Patient Safety and Quality of Care

Coherently with HOPE mission to improve the healthcare of citizens throughout Europe and high standards of hospital care, over the years HOPE activities have focused more and more on the the topic of patient safety and quality of care.

Since 2009, HOPE is member of the European Commission’s Patient Safety and Quality of Care Expert Group which assists the Commission in the development of the EU patient safety and quality agenda. The group is composed of representatives of the 28 EU Member States, EFTA countries, European health stakeholders and international organisations.

Other Activities

Quality of care

HOPE first published in 1996 a comparative leaflet “The Quality of Hospital Care in the European Union”. On the basis of an in-depth questionnaire on “Accreditation/certification of Hospitals”, HOPE published in 2000 a report on “Quality of Healthcare/Hospital Activities”.

Patient Safety

HOPE as member of the Expert Group on Patient Safety, was informed that the Commission has decided to discontinue the expert group. The Commission has instead set up a new mechanism, the Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases (the Steering Group on Promotion and Prevention in short), to maximise joint efforts with the EU Member States for reaching the nine voluntary targets of the World Health Organisation (WHO) by 2025 and meeting Sustainable Development Goal which aims to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by one third by 2030.

Study tours

On 10 and 11 April 2018, HOPE organised a study tour in Copenhagen (Denmark) to present the Danish way in quality and health care to senior healthcare professionals, managers and policy makers. The HOPE Study Tour provided the participant with an understanding of the current work and visions for changes in Denmark.

In 2017, HOPE organised in collaboration with the Belgian organisation PAQS ASBL a Study Tour in Brussels on Quality and Safety. PAQS ASBL is a newly created organization bringing together most healthcare stakeholders in Brussels and Wallonia with the objective of improving quality and safety in healthcare.

In 2015, HOPE UK member organised a study visit for senior healthcare professionals, managers and policy makers on “Assuring quality in the English NHS”. The two-day programme provided delegates with a deeper knowledge of the NHS in England, including how healthcare is purchased and regulated from both a financial, quality and safety perspective and focused on the largest component of the workforce in the NHS: nurses.

More about HOPE study tours

Blame free culture – HOPE Board of Governors – 2006

HOPE Board of Governors adopted in Amsterdam on 21 April 2006, a position paper “Promoting a blame free culture in order to reduce medical injuries”. As mistakes appear in every human activity, there is an opportunity to learn from mistakes and to prevent them. The paper gives some ideas about a patient safety culture and a blame free incident reporting systems. Finally, it concludes with some ideas on what hospital management could do without waiting for new incident reporting systems.

Cardiff conference – 2005

On 23 June 2005, HOPE together with the Welsh NHS Confederation organized in Cardiff an international conference on Patient Safety. The event, part of the HOPE Exchange Programme, gathered over 300 health professionals from 27 countries.

Luxembourg Conference – 2005

In April 2005, HOPE co-organized with other European organizations led by the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME), a conference on Patient Safety, during the Luxembourg presidency of the European Union. The conference addressed recommendations to the EU institutions and national authorities. The conference, in line with the work of HOPE was concluded by the adoption of the Luxembourg Declaration.

HOPE Exchange Programme

The 2013 and 2014 editions of HOPE Exchange Programme were respectively dedicated to the topics of patient safety and quality of care.
Download the reports compiling the findings of HOPE Exchange Programme’s participants on “Patient Safety in Practiceand onQuality first! Challenges in the changing hospital and healthcare environment”.
More information about HOPE Exchange Programme.

EU Projects

PaSQ
The European Union Network for Patient Safety and Quality of Care

EUNetPaS
European Union Network for Patient Safety

SIMPaTIE
Safety Improvement for Patients in Europe

MARQuIS
Methods of Assessing Response to Quality Improvement Strategies

DUQuE
Deepening our understanding of quality improvement in Europe

Managed Outcomes
Operations management and demand-based approaches to healthcare outcomes and cost benefits research

HANDOVER
Improving the Continuity of Patient Care through Identification and Implementation of Novel Patient Handover Processes in Europe

EURHOBOP
European Hospital Benchmarking by Outcomes in Acute Coronary Syndrome Processes

EUROTRACS
The EUROpean Treatment & Reduction of Acute Coronary Syndromes cost analysis