Recruitment and retention

Healthcare meeting

24 / 6 / 2016 1.07pm

In December 2010 the European Hospital and Healthcare Employers' Association (HOSPEEM) and The European Federation of Public service Unions (EPSU) agreed a framework of actions on recruitment and retention in the European hospital sector.

The framework, which builds on an earlier code of conduct on ethical cross border recruitment and retention agreed in 2008, sets out the responsibilities of both employers and employees in this area to protect the rights of workers and to ensure that employers get highly qualified staff.

The NHS European Office, through membership of HOSPEEM, was involved in the European level discussions and in the drafting of the framework. 

The Framework of Action on Recruitment and Retention, 2010

The purpose of the framework is to:

  • support the recruitment and retention of workers in the hospital sector 
  • improve work organisation 
  • develop and implement workforce planning mechanisms 
  • encourage diversity and gender equality in the health workforce 
  • support initial training, life-long learning and continous professional development 
  • achieve the safest possible working environment.

The Code of Conduct on Ethical Cross Border Recruitment and Retention, 2008

This code was based upon twelve key principles and commitments.

  1. High quality healthcare, accessible for all people in the EU.
  2. Registration and data collection.
  3. Workforce planning. 
  4. Equal access to training and career development. 
  5. Open and transparent information about hospital vacancies across the EU. 
  6. Fair and transparent contracting. 
  7. Registration, permits and recognition of qualifications. 
  8. Proper induction, housing and standards of living. 
  9. Equal rights and non-discrimination. 
  10. Promoting ethical recruitment practices. 
  11. Freedom of association.
  12. Implementation, monitoring and follow up.
More information on both these documents can be found on the HOSPEEM website.

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