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The EFPC encourages all its members to take part in a survey within the study on attitudes of Healthcare Workers towards vaccines lead by the Vaccine Confidence Project and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Views and opinions will help to understand better how healthcare professionals in Europe feel about vaccination. 

The survey will take no more than a few minutes to complete. Link to the survey

Health ministers and high-level representatives of the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region as well as partner organizations and civil society are taking part in the 68th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in Rome, Italy, on 17–20 September 2018. During this meeting several actors were able to present Joint Statements raising the need to focus and enhance the efforts on several topics

 

The 68th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Europe will be held this September in Rome. EUPHA together with other organisations which includes the EFPC submitted this written statement to WHO welcoming the decision to place the topic “Advancing public health for sustainable development in the WHO European Region” on the agenda for this meeting.

We are excited to let you know that Cambridge University Press will convert its leading journal, Primary Health Care Research & Development also EFPC official journal, to Open Access from January 2019. All articles submitted after October 1st 2018 will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY), which permits use, distribution, reproduction and adaptation in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. This means that all articles in the journal will be freely available to view, download and share, ensuring that anyone can benefit from and build upon the work.  

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EFPC Chair Sally Kendall who is also a professor working within the Centre for Health Services Studies within the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (SSPSSR) at the University of Kent, has been awarded her honour in recognition of 30 years of research in nursing and health visiting.

Within her role as Professor of Community Nursing and Public Health she is known particularly for work around practice-based research in the area of parenting and maternal and child health. Her work on parenting is internationally recognised and implemented from Kent to Japan.

Many countries have problems in attracting and retaining primary care workers in remote rural areas. This is not restricted to large countries; also small countries experience these problems.

The Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL)  is currently making a background report for WHO based on the literature on rural primary care. The aim of the report is to describe the problem definition, the causes of the problem, the consequences for access and quality of care and possible solutions.

Our spring EFPC symposium in Canterbury had promised sunshine and daffodils.

Instead the long-awaited event was hindered by some of the coldest weather in Europe. Snow closed airports and train stations as the ‘Beast from the East' gave new meaning to English sub-zero temperatures.  Nonetheless, intrepid pilgrims trekked from Europe - and as far away as Brazil - to join in discussions on how we can integrate health care systems to bring communities closer to primary care, and improve health outcomes for some of the most vulnerable in society.

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Earlier this month on the 3rd of May the EFPC, together with their colleagues in the HTA Health Care Professionals group (EUPHA, PGEU, CPME, among others), was invited by Dr. Andriukaitis and his staff to discuss issues connected to the proposed new regulation regarding Health Technology Assessment in the European Union. On behalf of the EFPC, Diederik Aarendonk and Elena Petelos were present.

The proposal aims at improving the availability of innovative health technologies for EU patients (including pharmaceuticals and medical devices), the transparency of their assessment, at ensuring an efficient use of resources and strengthening the quality of HTA across the EU.In his introduction, he underlined several points: focus on clinical domains, transparency of all results, stakeholders involvement, mandatory for each member state, finances available to provide support to the system including the involvement of professional and patient representatives.