GOVERNANCE, LEADERSHIP AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Governance is the framework through which health systems and organisations set and oversee clear strategic goals to ensure:
- Quality and safety of patient care
- Performance of services
- Effective compliance with laws, regulations and ethical responsibilities
- Preparation of future trends and developments in health management and systems
Leadership is a key principle of governance and must be embedded within governance systems to ensure that systems and organisations can accomplish their objectives. Social responsibility is an ethical framework that underlines how the choices of individuals may affect all of society. Health professionals, health managers and health systems should be accountable for their behaviours in their communities.
Why we care
Governance is complex and evolving. We still do not have a universal common framework or simple concept of health system governance. However, when we become more effective in governance to achieve strategic objectives, health systems improve, and citizens benefit from higher valued outcomes. At the same time, social responsibility as applied to health management strictly intertwines with the concepts of resilience and sustainability. Promoting durable health systems translates to the delivery of quality care, optimal resource consumption and minimal impact on the environment.
EUVECA – European Platform for Vocational Excellence in Health Care
EUVECA supports the development of future-oriented skills within the health and care sector through the creation of 7 European Regional Vocational Excellence Hubs.View More
REBECCA – REsearch on BrEast Cancer induced chronic conditions supported by Causal Analysis of multi-source data
The REBECCA project taps into the potential of Real-World Data to support clinical research and to improve existing clinical workflows.View More
EcoQUIP+ – Delivering Efficiency, Quality, and Sustainability in Healthcare
A collaborative project improving the sustainability of healthcare through innovation procurementView More
European Alliance for Value in Health
The vision of the European Alliance for Value in Health (EAVH) is to achieve health systems that are value-based, sustainable, and people-centred.View More
EU Health Coalition
The EU Health Coalition looks at mapping the future of healthcare in Europe so that it is people-centred, based on prevention, wellbeing, value and outcomes, and reducing health inequalities.View More
All Policies for Healthy Europe (AP4HE)
All Policies for a Healthy Europe (AP4HE) is an intersectoral initiative that aims to ensure that citizen’s health and well-being are a core priority for Europe and a strategic objective for the nex...View More
TO-REACH – Transferring innovation in health systems
TO-REACH provides the groundwork for a future joint research programme that will contribute to the resilience, effectiveness, equity, accessibility and comprehensiveness of health services and systems...View More
Mental Health Advocacy Platform
Mental Health Europe is committed to the promotion of positive mental health, prevention of mental distress, improvement of care, advocacy for social inclusion and the protection of the rights of (ex)...View More
MULTI-ACT – A collective research impact framework and multi-variate models to foster the true engagement of actors and stakeholders in health research and innovation
MULTI-ACT creates and implements a new model that allows for the effective cooperation of all relevant stakeholders in health research for people with brain diseases.View More
IC-Health – Improving digital health literacy in Europe
IC-Health improves digital health literacy in Europe by designing open-access online courses (MOOCs) for varying populations including children, adolescents, pregnant and lactating women, elderly and ...View More
CHRODIS – Addressing chronic diseases and healthy ageing across the life cycle
CHRODIS identifies, validates, exchanges and disseminates good practices on chronic diseases across EU Member States and facilitates their uptake across local, regional and national borders.View More
ENGAGED – Community building on active and healthy ageing
ENGAGED builds a learning community to nurture the emergence of innovative and sustainable active and healthy ageing (AHA) services that maximise technology use.View More
PaSQ – Joint Action on Patient Safety and Quality of Care
PaSQ facilitates the exchange of information on issues related to the quality of healthcare, patient safety, and patient involvement, establishing common principles at the EU levelView More
EPAAC – European Partnership for Action Against Cancer
EPAAC raises awareness about cancer prevention by disseminating the European Code Against Cancer with proven communication strategies and engagement with policymakers at the European, national and sub...View More
ECHO – European Collaboration for Healthcare Optimisation
ECHO describes the performance of six healthcare systems, including in hospital and health systems areas, and at regional and national levels.View More
PROGRESS – Feasibility study on the establishment of an EU Sector Council on Employment and Skills for Nursing and the Associated Care Workforce
A feasibility study for establishing the foundations and need of a future European Union Sector Council on employment and skills for nursing and the associated care workforceView More
EuroDRG – Diagnosis-Related Groups in Europe: towards Efficiency and Quality
EuroDRG advances collaboration in diagnosis-related-group-based systems, improving how EU Member States organise their health systems and apply research to empower policymakers and decision-makers in ...View More
Developing Public Health Capacity in the EU – A review of the capacity of EU Member States to develop and implement public health policies and interventions
The project reviews the current public health capacity in Europe and sets out recommendations for European Union action and support.View More
SHARE – Supporting and structuring Healthgrid Activities and Research in Europe: developing a roadmap
SHARE creates a roadmap for the technological developments necessary for a successful take-up of health grids.View More
HealthACCESS – Mapping health services access: national and cross-border issues
HealthACCESS maps issues regarding access to appropriate health services within countries that can either encourage or prohibit cross-border flows and structures, contacts and procedures established w...View More
Managing diversity in public health and social care in the interest of all citizens
This project looks into combatting discrimination in health and social services through the recruitment and promotion of staff into senior management positions to benefits all citizens.View More
Tackling health inequalities and social exclusion in Europe
Tackling health inequalities and social exclusion in Europe.View More
CARMEN – Care and management of services for older people in Europe Network
CARMEN compares methods for integrated care, which included methods of assessment and service delivery; planning care provisions, monitoring, and management of care performance; and network co-ordinat...View More
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