A delegation from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) will visit Paris this week to learn more about the growing health activities of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and to discuss areas of mutual interest and potential collaboration.
The visit provides a key opportunity, as part of our engagement work led from Brussels, to connect the wealth of RCP expertise and knowledge with EU and wider European policy-making.
Delegates from the RCP will consist of Paul Belcher (principal european advisor), Professor David Oliver (clinical vice-president), Professor Nick Sheron (RCP representative on European alcohol policies), Rhona Buckingham (executive director, Care Quality Improvement) and Nick Samuels (executive director, Policy, Strategy and Communications).
OECD and Health
OECD assists policy makers in developing strategies to address some of the significant health and health system challenges of today, by publishing comparative health system performance, identifying and sharing good practices across OECD member and partner countries, and responding to country-specific demands for tailored analyses and recommendations on particular policy problems.
Its work covers a range of issues including:
- developing a new generation of health indicators
- strengthening primary care and the prevention of illness
- improving the quality of hospital services
- tackling waste and helping tight resources go further
- effectively exploiting new technologies and ensuring effective integration into health systems
- adapting health care to address the complex needs of frail elderly
- assuring optimal care for chronic diseases, particularly cancer and cardiovascular diseases
- prevention and addressing the increased burden of chronic disease.
RCP involvement with OECD
In 2015 the RCP welcomed - and was involved in the Brussels launch of - the OECD report Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use – Economics and Public Health Policy. Earlier this year, RCP took part in the 5 yearly OECD Ministerial Health Forum and responded to an OECD consultation on access to innovative therapies.
Latest OECD health reports
Based in Paris, OECD's origins date back to 1960, when 18 European countries plus the United States and Canada joined forces to create an organisation dedicated to economic development. Today, it’s 35 Member countries span the globe, from North and South America to Europe and Asia-Pacific. They include many of the world’s most advanced countries but also emerging countries like Mexico, Chile and Turkey.