CORU co-hosts Healthcare Professionals Crossing Borders Conference 2019

On Monday 04 February, CORU co-hosted the Healthcare Professionals Crossing Borders Conference in Dublin Castle. The theme of the conference was Mobile professionals, safe patients. Along with our co-hosts the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI), we were delighted to provide a forum for European healthcare regulators, professional bodies and representatives from national governments to discuss and debate a wide range of relevant topics and ideas. Over 120 people from across Europe attended the conference.

Ginny Hanrahan, CORU CEO and Registrar, delivered the opening address. Ginny informed attendees that CORU is Ireland’s first and only multi-profession health and social care regulator and explained that the name CORU originates from an Irish word, cóir, which means fair, just and proper. These are values that deeply resonate within CORU and reflect our commitment to protecting the public by regulating health and social care professionals in Ireland. This is achieved by promoting high standards of professional conduct, education, training and competence amongst all registered professionals. Ginny then touched on the topic of Brexit and reflected on the resulting challenge of ensuring that public safety is not compromised while at the same time not impeding the mobility of much needed health and social care professionals across the European Union. Ginny proceeded to speak about the benefits of EU membership from a regulatory perspective, one of which has seen the co-operation among member states to develop common policies and procedures, an achievement which cannot be underestimated. Please see here for the full text of Ginny's opening address.

Following Ginny’s address, Mairead McGuinness MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament, delivered a comprehensive and informative speech on the impact of Brexit on professional mobility with a particular focus on the Irish border. Paul Buckley, Director of Strategy and Policy with the UK General Medical Council (GMC), then spoke about Brexit and the future of European Economic Area (EEA) doctors working in the UK. The second session began with a presentation from Konstantinos Tomaras, DG Grow in the European Commission, on the future of recognition of professional qualifications across Europe. This was followed by a panel discussion on the future of the professional qualifications framework. Dr Eszter Kovacs of Semmelweis University in Hungary gave a keynote speech on trends and future expectation of health professionals’ cross-border mobility. The next panel discussion, on developing the health workforce, was chaired by Ginny Hanrahan. The final keynote speech was from Maria Filina-Kossatsova of the Estonian Health Board who gave the Estonian experience of taking eHealth into the 21st Century. This was followed by the last panel discussion of the day on future regulatory challenges in eHealth chaired by Niall Byrne of the PSI.

CORU, along with the PSI, were happy to provide this platform for the Healthcare Professionals Crossing Borders network and facilitate regulators across the EU to come together to share experiences, debate the future of regulation, and learn from each other in a spirit of open collaboration. We would like to thank all those who attended, gave presentations and spoke on panel discussions for contributing to an informative, timely and highly relevant conference.