||No 7, February 2015
In this issue
One year “no cost extension” for PaSQ Joint
COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
|On its December 1st 2014 meeting in
Brussels, the Council of the European
Union made an explicit reference to PaSQ JA
in the Conclusions, point 29 g) and h).
The Council welcomes the work and results on
the implementation of its Recommendation
2009/C150/01 as regards to exchange and
implementation of good practices, and:
“Invites the Member States and the Commis-
to: Develop further work on the dimen-
of quality in healthcare, taking into
account existing knowledge, including the
work of the “Joint Action on patient safety
and quality of care” (PaSQ), and to “Finalise
by December 2016 a framework for a sus-
EU collaboration on patient safety
and quality of care, also taking into
account the results of PaSQ JA”.
PaSQ Joint Action has 61 Partners, being all EU Member States plus Norway,
and main stakeholders.
“NO COST EXTENSION” FOR PaSQ
In order to maintain key PaSQ tools and
activities, as well as to further confirm the
added value of its network, PaSQ Executive
Board has requested, and CHAFEA (The
Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food
Executive Agency entrusted by the European
Commission to implement the Health Pro-
has granted to PaSQ JA one year
“no cost extension” period.
This means that the following three activities
will be going on until March 31st 2016:
- Collection and Review of Good Practices,
- Implementation of Safe Clinical Practices
- Patient Safety Practices (PSPs) by WP4, and
- Good Organisational Practices (GOPs) by WP6,
(SCPs) by WP5,
- PaSQ Communication by WP2, and PaSQ
Sustainability by WP7.
About 500 Good Practices with relevant
contacts and meeting PaSQ quality criteria
are accessible from the PaSQ Home page
www.pasq.eu through SEARCH PRACTICES
The Third Review Process of Good Prac-
tices is in course.
WP6 and its partners are working on the final
reports regarding mapping of quality mana-
gement systems in the EU Member States,
as well as on a set of recommendations for
We invite you to share your good practice
by accessing PaSQ Questionnaire, and/or
contacting your National Contact Point
(NCP) for any question.
PaSQ EXCHANGE MECHANISMS
|About thirty-five (35) Exchange Events have been organised in the EU Member States to exchange information regarding selected clinical and organisational good practices, and build relationship between experts, practi-tioners and decision makers. These events continue to be one of the preferred PaSQ mechanisms for Knowledge Transfer.
Let us share with you the details of PaSQ and
WHO High 5s information and discussion
meeting in Helmond, Netherlands.
|On December 12th 2014, the participants
from Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Latvia,
Netherlands and Switzerland shared their
experiences on Medication Safety Crossing
Borders: Med Rec innovation from admission
to discharge, and safe management of High
PaSQ Exchange Event: Medication Safety Crossing Borders, December 12th 2014, Helmond (The Netherlands)
|Participants were invited to prepare a poster
on their medication safety initiatives.
The jury awarded the 1st prize on medica-
tion reconciliation to Petar Pekic, MD from
University Hospital Sveti Duh, Croatia.
PaSQ Exchange Event: Petar Pekic, MD from University Hospital Sveti Duh, Croatia receives the 1st prize for
poster on medication reconciliation, December 12th 2014, Helmond (The Netherlands)
IMPLEMENTATION OF SAFE CLINICAL PRACTICES BY WP5
|220 Healthcare Organisations (HCOs) from
18 European countries have participated in
the implementation of Safe Clinical Practices
Performed assessment on the one year
implementation of four chosen SCPs on safe
surgery, medication safety, paediatric care,
and medical activities, has shown an overall
The implementation in the HCOs was
two-folded: it was aimed to deepen the
implementation as well as to introduce a
safety practice implementation.
As reported, the WP5 tool boxes developed
as a support to implementation process, were
used between 68% and 94% by HCO coordi-
|Expected outcomes for Sustainability are to
build a permanent collaborative network on
Patient Safety that will be enlarged to address
quality issues, and reinforced by assuring
long-term EU Member States engagement in
the PaSQ network, together with the Commis-
|It should see the implementation of a col-
laborative business model and financial
sustainability of the permanent network with
better involvement of field actors (healthcare
professionals, clinicians, patients), and com-
petent authorities (government officials,
NATIONAL SAFETY DAY
|Raising awareness on Patient Safety is
becoming more and more important.
In the organisation of Austrian Network for
Patient Safety and its partners, supported by
the National Ministry of Health, for the first
|time, Austria will have its National Patient
Safety Day on September 17th 2015.
Join this event, and let the example of Austria
encourage you to introduce it in your own
country as well.
|Register online, and join us on the
PaSQ 5th Coordination Meeting on March
12-13th 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.
|This meeting is open to public to further
promote safe and high quality healthcare
for all EU citizens. It will be attended by
experts in the area, national authorities, and
EU health stakeholders, representatives from
the European institutions, international
organisations, and healthcare professionals.
On this occasion the results of PaSQ JA
work will be presented as well as other
on-going initiatives, main developments,
and future EU agenda in the field of Patient
Safety and Quality of Care.