The European Commission is working on an important topic for social services employers: long-term care in an ageing society.
It is in this framework that the Social Employers participated in a working group led by the Commission in 2019. The five workshops gathered expert knowledge and evidence to set the scene for future EU actions in the field of long-term care. Together with the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) the Social Employers highlighted the importance of both, workforce-related issues and social dialogue at all levels.
The Commission is now preparing a joint report on long-term care in an ageing society, to be published in 2021. A working group comprising government experts from the Member States has been created, which will be regularly meeting with the Commission to advance the work on this report.
The report will aim to give an overview on long-term care systems in the EU and to provide an assessment of the key challenges regarding access, quality, workforce and financing of long-term care. The report will also take into account the voice of providers and users of long-term care services and other stakeholders. The Social Employers is invited to participate in a stakeholder session on 21 February 2020, where we will be able to express our views on what should be included in the report, in terms of workforce issues and Social dialogue.
At the same time, Eurofound is in charge of drafting a report on the long-term care (LTC) workforce (both for older persons and persons with disabilities), to be submitted for publication mid-2020. The report will draw on a survey, a literature review, and the results of a questionnaire and follow-ups with relevant institutions and stakeholders as long-term care providers.
If you are interested in contributing to this overview and in delivering your key messages on workforce issues, please contact your national Eurofound correspondent.