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Final Conference

The MUNROS research project held an end of project conference at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh on the 6th February 2017.

Around 70 delegates from across the European Union met to discuss presentations of the results of the research undertaken in MUNROS.  Stand alone and round table presentations were followed by extended discussion in break-out groups where the focus was on how to maximise the policy contribution and impact of the research.

Keynote presentations were given by Mark Pearson, Deputy Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD, Caroline Hager, Directorate for Health and Food Safety EC and Frank Strang, Deputy Director, Scottish Government EU Hub.

The MUNROS  Project


Session 1:   

  • Providing the wider policy context and the contribution of the MUNROS project 

    Mark Pearson, Deputy Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs OECD

  • MUNROS Project Overview Professor Bob Elliott 

Topic 1  

  • Measuring variation in who does what on three healthcare pathways  Dr Jon Gibson and Professor Matt Sutton, University of Manchester, UK

    The first of three topic specific presentations, each of 10 - 15 minutes followed by discussion, that draw on data from the project

Session 2:

Topic 2 

  • Barriers and facilitators to task substitution Dr Iris Wallenburg, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands and Dr Zeynep Güldem Ökem, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Turkey  

Topic 3  

  • Integrated care and its association with task substitution Professor Antoinette de Bont, Erasmus University Rotterdam  and Dr Hana Svobodova, Charles University, Prague, The Czech Republic  

Discussion groups 

Three parallel discussion groups, relating to one of Topics 1-3   

Session 3:  

Round Table: Practice, Outcomes and Planning    

  • Patient Experiences  Dr Silvia Coretti, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy and Professor Christine Bond, University of Aberdeen  and Project Co-ordinator  

  • Outcomes  Professor Jan Erik Askildsen, and Muhammad Kamrul Islam, University of Bergen, Norway

  • Costs  Professor Job van Exel, Erasmus University Rotterdam  

  • Building Effective Teams  Claudia Maier, Technische Universität Berlin  

  • Workforce Planning: modelling and planning a changing workforce  Professor Steve Birch, University of Manchester and McMaster University, Canada and Dr Anne McBride, University of Manchester  

Session 4:

  • Ministerial Address: Scotland and Europe Frank Strang, Directorate for External Affairs, Scottish Government 

Discussion groups

Parallel discussion groups relating to Round Table Topics 

  • Capturing Policy Makers priorities on Optimal Care Professor Matteo Ruggeri, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Romeand Professor Job van Exel, Erasmus University Rotterdam  

  • A personal reflection on the MUNROS findings, their implications and next steps  Caroline Hager, Policy Officer, Directorate General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission

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