Contracting for quality in long-term care in Europe

Follow-up study

C4Q2

PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR

Kai Leichsenring

PROJECT TEAM AT THE EUROPEAN CENTRE

Rahel Kahlert, Selma Kadi

EXTERNAL PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR

Alfonso Lara Montero and Martin Lichte, European Social Network (Brussels)

BACKGROUND

This project was built on the exploratory study “Contracting for Quality” (2010) that the European Centre and the European Social Network (ESN) carried out to analyse the relationships between financers, regulators, planners, case-managers, providers and users of long-term care in Europe.

Since that time, both political and legal frameworks have evolved rapidly. Already in 2010, the Social Protection Committee published the Voluntary European Quality Framework for Social Services, in 2014 the Directive 2014/24/EU on public procurement guided EU Member States “to ensure quality, continuity, accessibility, affordability, availability and comprehensiveness of the services, the specific needs of different categories of users, including disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, the involvement and empowerment of users and innovation.” And by 2017, the European Pillar of Social Rights guaranteed “the right to affordable long-term care services of good quality”. It was therefore analysed how sustainable provision and good quality of long-term care services can be ensured by public authorities. ESN members were involved to assess current policy and practice in procuring, commissioning and contracting long-term care services with a view to quality assurance and the choice of providers based on the best price-quality ratio.

AIMS

Apart from trying to disentangle terminological issues of procurement, commissioning and contracting, the study addressed the following research questions:

  • Who are the stakeholders in procuring, commissioning and contracting of long-term care?
  • How do models of procuring, commissioning and contracting of long-term care services in Europe differ?
  • How is quality defined and what types of agencies are responsible to ensure quality?
  • What are good practices in procuring, commissioning and contracting long-term care services in EU Member States?

METHODS

  • Desk research
  • Online survey
  • Policy seminar

ACTIVITIES/MILESTONES

  • Short literature review
  • Online survey
  • Policy seminar
  • Final report

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FUNDED BY

ESN - European Social Network

PROJECT DURATION

2020/02 – 2021/02