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NHS European Office International Bulletin
Friday, 28 February 2020
International health is in the headlines this month as countries work to manage the coronavirus outbreak. You can find the World Health Organisation’s latest information here.

The challenge highlights the importance of international learning, sharing and collaborating. In the links below, I argue in a recent op-ed that the UK, the EU and other countries need to work together to realise the opportunity of AI in healthcare. And our international intelligence-scanning service this month focuses on learning from other countries’ approaches to using multidisciplinary teams to deliver better health services.

Beyond the formal politics, there are many opportunities. Check out the study visits, summer school, webinars, Young Executive Leaders programme and more below to find productive ways you and your teams can learn from international health service experience this year.

Dr Layla McCay, NHS Confederation director of international relations
In this month’s intelligence scanning service, we highlight: 
  • A case study from The Commonwealth Fund, a US think tank, which explores the increased use of Community Health Workers to deliver care outside of the primary care setting
  • A study from the International Journal of Integrated Care on multidisciplinary team working and its effect on patient outcomes
  • A new toolkit from Canada designed to support the implementation of Value Based Health Care across health systems
  • A Lancet exposé on how funding of research in low-and-middle income countries needs to change to avoid the research outcomes reflecting too much the priorities of the research funders
  • A study from South Korea on establishing a framework for assessing the performance of the country’s insurance funded long-term care
  • A white paper from the Australian College of Nursing on the wider use of advanced practice nursing and how it can support the provision of better care to poorly served and marginalised populations
Find out what we learned at our attendance at various international conferences and how it might be applied to the NHS.

European Data Strategy

Earlier this month, the European Commission unveiled its data strategy for the European single market. The strategy includes specific measures for health, including measures to strengthen citizens’ access to health data, facilitating the portability of these data through the development of national electronic health records, and tackling barriers to the cross-border provision of digital health services and products.

Public consultation on EU cancer plan

The European Commission are seeking your views on the EU’s Beating Cancer Plan. The Plan aims to reduce the cancer burden for patients, their families, and health systems and will address cancer-related inequalities between and within Member States with actions to support, coordinate and complement Member States’ efforts. Responses by 7 May.


Registrations are now open for this year’s NHS Confederation annual conference. Exploring everything from environment and sustainability, to collaboration and partnerships, and quality and clinical improvement, this is a unique opportunity for healthcare leaders in the NHS to engage with their counterparts from across the world, to learn from international approaches to shared challenges, and to learn more about NHS opportunities for international engagement.

AI in healthcare – what’s next for the UK and the EU

Layla McCay, director of international relations at the NHS Confederation, examines the role of artificial intelligence in health and care and why the UK and the EU should work as one to further its uptake.

International professional development opportunity for healthcare managers

If you're an NHS manager under 40, with a strong track record in healthcare management and would welcome the opportunity to share your health system experience with international peers, then the International Hospital Federation’s Young Executive Leaders Programme could be for you. Applications are open until 15 March.


European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE)

If you’re a hospital or healthcare manager interested in the treatment of chronic disease patients, or robotics and telemedicine, consider attending HOPE’s upcoming study visits to hospitals and healthcare institutions in Spain and Poland, to be organised in March and April respectively.

International Conference on Integrated Care 2020

Registration is now open for this year’s International Conference on Integrated Care, which will take place in Croatia from 27-29 April. Themes for the conference include integrated community care approaches for better management of mental health and addiction issues and the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and digital tools in people-centred integrated care.

International forum on quality and safety in healthcare

The International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare will be held in Copenhagen from 28-30 April. The theme for this year’s conference is “Breaking down barriers”. To get a flavour of the event, you can review the highlights from last year’s conference, including blogs and podcasts from the conference speakers.

THET 2020 Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the 2020 annual THET conference, which takes place on 1 and 2 October. The theme of this year’s conference will be Health for all: A decade to deliver and it will bring together voices from across the health, development, academia and governmental communities to explore topics from gender and social inclusion to migration and mobility.

Venice Summer School

The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies will host a summer school in Venice between the 26th-31st June 2020 discussing how to design hospital strategies and policies so that patients get appropriate, humane and high-quality care. Register by 31 May.


The International Foundation on Integrated Care (IFIC) will host a series of webinars between now and July aimed at stakeholders with an interest in developing & implementing integrated care within their healthcare systems.  And you can still catch the previous series on working examples of health and care integration in case you missed it.
The second series of the WHO European Office Culture and Healthcare webinars begins in March.  The series shines a light on the cultural contexts of modern health challenges and topics include social participation in policy development, vaccination hesitancy, tobacco control and mental health.
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) will host a webinar on how healthcare leaders can best avoid data breaches. The session will cover healthcare security challenges, the impact on healthcare organisations, and a roadmap to reducing the risk of a data breaches. Registrations now open.
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