Professional development and international exchange opportunities


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. 

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. 

WHO - Health for all film festival

In May 2020 the World Health Organisation (WHO) will host the first ‘Health for All film festival’ during the 73rd world health assembly in Geneva. Filmmakers, both amateur and professional, can submit short videos covering any of the three topics:

  • Short films showing human interest stories and testimonies about health from individuals, communities, and/or healthcare workers navigating a personal, local or global health challenge, championing solutions, or driving change
  • Animations showing testimonies, health messaging and challenges and solutions to achieving health for all. 
  • Videos celebrating the work of nurses and midwives, showing how they impact people’s lives and the daily realities of work. 

This is an opportunity for the NHS to share the innovative approaches being taken by organisations and individuals to find to solution to local, national and global problems. The closing date for submissions is 30th January 2020.  

International young executive leaders programme

The NHS Confederation sponsors the International Hospital Federation Young Executive Leader Programme. The programme offers two 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.

If the successful UK applicants come from amongst NHS Confederation member organisations, we will sponsor their transport and accommodation to the World Hospitals Congress. 

In addition, NHS Confederation will gift successful UK candidates free entry to the Confed19 conference.

Applications for 2019 are now closed.

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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