HOPE Exchange Programme 2018

Applications are now invited from health professionals to participate in a programme designed to promote the exchange of knowledge and expertise within the EU and to provide training and experience for hospital and healthcare professionals in a European context. The length of the exchange period is 4 weeks, starting on Monday 7th May 2018 for all candidates.

Further information and application forms may be downloaded from the HOPE website.  The address of the website is: http://www.hope.be/hope-exchange-programme/

Completed application forms must be returned by 31st October 2017 to the National Co-ordinator, Mr. Eamonn Fitzgerald. Email: MMcCabe@hermitageclinic.ie.

For further information or enquiries on the programme, please contact Siobhán Regan on 086 6012165 or email siobhan.regan@hse.ie.

HOPE, the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation, is a European non-profit organisation, created in 1966 representing national public and private hospital associations and hospital owners. With 37 organisations from the 28 Member States of the European Union, Switzerland and the Republic of Serbia, HOPE covers almost the 80% of hospital and social care activity. HOPE mission is to promote improvements in the health of citizens and a uniformly high standard of hospital care by the European Union, fostering efficiency, effectiveness and humanity in the organisation and operations of hospital and health services.

One of the basic objectives of HOPE is to promote exchange of knowledge and expertise within the European Union and to provide training and experience for hospital and healthcare professionals in this European context. Since 1981, the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation is running the HOPE Exchange Programme. It consists in a 4-week training programme for professionals with managerial responsibilities working in hospitals and healthcare facilities.This Exchange Programme aims to lead to better understanding of the functioning of healthcare and hospital systems within the EU and neighbour countries, by facilitating co-operation and exchange of best practices.

The HOPE Exchange Programme is not a medical or technical programme. It is a multi professional programme. It is aimed at professions and professionals who are directly or indirectly involved in the management of European health care services and hospitals. They must be working in hospitals / healthcare facilities, adequately experienced in their profession with a minimum of three years of experience and having proficiency in the language that is accepted by the host country.

The emphasis of the programme is practical rather than academic and also takes into account the professional’s specific motivation for joining the programme as well as the agreed theme for the year. The theme for the HOPE Exchange Programme 2018 is “Improving the quality of healthcare using the experiences and competencies of patients: Are we ready?”

The length of the exchange period is 4 weeks, starting on Monday 7th May 2018 for all candidates. It has been followed, since 1988, by an evaluation meeting and since 1992 also by a seminar in June, to which all professionals of the HOPE Exchange Programme are invited. Each year these meetings are organised in a different country by its national delegation of HOPE. In 2018, this will take place in Stockholm, Sweden from Sunday 3rd to Tuesday 5th June. During the evaluation meeting each professional is requested to contribute to a national presentation of his/her experiences abroad.