Report on the Task Force meeting of European Patients Forum
Following a conference that European Patients Forum (EPF) held in Brussels in November 2016 on the subject of “Patient Safety”, a Task Force team was invited (selected from the participants of the first meeting) to take a step forward and try to implement a safety plan by the end of 2017, so that “the core competencies for patients and family” can be presented by EPF on European level.
Kaisa Immonen of EPF was the co-ordinator of the group, where 15 patient organizations representatives from all EU member states participated. AGORA was represented by Eva Kritzas.
The role of this group is to work via e-mails and webseminars and following a designed “study path” to present a proposal (by end of 2017) to reflect the implementation of the 2009 Council recommendation on “core competencies of patients and family safety”.
The outcome will not be a simple check-list of competencies, but should form a wider reflection of what systemic issues need to be addressed in order to empower patients and their family members in the area of patient safety improvement.