This year, the Spanish Ministry of Health has received 13 European participants in the HOPE 2023 exchange programme from seven European countries: Germany, Austria, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Sweden. With this initiative, Health promotes cooperation, exchange and the free movement of health professionals.
The training programme took place between 8 May and this Sunday, 4 June, with the focus on achieving a better understanding of the functioning of health and hospital systems in the European Union. To this end, the Ministry of Health held a day in which it explained to the participants how the National Health System works and presented the actions carried out in hospitals to reduce the carbon footprint and the impact of climate change on health.
Subsequently, the exchange healthcare professionals stayed in the different autonomous communities: Andalusia, Castile and Leon, Catalonia, Galicia, Balearic Islands, Madrid, Murcia and Navarre.
In turn, 12 Spanish professionals from different communities (Andalusia, Castile and Leon, Catalonia, Balearic Islands, Madrid, Murcia and Navarre) will carry out the exchange programme in different countries of the European Union (Italy, France, Poland, Netherlands) and the United Kingdom, to learn from their health systems. The programme will end in Brussels with an evaluation and a final conference.
40th edition of the HOPE exchange programme
The European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE) is organising the 40th edition of this exchange programme with the theme Climate and Environment: challenges for Hospitals and healthcare services.
HOPE is a European non-governmental, non-profit association established in 1966. Its aim is to promote the improvement of the health of the citizens of the countries of the European Union, to advise on issues relating to standards of delivery, organisation and operation of hospital services and to promote effectiveness, efficiency and humanisation in the organisation and operation of hospitals, health services and health systems in the countries of the European Union.
HOPE represents more than 14,000 hospitals in Europe. With 36 organisations from the 27 Member States of the European Union, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the Republic of Serbia. Spain has been a member of HOPE since 1986.
The Ministry of Health is the Spanish representative in HOPE and coordinates the participation of the autonomous communities in the various activities of the programme.