Hope Exchange Programme

Information on the annual HOPE Exchange Programme and the value in participating, both as a host organisation and as an individual.

8 July 2019

Every year the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE) runs an exchange programme to promote the sharing of knowledge and expertise within the European Union and to provide training and experience for hospital and healthcare professionals.

This Exchange Programme covers a four-week training period and is open to anyone with a minimum of three years experience working in hospitals and/or healthcare facilities and since 2004, the NHS has welcomed 135 EU visitors and seen over 65 UK participants experience other healthcare systems. 

HOPE has produced a series of short informative videos about their annual exchange programme. There are three videos in total - one providing general informationone aimed at participants and one intended for host institutions.

HOPE Exchange Programme 2020

Applications are open for the 2020 Exchange Programme, which will run from 11 May to 7 June 2020. Details of the programme and application procedure can be found here. Applications should be returned by 31 October 2019.

HOPE Exchange Programme - previous years' reports 

HOPE's 38th annual Exchange Programme ran from 6 May to 4 June 2019. The programme was followed by the annual HOPE Agora in Ljubljana on 2 to 4 June.

HOPE's 37th annual Exchange Programme ran from 7 May to 5 June 2018, with the annual HOPE Agora taking place in Stockholm on 3 to 5 June 2018, during which participants shared their experiences of the 2018 exchange programme.

HOPE's 36th annual Exchange Programme ran from 15 May to 14 June 2017, followed by a conference and evaluation meeting (HOPE Agora) in Dublin from 11 to 13 June 2017. The conference was organised by the Health Management Institute of Ireland.

The main topic of the 2017 Exchange Programme was “Organisational Innovation in Hospitals and Healthcare”. Presentations from the Agora are available for download.

The 2016 Programme, ran from 9 May to 5 June 2016, followed by a conference and evaluation meeting (HOPE Agora) in Rome from 6 to 8 June. The topic for the 2016 programme was "Innovation in hospitals and healthcare: the way forward". 

The 2015 Exchange programme was hosted in the UK by the The Leadership Academy. The programme ran from 4-30 May 2015, followed by a conference and evaluation meeting (Agora) in Warsaw, on 31 May to 2 June 2015 (presentations available). The theme of this year's programme was "Hospitals 2020".

The theme for the 2014 Exchange Programme was "Quality First! Challenges in the changing hospital and healthcare environment". The programme ran from 28 April to 25 May 2014 and closed with a conference and evaluation meeting (HOPE Agora) in Amsterdam, on 26-28 May. More details can be found on the HOPE website

The overarching theme for the 2013 Exchange Programme was "Patient Safety in Practice: how to manage risks to patient safety and quality in European healthcare".and the Programme finished with an Agora in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 10 - 12 June 2013, where the 141 participants of the 2013 programme presented the results of their experiences from the four weeks they spent in another country. View presentations from the 2013 Agora.

The report of the 2013 Agora and Exchange Programme has now been published. Download your copy.

The report of the 2012 European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE) Exchange Programme has now been published, focusing on the challenges faced by hospitals as they cope with an ageing workforce and ageing patients. Download the report.

The report of the 2011 Exchange Programme is also available. 'Better health - a shared challenge for hospitals and primary health care', builds on the experiences and learning of the hundreds of healthcare professionals who participated in the Programme across the range of European healthcare systems.

You can also download the 2010 report, The Chronic Patient: a clinical and managerial challenge, which built on the experiences of the hundreds of health professionals who participated two years ago.   

More information on the NHS European Office's work with European partner organisations more generally, including HOPE, can be found on the our partners page or by contacting Elisabetta Zanon.