EHMA Programme Directors’ Group Annual Meeting
15 March 2017
Excellence in post-graduate health management programmes was a key-driver behind the establishment of EHMA in 1982 and it remains a principal focal point today. EHMA has an established Programme Directors’ Group, which brings together Programme and Course Directors, Heads of Department, Deans or any other individual representing a study course, to help ensure that taught programmes continue to provide the highest quality education for health managers, healthcare professionals and other stakeholders. Programme Directors’ Group meetings are a regular twice-a-year event, providing space for discussing pressing challenges, sharing knowledge on market needs, supporting improvement in programme content and delivery, and supporting the promotion of member programmes to prospective students.
Post graduate health management programmes lie at the heart EHMA. The academics who as Programme Directors came together to help form EHMA back in 1982 not only believed in the notion of health quality health management, but they also saw the need for stakeholders to work in partnership to support the achievement of such an aim. Thirty-five years on and that focus remains a core aspect of the EHMA work programme.
In February, the Programme Directors’ Group had its annual meeting at Kloster Eberbach in Germany. The group discussed the current challenges and strategic issues for postgraduate health management programmes, as well as a strategy paper that was presented by the Interim Executive Director, Dr Usman Khan. A lively discussion followed during which new ways to disseminate the work of the Programme Directors’ Group were assessed and a new range of partnership activities were outlined. Means to support the further internationalisation of the post graduate programmes delivered by the European Universities that form the heart of the Programme Directors’ Group and the potential to provide opportunities for students to take courses across programmes were just two of the initiatives to be taken forward.
On our second and final day, we were pleased to have Prof Dr Walter Sermeus (KU Leuven) to present on the subject of ‘Health innovation and the education of (future) leaders in health care’, which gave us much inspiration as to assess how this issue could be incorporated into our health management programmes.
We left with some clear thinking as to how we can develop our post graduate health management programmes and we look forward to the Annual Conference in Milan in June 2017, where we will hold a follow up session to discuss progress and to meet potential new members of the PD Group.
This blog was written by Dr Elly Breedveld and Dr Usman Khan
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What our Members say
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