healthcare provision across Europe as well as good practices developed during the crisis, IDF Europe conducted a survey on the impact COVID-19 had on people with diabetes, based on their perceptions and experiences.

Between August and October of 2020, IDF Europe conducted a survey to gather perspectives from people with diabetes on their lives during the pandemic. The survey recorded responses from 3,480 people living with diabetes in 32 European countries. One of the key findings of the report revealed that the pandemic had a severe impact on the mental health of people living with diabetes, with over 50% of respondents reporting a deterioration in their mental health and over 40% indicating feeling very or extremely more anxious during this period.

The report also highlights many geographical inequalities in access to diabetes care across Europe. Difficulties in access, as well as financial worries, were especially marked in central and eastern European countries as well as in the south of Europe.

Download the report to read more about the findings and also IDF Europe’s recommendations for restructuring health systems post-pandemic here.


Break the silence!

Break the silence!

By Isabella Haaf, The European Federation of Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis Associations

This month on 19 May EFCCA will celebrate World IBD Day. IBD, which includes Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis affects over 10 million people worldwide and over 3.4 million in Europe alone. It´s an invisible disease that has a huge impact on a person´s quality of life.

Under the theme “Break the silence – IBD and Well-being” EFCCA wants to shed a light on the various aspects of the disease. In particular we want to start a dialogue and discussions on how IBD affects people not only physically but also psychologically.

Through a social media campaign using the hashtag #breakthesilence and #worldibdday2021 we invite the IBD patient community to talk about things they feel are not usually talked about as concerns their disease management.

For more information and how to join please visit: https://www.efcca.org/en/break-silence-world-ibd-day-2021

New course on AMR on IAPO’s PAIR Academy

New course on AMR on IAPO’s PAIR Academy

By Johan Prevot, International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiencies

IAPO is pleased to announce and invite you to enrol on to our first course on the Patient Academy for Innovation and Research (PAIR Academy). The PAIR Academy is an initiative set-up to develop and maintain capacity amongst patients globally with education available whenever and at no cost, on fundamental skills to enable them to engage with their health-systems in a more meaningful and strategic manner.

The new course titled Antimicrobial Resistance: Patients’ Role in Appropriate Antibiotic Use aims to empower patients and caregivers in appropriate use of antibiotics by raising awareness about the real-world impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

The irrational use of antibiotics and poor infection control practices are among the leading factors contributing to antibiotic resistance around the world. AMR is a worldwide problem, as new forms of resistant microorganisms can cross the borders and easily spread between continents. Irrational use of antibiotics is not only related to incorrect prescribing of antibiotics by doctors. Patient related factors also play an important role, such as self-medication.

Therefore, through empowering patients in appropriate use of antibiotics through this course, the PAIR Academy faculty aims to ensure patients and caregivers join global efforts in preserving their effectiveness, for as long as possible – for as many patients as possible!

The course material is available online at no cost.

Enrol Today – https://www.pairacademy.org/Course.html

Eurofound Study – Long-term care workforce: Employment and working conditions

Eurofound Study – Long-term care workforce: Employment and working conditions

By Bert Van Caelenberg, the European Federation of Employees in Public Services (EUROFEDOP)

EUROFEDOP would like to highlight a study conducted by Eurofound. The study highlights that around 6.3 million people work in the long-term care sector in the EU – up by one third in just one decade – while 44 million people provide frequent informal long-term care to relatives or friends.

The proportion of workers aged 50 years or older is higher than in other sectors, and is increasing at a faster pace: from 28% in 2009 to 38% in 2019.

Working conditions in the sector are characterised by physical challenges such as lifting people and working with potentially infectious materials – the risks being high in the sector as the workforce is older.

Exposure to adverse social behaviour at work means there is a high risk of developing mental health problems, thereby accentuating gender differences as the workforce is predominantly female.

 Better staffing levels and more training, with public funding leveraged to set standards for care work, can all contribute to improving working conditions, addressing staff shortages, and ensuring access to high quality long-term care.

Please find the report here: Eurofound report.

Join the MedTech Forum, digital event

Join the MedTech Forum

By Tanja Valentin, Medtech Europe 

The MedTech Forum is the largest health and medical technology industry conference in Europe and a key event since 2007. Join industry leaders, leading innovators and investors to discuss the future opportunities in the medical technology sector.

The event will be from April 20nd  to April 22nd 2021.

See more information here: https://www.themedtechforum.eu/.

Event: Integrating mobile health data in health service value chains

Integrating mobile health data in
health service value chains


By Marc Lange, the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL)

The “Integrating mobile health data in health service value chains” virtual workshop is part of the Health Data Spaces and Ecosystems workstream and sets out to present two cases of mobile health data integration and discuss about the challenges faced by both approaches in terms of time to market, interoperabilityscale-up and business model.

The workshop’s objectives are to:

  • Explore different paths to integrate patient-generated data through mobile applications into health data ecosystems for improving clinical work and generate value.
  • Reflect on the organizational, technical and human challenges encountered by health organisations and mHealth apps developers and how they could be overcome to accelerate the uptake of mobile solutions and enrich health data ecosystems.

Presentations will focus on the perspectives of three stakeholders involved in the process:

  • the Health provider’s initiative of integrating mobile health data
  • the mHealth app developer initiative of exchanging and integrating mobile health data
  • the Health payer views on how to incentivise adoption of mHealth solutions

Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session.

Save the date: 29 April 2021 

Please see information regarding the event on EHTEL’s page.

Webinar and release of the ‘Blueprint for Action on Diabetes in the European Union by 2030’

Webinar and release of the ‘Blueprint for Action on Diabetes in the European Union by 2030’


By Elisabeth Dupont, IDF Europe

Diabetes is a complex and multi-faceted condition that affects all genders, all generations, all socio-economic groups, in rural and urban areas in Europe and around the globe. In Europe, one in eleven adults live with diabetes and no population group is immune to it. In addition to causing major suffering, diabetes also carries a huge economic burden for societies. It accounted for an estimated 9% of total health expenditure in the European Union (EU) in 2019.

How can we place people living with diabetes at the heart of European health policies and ensure a person-centred approach? What can we do to flatten the diabetes curve, improve the lives of people living with diabetes in the EU and reduce health inequalities as well as the societal and financial burden for all?

To answer these and other questions, the MEP Interest Group on Diabetes, MEPs Mobilising for Diabetes (MMD), held a webinar to launch the ‘Blueprint for Action on Diabetes in the European Union by 2030’. The Blueprint aims to become a critical tool for everyone who is committed to improving the policy response to the growing burden of diabetes in Europe.

The virtual event gathered a variety of diabetes stakeholders and policymakers from the European Parliament, the European Commission and WHO Europe, all ready to tackle the diabetes challenge in the EU in time to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

Please find here additional information from the webinar, including the recording of the webinar, video testimonials from people living with diabetes, and a video message from Portugal’s Minister of Health, Dr. Marta Temido.

Please find the webinar report here

Please find the report ‘Blueprint for Action on Diabetes in the European Union by 2030’ here.

The 6th edition of the MedTech Week Magazine is out! 

The 6th edition of the MedTech Week Magazine is out! 

By Tanja Valentin, Medtech Europe 

The 6th edition of the MedTech Week Magazine is online. It is packed with virtual discussions, events and information sharing across Europe and puts a spotlight on how patients, health professionals, academics, policy makers and the medtech industry aim to play a role in the future of European healthcare.

Thank you to HFE, ESNO, IDF Europe and many others to be a partner in this event and sharing your perspectives!

You can read the magazine online: here.

EUROFEDOP SEMINAR Report: Tackling multiple challenges for healthcare workers


Tackling multiple challenges for healthcare workers


EUROFEDOP Liaison Office
Fischerstiege 9, 1010 Vienna (Austria)

Seminar via videoconference

By Bert Van Caelenberg, the European Federation of Employees in Public Services (EUROFEDOP)

Short Report

Having been confronted with a year in which the Coronavirus pandemic asked a lot of mental strength and resilience from healthcare workers, the representatives of European trade unions, affiliated to Eurofedop, discussed the problems related with the Covid-19 crisis as well as the general situation of the healthcare sector in European countries.

The Eurofedop trade unions welcomed the establishment of the new EU4Health Programme that has the aim of making the EU member states more capable of dealing with future crises such as the Covid-19 crisis, but also underlined the need for transparency and a proper follow-up to the use of funds with the execution of the programme.

On the one hand, the Coronavirus crisis has made the countries aware that there is a need for acting together, but also that it will be difficult to bring all member states aboard when it comes to changing the Treaty with a view to implementing minimum standards of healthcare and minimum wages for the healthcare staff. The EU has some power through article 168, but it is still the member states which have the final power when it comes to regulating their healthcare sector.


Speakers at the Webinar

The digital transformation of the healthcare sector was another item discussed by the Eurofedop delegates. The working environment is changing and this also affects the healthcare sector. More and more, mobile devices are being used in the treatment of patients and technological developments make it necessary for healthcare staff to constantly train themselves.

A representative of the medical technology industry participated in the meeting and stated that industry and trade unions have more or less the same goal in trying to find out what the future profile of the healthcare worker will look like. After all, it is the healthcare worker who will teach industry what the needs are in the field of the treatment of patients.

Digital transformation is not only a requirement for the healthcare sector, trade unions have to also adapt themselves and make their transition to the digital age. Cooperation at international level through platforms such as Eurofedop can be an incentive for trade unions to accelerate their entrance into the digital era.

In order to tackle problems in healthcare, no country can do this on their own, cooperation across borders has become a necessity. In order to deal effectively with shortages and the changing tasks of healthcare staff, a proper planning of the healthcare workforce in the future will be needed. Consequently, Eurofedop regretted that, in some European countries, a proper strategy of the nursing profession is still missing and leads to nurses choosing to leave the country and work abroad.

This Seminar has been chiefly financed thanks to European Union Funds







By Johan Prevot, International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiencies

IPOPI is delighted to invite you to participate in the next International Primary Immunodeficiencies Congress – IPIC 5th Edition –  to be held in Vilamoura (Algarve), Portugal, April 27-29, 2022.

IPIC was initially planned to take place in Germany in November 2021 but in light of on-going developments with COVID-19 and additional unexpected logistical circumstances, IPIC was moved to 2022 and to Portugal!

Our decision to move from Berlin to Vilamoura and push forward our dates by a few months is rooted in our determination to offer an optimized solution for our delegates and community. Prepare yourself for a congress experience and a scientific programme that will be well worth the wait!

The Algarve Congress Center in Vilamoura is our new venue, a great facility located in Southern Portugal and a mere 15min away from Faro international airport, with other nearby airports in Lisbon and Sevilla (Spain).

IPIC 5th Edition will bring together clinicians with an interest in primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs)/human inborn errors of immunity alongside leading physicians in the field, patient organisation representatives, nurses and other interested stakeholders. The Congress will build on our previous events and promises to deliver a diverse and stimulating scientific programme on the state of the art of diagnosis and clinical care of PIDs.

Learn more

PIDs and Autoinflammation mini documentary

PIDs and Autoinflammation mini documentary

By Johan Prevot, International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiencies

IPOPI is excited to announce the launch of a mini documentary dedicated to the crossover of primary immunodeficiencies (PID) and autoinflammatory and rheumatological manifestations!

The mini documentary is split into two parts, one dedicated to management in children and one to management in adults. Both can be viewed here

Autoinflammatory and rheumatological manifestations are frequently seen in PID patients. Its causes are increasingly better understood and treatment is available. For some manifestations it is possible to fully reserve the symptoms, for others, careful weighing of risk-benefit is necessary as treating autoinflammation can increase the risk for infection in PID patients.