20 February 2018

On 13-14 February in Kloster Eberbach, Germany took place the EHMA 2018 Programme Directors’ Winter Retreat. As a regular twice a year event, this Programme Directors’ meeting focused on internationalization, accreditation issues, global society, big data and its impact on health care management programmes. Attendees shared their challenges with colleagues, as well as best practices and innovative ideas in their areas of expertise. EHMA has set together with the Programme Directors’ an action plan, which includes many exciting initiatives in the upcoming years.

If you are a Programme Director, then join the next meeting during EHMA 2018 conference and use the chance to network, exchange views and build partnerships.

See what Programme Directors say about EHMA 2018 Programme Directors’ Winter Retreat and why YOU should join?
Maarten Janssen, Erasmus University Rotterdam: “What I like about the Programme Directors’ meeting is that it is a safe environment to share experience and to learn from each other. This is my second time, when I attend this event, and I see that people are working on the same topics, so you are not alone in your struggles and you can learn how others do things just by asking proper questions. Also, one of the main reasons I like to attend this event is the networking opportunities: for example, during the coffee break I talked to one of the colleagues about the study tour we are planning later this year and he will help me to get in contact with relevant people.”

Stephen Brookes, University of Manchester: “I’ve been a member of the group for approximately five years and I’ve always found it a very useful meeting not only in terms of people that we meet, but also the ideas that we exchange and certainly from my perspective as a Programme Director I get a great value  from the discussions here such as the developments of the new programmes from its very beginning to its implementation. Certainly the networking is one of the greatest positives and I think one of the changes for healthcare today is the internationalization of it and the need to understand how healthcare systems differ across different countries- it’s the largest industry in the world and there is not enough exchange of information between healthcare systems and the same applies to healthcare management and healthcare leadership.”

Daiga Behmane, Riga Stradins University : “I like to attend this EHMA event, because it gives me a lot of new ideas about the development of health management programmes, that we run at our University. I like to exchange experience and the best part of it, is to understand that the problems that you have at home are the common problems for other colleagues too.”

Share your Health Management Programmes in our EHMA 2018 Learning Lounge in Budapest! 

For EHMA Members FREE Marketing Platform at EHMA 2018: as part of the new EHMA membership benefits use the chance to exhibit and represent your Health Management Programme in our Learning Lounge Section in Budapest. Showcase teaching excellence of your University and increase its visibility!

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I have been active in EHMA since the first years of the '90s and I have seen its evolution from a small association of members interested in sharing knowledge on health management practices to the current status of reference and advisory key player for EU, health systems and organisations, stakeholders associations, industry and universities. EHMA is now a unique knowledge hub, policy advisor, community of practice and network of best in class organisations involved in health policy and management. A place where health managers can build their competences, policy-makers and stakeholder associations envision how to implement and sustain change through health management, industry leaders understand how to engage more effectively with health organisations and systems. The right place to nurture and grow health management capabilities and capacity for every stakeholder of health systems.

Prof. Federico Lega, University of Milan, Italy

Health management has a crucial function in shaping public health and health system challenges. The Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria had success in collaborating with EHMA on EU-funded projects that has resourced us to create new health management competencies for the future workforce. In addition to all classical definitions, health management is a science dealing with individuals, groups, and society at large. It is an art contributing to the beauty of our lives and an interactive communication process at all levels of institutions and human energy. I have also had the pleasure to chair the South Eastern European Special Interest Group which gives members a space to discuss and tools to address how health systems are managed in our regions.

Prof. Todorka Kostadinova, Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria

I enjoy the high level of interaction and engagement in EHMA’s activities, in particular during the annual conference where the panel discussions are rich and well prepared. As a hospital manager and professor of health management, EHMA motivates and inspires me to be creative. You go back home feeling energised from seeing old friends and making new connections, as well as being convinced of serving as EHMA’s ambassador. It’s a strong feeling of interdisciplinary engagement, but it also feels like being part of family-like community.

Prof. Sandra C. Buttigieg, University of Malta, Malta

EHMA is a pre-eminent organisation for everyone working in planning, managing and delivering health services across Europe. As a long standing member of EHMA I have always been impressed by the vibrant community of managers, researchers and academics it has created and by the many opportunities for sharing knowledge and funding opportunities it has brought to its members. Its international scope is impressive and its impact is often felt in management and research across European and national health systems.

Prof. Axel Kaehne, Edge Hill University, UK

Health workforce has become more essential in operating, managing and maintaining health systems lately, particularly in crisis and emergency situations. European healthcare professions and the workforce need to be high on the agenda of managers and decision makers. The Health Services Management Training Centre, Semmelweis University in Hungary is a longstanding EHMA member, because it connects us with collaborators and experts, with whom we can have complex debates, from whom we can learn and at the end find solutions in various challenging fields of healthcare management.

Dr Eszter Kovács, Health Services Management Training Centre, Semmelweis University, Hungary

As a hospital administrator and health management professor, I see on a daily basis that the healthcare challenges require talented and skilled managers to transform it. the EHMA membership has been beneficial to bring healthcare management research and education to the demanding healthcare services world, promoting healthcare management competencies and knowledge creation.

Dr Alexandre Lourenco, APAH - Association of Portuguese Hospital Managers, Portugal

Many healthcare systems in Europe and beyond are facing similar challenges which require innovative and creative solutions. EHMA’s annual conference, webinars, Programme Directors’ group and other activities and resources provide incredible opportunities for networking, connecting and sharing experiences. A distinct feature of EHMA is the diversity of members with representation from many countries, sectors and different communities of practice – academic, policy-makers, practitioners, managers, leaders and students. The annual conference is a highlight in the calendar year, offering a friendly, fun and learningful environment for emerging and established members to engage, collaborate and meet up with old and new friends. I am proud to be a member of the EHMA Board.

Prof. Ann Mahon, University of Manchester, UK

Society evolution, pandemics and ageing modify health needs. So, health policies and services are to change dramatically. EHMA, through webinars, workshops and annual conference provides an excellent insight to a professional changing world, favouring closeness to management innovation and the protagonists of these changes. As a primary care services’ manager, participating in EHMA activities is really worth it and allows to involve oneself in the innovation processes.

Dr Antoni Peris Grao, Consorci Castelldefels Agents de Salut (CASAP), Spain