Professional development and international exchange opportunities


International young executive leaders programme

The International Hospital Federation Young Executive Leader Programme offers young healthcare managers from the UK each year the opportunity to join an international cohort of young executive leaders to discuss current trends, challenges and opportunities in healthcare leadership with international peers and thought leaders, and work together on a project that they will share at the World Hospitals Congress. 

Applications for 2020 are now open, with a submission deadline of 15 March.

THET - Africa mother and child grants programme

If you've previously partnered with a healthcare organisation for more than 6 months in one of these Low-and-Middle-income countries*, then you might be eligible to apply for funding of up to £75K from the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET), as part of their Africa Mother and Child Grants Programme.

The programme aims to deliver projects designed to build the capacity of health workers involved in surgical interventions for mothers and children, with a particular focus on building the clinical leadership and management capacity of nurses, midwives and clinical officers. 

In line with the overseas countries' policies and plans, interventions should be designed to last from 12 to15 months and build measurable and sustainable improvements in care for the most under-served patients in this population group, which will last after the project has been completed. Interventions should also promote and support Multi- Disciplinary Team (MDT) working. 

Funding can support the delivery of training and workshops, travel costs, and a proportion of equipment and project management costs. 

More information can be found on the FAQ sheet or by watching the THET webinar. Applications are open until midnight on 23rd February 2020. 

*Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia

Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts to the European Health Management Association 2020 conference in Rotterdam between 9-11 June 2020 is now open. 

The key topic of this conference will follow on from the ‘6 pillars’ at this year’s conference in Helsinki: Digital transformation, Systems & organisational governance, Integration, Personalisation, Sustainability and Value based Healthcare. 

Members will have the opportunity to share their experiences of implanting integrated care and learn from European countries working to implement their own versions of integrated care. The deadline for submissions in 15 February 2020.

International Hospital Federation

Papers and poster submissions are now open for the 44th IHF Annual World Hospital Congress in Barcelona, from the 2-5th November 2020.

The overarching theme for this year’s congress will be “People on board, transforming healthcare. Future is now”. Submissions can range how artificial intelligence can be developed in an ethical way, to the tools that enable healthcare organisations to adapt quickly to change and operate flexibly.  The deadline for submissions is 14 February 2020. 

HOPE European Exchange Programme

The NHS Confederation sits on the HOPE Board and promotes the annual HOPE European Exchange programme. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for:

  1. Healthcare managers or clinicians with at least three years’ experience in a healthcare management role to understand the challenges of a healthcare system outside the UK.
  2. NHS Trust/Foundation Trusts or Clinical Commissioning Groups interested in sharing your expertise with international colleagues and engaging with them to share best practice from their home countries.

This short video provides an introduction to the Exchange programme, with more details on the programme here.


Learn more and register interest for 2020: UK HOPE Exchange Programme portal

Hope Study Tours

HOPE occasionally offers European study tours for senior managers in healthcare. More details.

International Hospitals Federation international mentorship programme

The NHS Confederation represents the UK in the international working group to develop international mentorship opportunities for senior health service managers. Updates in due course.

International special interest groups

Through memberships of international associations, NHS Confederation members have access to a range of international special interest groups:

International Hospital Federation: international special interest groups and other activities



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