Health Care

The Social Employers and EPSU release a joint Position Paper on the forthcoming European Care Strategy

The European Commission will propose a European Care strategy in 2022, addressing both carers and care receivers, from childcare to long-term care. 

In response to this welcome initiative, the Federation of European Social Employers and the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU), published a joint Position Paper calling for a Strategy that addresses and anticipates the workforce needs and challenges of the social services sector. 

Social services are experiencing some major difficulties in terms of funding, staffing levels, recruitment and retention, gender balance, and an ageing workforce. 

Read the position paper

OiRA tools for health and social care: looking after those who look after us

Taking care of others doesn’t come without risks: long and irregular working hours, psychosocial risks and fatigue can take their toll on doctors, care home workers and others working in the health care sector.

To protect these workers, ten Online interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) tools have been designed for the health and care sector. The tools make it easy to identify and manage hazards in doctors’ practices (Czechia, Latvia), dental surgeries (Czechia), pharmacies (Latvia), residential homes and homes for the elderly (Bulgaria, France, Croatia, Latvia), and social services (Lithuania).

More tools are under development, for medical centres and laboratories (Greece), care and residential homes and pharmacies (Spain/Catalonia), hospitals and day surgeries (Latvia), and the social sector (Portugal).

Check out all the OiRA tools for the human health and social work sector

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Managing musculoskeletal disorders in the healthcare sector

Physically demanding work such as patient handling is a significant risk factor for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), making them a widespread concern among healthcare workers, with backache and upper limb pain as commonly reported problems. So how can we tackle MSDs in this sector?

Our discussion paper gives an overview of MSDs in healthcare workplaces, reviews the risk factors and discusses effective interventions to prevent, reduce and manage MSDs.