Senior managers from health systems in Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands have just completed a four week study programme in Ireland learning about both private and public acute hospitals and the wider health care landscape. The study programme in Ireland this spring was co-ordinated by the Hermitage Clinic and included visits in Dublin and throughout the Midlands. Managers on the programme can come from diverse backgrounds. On this occasion the participants visiting the Hermitage include a Nursing Director of Education, Nurse Manager in ED and a Senior HR Manager
Welcoming the visitors to Ireland PHA CEO Simon Nugent said “This is a very important exchange programme organised every year by our European organisation HOPE – The European Hospitals and Healthcare Federation. The challenges facing all European health systems are the same – increasing demand, aging populations, growing prevalence of chronic conditions requiring continuing care and so on – but the solutions we come up with in different countries can vary dramatically. Visiting participants are challenged to find approaches in their host country that might be applicable and make a difference back home.
The visitors to Ireland will compare notes with their colleagues from other EU states at a workshop in Rome in early June where all the learning is pooled enabling HOPE to publish a report on the theme of the future of European hospitals and healthcare.
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