Development of a Nordic model for sustainable systems in healthcare sector

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Development of a Nordic model for sustainable systems in healthcare sector – in response to needs from patients, employees and society
Peter Hasle, professor
Centre for Industrial Production, Aalborg University Copenhagen
7th Novo Symposium, 25-26 November, Helsinki, Finland

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Development of a Nordic model for sustainable systems in healthcare sector

  1. 1. Development of a Nordic model for sustainable systems in healthcare sector – in response to needs from patients, employees and society 7th Novo Symposium, 25-26 November, Helsinki Sustainable Health Care – Innovative Health Care Organizations Peter Hasle, professor Centre for Industrial Production, Aalborg University Copenhagen
  2. 2. The NOVO vision ‘a Nordic Model for sustainable systems’ in the healthcare sector Society Patient Efficiency Quality NOVO Employee Work environment Peter Hasle
  3. 3. The NOVO challenge • The three legs take place in different spheres – Politicians and management pushes for efficiency, and quality and work environment are jeopardised – Staff is concerned with quality and to some extent work environment and resist efficiency – Work environment is left with professionals and OHSrepresentatives who push for sidecar interventions with limited effect • ‘Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet’ Kipling, 1889 Peter Hasle
  4. 4. Healthcare under pressure • A rapid growth in demands: – More patients (chronics, elderly, multiple diagnosis) – New expensive treatments – Higher quality expectations • Public budget restrictions • Lack of qualified staff • Competition from a growing private sector • Frequent criticism from the media Peter Hasle
  5. 5. Examples of recent Danish political initiatives • Guarantees: – Max two month before treatment starts – Max one month for a cancer diagnosis – Max one month for start of cancer treatment – Max one month for start of heart disease treatment • Structural reforms – Closing small hospitals – Merging hospitals on separate localities – Building new larger ‘super’ hospitals • The Danish quality model (a certified quality control standard) Peter Hasle
  6. 6. Organisational changes of the medical department at Slagelse hospital 1992: The Medical department is merged with the Neurological Deparment to at Medical Area. 2001 The hospitals in the region are scrapped as organisational units and replaced with five centres. The Medical department is included in the Medical Centre distributed on several geographies. Neurology is separated again and moved to another locality. 2005 The Medical Centre is restructured into specialities. The consequences is three ward managements of the former Medical department at Slagelse Hospital. 2007 The center structure is scrapped and several local hospitals are merged into Hospial West. The triple ward structure of the former Medical department is maintained. 2008 Hospital West is scrapped and destributed on Hospital North and Hospital South. The specialised ward structure for medicine is also scrapped and the former Medical Department is reestablished. 2009 Parts of the Medical Department is separated and placed in a new Emergency Department. Hasle & Jensen, 2012 Peter Hasle
  7. 7. Growing complexity • Average days in a hospital bed: – 1935 = 30 days – Today = 3.5 days • Possible interpersonal relations in a 20 beds ward: – 1935 = 105 – Today = >4500 Jørgensen, Glostrup Hospital, 2013 Peter Hasle
  8. 8. Productivity development in Danish hospitals Danish average 8 weeks strike Peter Hasle Danske Regioner et al., 2012 Produktivitetskommissionen, 2013
  9. 9. A possible consequence Peter Hasle
  10. 10. Conclusion: - more for less • A challenge i itself • And putting pressure on – The working environment – Professionalism – Quality – Politicians • There is a need to develop new models • Do we have or can we develop a Nordic model which meets these challenges? Peter Hasle
  11. 11. The Nordic model The Nordic welfare state • A trust based collaborative democracy • High taxes • Public services for everyone A collaborative labour market • Mutual recognition • High membership density • Wide coverage of collective agreements Integration of state and labour market • Development of institutions • Agreements, legislation and regulation mixed Peter Hasle
  12. 12. The challenged Nordic model • Incrased global competition – Cost reduction – Rapid innovation – Constant change • A welfare state in a deadlock – Demographic changes – Increasing expectations – Limited resources • The (post)modernistic society – Identity creation and individualism – Neoliberal economic ideology • The present economic crisis Peter Hasle
  13. 13. The Nordic model alive European Working Conditions Survey 2010 Peter Hasle
  14. 14. European Working Conditions Survey 2005 Peter Hasle
  15. 15. Trust in other people in Europe Scale 1-10 Selected countries 0,0 1,0 2,0 3,0 4,0 5,0 6,0 7,0 8,0 Denmark Finland Sweden Norway Netherlands Belgium France UK EU-27 Italy Austria Germany Poland Czeck Rep. Portugal Greece Cyprus European Quality of life survey 2007 Peter Hasle
  16. 16. The Nordic model and health care • Free health care – From family doctors and hospitals to disability and elderly care – Although some tendencies for user payment • Public services – Although a growing private sector • Very high union density • Collective agreements covering the whole sector • Wide coverage of shop stewards, OHS reps and joint collaborative committees Peter Hasle
  17. 17. The resources for a model for sustainable health care The traditional resources: • Economic capital (money) • Physical capital (buildings, technology, infrastructure) • Human kapital (the human compentences) The ‘new’ resources (Nordic strengths): • Social capital (the capability to solve joint tasks in collaboration) • Cultural capital (institutions and shared understandings) Peter Hasle
  18. 18. The collaborative hospital – a Nordic model for sustainable healthcare Structures Social relations Patients Core task Peter Hasle Processes
  19. 19. The foundation: The core task (sometimes mission or core activity) • The core task is neither simple nor unambigous • Both a staple core and a continous development of the understanding of the core task • Different professions and units contribute differently to solution af the core task • Clarification is both a matter for owners, management and employees • But also for patients, citizens, politicians and other stakeholders • Ownership crucial for engagement and collaboration for solution of the core task • Each individual needs to make sense of his or hers contribution and the have a voice in clarification • The understanding of the core task is developed through both dialogue and concrete work Peter Hasle
  20. 20. Parallel value systems in hospitals Doctors: Best possible treatment of the individual patient Clinical Managers: Most possible cure for the money Patients as the core Efficiency And space for the patients’ voice? Care Nurses: Best possible fulfilment of the patients needs
  21. 21. The first pilar: Social relations • Social relations crucial for joint understanding of the core task and recognition of differencies in understandings • Not only between professions and organisational units but also with patients • Good social relations secure efficient operation and well-being • Relationel coordination and interprofessional learning key tools: – Shared goals – Shared knowledge – Mutual respect Peter Hasle
  22. 22. The second pilar: processes • From: parallel professional and unit tasks based on a resource view • To: a linked flow of task in a patient care pathway • Lean, productive ward and integrated care pathways key methodologies • Many concrete tools with value stream mapping as the most important • A simplified understanding of value and waste is a major pitfall • An ongoing discussion of lean: beneficial or mean Peter Hasle
  23. 23. The roof: structures • The skeleton which makes processes and social relations possible • Division of work, physical environment, organisational units, rewards, recruitment, meetings, information system etc. • Support relations and processes: – Meetings across professions to support relational coordination and flow by discussing todays tasks – Recruitment and competence development to support respect for other professions and orientation towards the shared tasks Peter Hasle
  24. 24. The patient in the core • Are we working for or together with the patient? • All staff at hospitals are focussing on the patient – But patient needs are taken for granted and the professional knows best • Patient involvement is a hot political issue in Denmark – Difficult for both staff and patients to tackle • A new possibility – More and more patients engage in their own treatment – It requires interprofessional collaboration – Co-creation with patients rethinks the system Peter Hasle
  25. 25. A few examples from a new project: experience with social capital in hospitals • A patient seminar with 5-10 patients before surgery, participation of doctors, nurses, physioterapist, and occupational therapists • A brief ‘lean’ meeting every morning with participation of the surgery team for the day (surgeon, surgical nurse, anesthesiologist and others) • An interprofessional team in gynaecology carried out an interview study of patient experience resulting in aha discoveries and introduction of patient coordinator and interprofessional teams Peter Hasle
  26. 26. The collaborative hospital – a Nordic model Social relations: • Social capital • Relational coordination • Interprofessional learning Structures: • Division of work • Procedures • Goals • Rewards • Meetings • Information Clarifying Co-creation with patients value systems Processes • Lean & productive ward • Value stream mapping • Kaizen Peter Hasle Performance • Quality • Efficiency • Well-being
  27. 27. Research needs in the development of a Nordic model for healthcare • Theoretical questions: – How to understand the peculiarities of healthcare compared to traditional industrial and bureaucratic organisations? • Methodological questions: – How to study healthcare which is changing so rapidly and has so great expectations for traditional evidence? • Emperical questions: – What is the consequences of the rapid restructuring and rationalisation (real life experiments)? – What methods to use to integrate efficiency, quality and work environment (interventions)? – How to co-create with patients? Peter Hasle
  28. 28. ‘Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat; But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth, When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!’ Kipling, 1889 Thank you for your attention Peter Hasle hasle@business.aau.dk

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