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HPCB conference - Mobile professionals, safe patients

HPCB conference 2019 

On 4th February 2019, we successfully co-hosted the Healthcare Professionals Crossing Borders (HPCB) conference in Dublin Castle.

Created in 2005, the HPCB initiative was developed as a way of bringing together healthcare professional regulators from across Europe to influence the patient safety agenda in the EU. The network was key in persuading decision makers to adopt the fitness to practise alert mechanism in 2013.

Working with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland and the Health and Social Care Professionals Council (Ireland), the conference brought together over 120 representatives of European healthcare professional regulators, professional bodies, and national governments.

During the conference, the European Commission presented on the future of the professional qualifications framework, and Mairead McGuinness MEP spoke about the impact of Brexit on professional mobility, especially in the context of the Irish border. Paul Buckley, Director of Strategy and Policy at the GMC, presented the work they've been doing to prepare for Brexit, and outlined the Government's 'no deal' planning for registering EEA qualified doctors.

The Estonian Health Board also gave an overview of how eHealth has transformed the Estonian healthcare system, and Eszter Kovacs of Semmelweis University in Hungary updated delegates on a new EC-funded project to map the trends and expectations in healthcare mobility.

Details of the full agenda and links to the slide presentations can be found here.

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