HUMAN CAPITAL, PROFESSIONALISM AND PEOPLE MANAGEMENT
A robust and competent workforce is key to achieving optimal health systems. Proper management of human resources–from effective planning and strong incentivisation programmes to skill building–can support the delivery of health services. Patients can trust that their care will come from qualified health professionals.
Why we care
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the integral role of the health workforce in the resilience and sustainability of health systems. Apart from the post-COVID ‘great resignation’, Europe has begun to experience shortages of healthcare workers and face issues like recruitment and retention, mobility and migration of such staff. Health systems that aim to be on the vanguard of patient care and safety must first ensure that health professionals receive the opportunities to develop their education and skillsets further in this digitally-centred world.
AMR-EDUCare – EduCation on Antimicrobial REsistance for the health workforce
AMR-EDUCare will train over 4,000 health professionals to address antimicrobial resistance in the areas of prescription, waste management and patient empowerment.View More
TRANSiTION – Digital TRANSition and dIgiTal resilience in ONcology
TRANSiTION will up- and re-skill the health workforce to meet the current and future needs of effective cancer care.View More
EPACT – The AlliancE for the digitalisation of hosPitAls medication management pathways
EPACT advocates for the implementation of digital medication management tools in hospitals’ medication management pathways to enhance patient safety and healthcare professionals’ well-being.View More
BeWell – A Future Health Workforce Strategy on Digital and Green Skills
BeWell will prepare a strategy on upskilling and reskilling the European healthcare workforce to be able to cope with future challenges and evolving societal expectations.View More
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
EUHPP Stakeholder Network – Profiling and Training the Healthcare Workforce of the Future
This official EU Stakeholder Network is a community of practice around the evolving skills required of the EU health workforceView More
DISH – Digital & Innovation Skills Helix in Health
DISH provides the health and social care professionals with digital skills so they can fully maximise their use of innovative eHealth products and solutions.View More
iRaise – Upskilling professionals for more efficient innovation adoption
A hands-on training programme for healthcare organisations promoting innovation to boost demand-driven, effective and sustainable adoption of breakthrough digital solutions.View More
EU Joint Action on Health Workforce Planning
The Joint Action looks at improving health workforce planning and forecasting mechanisms, which are recognised as crucial to support evidence-based policy and tackle expected shortages.View More
HEALTH PROMeTHEUS – Health professional mobility in the European Union study
HEALTH PROMeTHEUS looks at existing patterns of professional mobility and the organisational, contextual and personal factors that affect the mobility of health professionals, highlighting feasible an...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