HOPE, the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation, is a European non-profit association founded in Rome in 1966. HOPE promotes improvements in the health of citizens throughout Europe and aims to foster efficiency, effectiveness and humanity in the organisation and operation of hospital services and of the health systems within which they function. HOPE members cover almost 80% of hospital activity in the EU and include representatives from national hospital owners’ organisations of the 28 Member States of the EU, Switzerland and Serbia.
One of the basic objectives of HOPE is to promote the 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, HOPE has organised an Exchange Programme for hospital professionals. The Exchange Programme is pivotal in achieving HOPE’s objective of promoting the exchange of knowledge and expertise within the European Union. It offers a chance for participants to receive invaluable training and experience from hospital and healthcare professionals across Europe. It equips participants with a better understanding of the functioning of healthcare and hospital systems within Europe. It also facilitates shared learning and the exchange of best practice.
The Exchange Programme lasts for approximately one month. At the end of the programme, all participants are invited to share their results at the HOPE Agora. The theme of this year’s Agora is ‘Innovation in Hospitals and Healthcare’. Participants will have the opportunity to investigate how this topic is developed in their host country and to make a presentation of their findings at the event.