HOPE UK member organised on 29-30 October 2015 a study visit for senior healthcare professionals, managers and policy makers on “Assuring quality in the English NHS”. The English NHS has seen significant reforms in the past 5 years, with an increasing focus on the quality of care provided. This study tour is aimed at clinical and managerial colleagues working in senior operational, policy or strategic roles in other European health systems. The two-day programme will provide delegates with a deeper knowledge of the NHS in England, including how healthcare is purchased and regulated from both a financial, quality and safety perspective. Additionally, there will be a strong focus on the largest component of the workforce in the NHS - its nurses - and how important nurses and nurse leadership is in providing and maintaining quality.
Oulu Healthcare Ecosystem consists in an established model of collaboration combining professionals with different background and experience (health, wellbeing, research, biology, companies and ICT). It represents a unique living lab developing advanced tools and technologies, based in the capital of Northern Finland, the fastest growing Region in the country.
St This study tour showed participants important developments in Belgian and Dutch curative care: the development of an integrated supply of healthcare services in rural regions and some examples of worldwide pioneering innovations.
The Estonian Hospitals Association has organised HOPE fourth study tour for senior hospital professionals and managers on “Health services’ planning and contracting in Estonia” from 20 to 24 October 2009 in Tallinn, Estonia.
A third tour has been organised in April 22-24, 2009 by the Spanish HOPE member on Organ donation. On invitation of the Spanish Ministry of Health and Social Policy and on the initiative of HOPE, ten professionals from Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Malta, Sweden and the United Kingdom have had the opportunity to get information on the national system on organ donation and transplantation. The study tour was a two and a half days visit in Madrid: the Central Office of ONT, meeting with Dr. Matesanz, Director of the Spanish National Transplant Organization (ONT); the regional health authorities of Madrid; the Spanish Health Ministry; and the transplant coordinator offices of different hospitals, Clínico and hospital Infantil La Paz.
In 2008, HOPE has organised for the first time a study tour for senior hospital professionals and managers. HOPE Finnish member accepted to initiate this first study visit, which took place in Finland on June 10-13, 2008 on the issue Same Day Admission: Design and Practice in Surgical Operations. More than forty health professionals from all over Europe applied to attend the study visit. Because of its great success, a second study tour has been organised in Finland on October 27-31, 2008.