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European Health Management Association Limited [EHMA _FY2012] [20113303] - Operating Grant
Mission and vision of the operating grant holder

EHMA`s aim is to improve the quality and build the capacity of health management across the European region. As EHMA`s statutes state, the Association seeks to "improve health management and health policies through the development and exchange of both ideas and practices among academics, researchers, managers, clinicians, policy makers and consumers throughout Europe."

EHMA structures its vision under multiannual, strategic areas which underpin each year`s workplan: Quality and Inclusion in health and healthcare; Innovation in health management; and Sustainable Health Systems; underpinned in all three areas by Leadership and Knowledge Transfer.

1. Quality and Inclusion: We aim to support high quality healthcare for all service users, led by outstanding managers, supported by appropriate policy frameworks and underpinned by the best available research.

2. Innovation: We want to see innovative health management and research that thinks radically about service provision and public health for the good of all citizens.

3. Sustainable health systems: We want to see health systems equipped to respond to current and future challenges in a way that safeguards health for all.

> Leadership: Leadership is key to EHMA`s work. In the health domain leadership is not only essential in driving change but to maintaining high standards in service delivery. Leadership also increases health management capacity through setting direction and strategy.

> Knowledge Transfer: developing innovative approaches to knowledge transfer is a critical issue in European healthcare, both between different countries or regions, and between practice, policy and research communities. Through knowledge transfer EHMA aims to support the dialogue between researchers and policy makers, and policy makers and health managers. The ultimate goal is to support development of both practice and policy agendas through dialogue.

Strategic objectives and specific activities

EHMA aims to build the capacity and raise the quality of health management throughout the European Region. EHMA has 160 institutional members in more than 30 countries, from ministries of health, to hospitals, to research institutions, to health insurers. EHMA takes the broadest possible definition of health management, to include the management of public health, prevention/ health promotion and health insurance as well as operational healthcare management, such as primary care, hospitals and mental health service provision

EHMA has the following core objectives set out in its statutes:
> The provision, development and improvement of education and training in health management.
> The development and improvement of health management practice.
> The encouragement and support of research and development among the members of the Association and the exchange of their findings.
> The transfer of research findings into practice through publications and through collaborative activities amongst the membership, and particularly between researchers and managers.
> Collaboration, on behalf of the members, with the European Union and its affiliates and agencies, the World Health Organisation and its agencies, and other international and national organisations which have an influence on health policy.

Main Activities
EHMA`s activities are structured under three headings (Quality & Inclusion, Innovation, and Sustainable Health Systems), with Leadership and Knowledge Transfer as cross cutting themes:

1. Quality and Inclusion:
Activities in this area in recent years include: the European Mental Health Systems Network; involvement in a major project to look at reducing health inequalities through tackling the social determinants of health; comparing initiatives led by municipalities on improving health inequalities; a research project in 2009-11 on the uses of Diagnosis-Related Groups; and follow-up policy seminars to the EU funded HealthQuest report on access to quality healthcare and its links to health inequalities.

2. Innovation:
Activities in this area in recent years include: work to encourage innovative health management through a Special Interest Group on management development; an annual award for an innovative health management research paper by a young researcher; and a wide range of work on managing eHealth implementation.

3. Sustainable Health Systems:
Activities in this area in recent years include: the Transitional Countries Network; management of the Prometheus FP7 project on professional mobility in the EU; a special interest group on the health workforce; work on health in non-health Budgets (incl. Structural Funds); managing cross border care; a special interest group looking at innovative primary care; activities of the TCN network; and a series of expert roundtables on ageing.

> Cross-Cutting theme: Leadership
Activities include: an annual Winterschool on health leadership; a programme review service for health management programmes.

> Cross-Cutting theme: Knowledge Transfer
Activities include: a series of briefings on EU-level developments in the field of health; publications of occasional papers; and expert roundtables with the specific goal of creating dialogue between managers and policy makers.

Expected outcomes

The 2012 work programme builds on EHMA`s existing position and track record in connecting EU health policy priorities with health management. EHMA`s network of managers, researchers and policy makers and commitment to the cross-cutting themes of leadership and knowledge transfer are key to successful delivery of all elements of the work programme.

1) European Mental Health Systems Network (links to Quality and Inclusion):
The aim of the Network, launched with the support of the EHMA FY2010 OG, is to contribute to a new agenda for the future of European mental health systems, through providing a European forum for senior policy makers, managers and researchers to share expertise. The means used is network meetings (2 in 2012) supported by briefings, virtual networking and targeted dissemination to key decision makers. Target groups are senior mental health managers, policy makers and researchers. Expected outcomes are greater knowledge at local and EU level on improving the quality of mental health systems and implementation of new service models.
= Increase network membership from 30 to 50. Participants for each meeting: at least 20, with balanced geographical coverage.

2) Change Management in Practice (Innovation)
Activities will focus on exchanging best practice on change management. eHealth will be an initial priority, looking at major implementation issues (health professional acceptance, citizen participation, equity of access etc) to share best practice from systems adopting eHealth successfully. The means used will be workshops, feeding in to EHMA`s Annual Conference and Winterschool on Health Leadership. The target group will be senior managers (Heads of Operations and IT) and policy makers at EU and regional/national level. Expected outcomes will be increased capacity to implement change.
= Membership of the SIG: 30 Participants for each meeting: at least 20.

3) Taskforce on Managing the Future Workforce (Sustainable Health Systems):
Understanding the needs of the future health workforce is key for sustaining health systems. The method is consultation of a panel of European experts and health managers. The aim is to create a consensus on key challenges (including issues such as capacity gaps, recruitment and retention, skill mix and flexible work options for older people). The feasibility of instruments and solutions will be discussed. The means used will be targeted expert meetings, supported by policy briefs and discussion papers. Expected outcomes are a stronger consensus at EU level on key future workforce management, and support for managers in identifying key workforce priorities and strategies.
= Participants for each meeting: 15 (particular focus on EU12 MS)

4) Health management capacity building (Sustainable Health Systems)
Building health management capacity is an urgent need in new and neighbouring MS. Launched in 2009, the aim of TCN is to pool evidence on building management capacity, and to work with managers and officials directly through its activities. The means used are workshops and training, supported by briefings and virtual networking. In 2012 TCN will focus on strategies to build high quality management education and increasing capacity to respond to health threats. Target groups are senior managers and officials within transitional countries. Expected outcomes are increased management capacity within the institutions and systems represented in the network; greater understanding at EU level of capacity gaps.
= Increase network membership from 50 to 80. Participants for each TCN workshop: 20

Ethical aspects: Work programme activities are carried out in compliance with ethical principles according to Decision N° 1982/2006/EC, and European Directive 95/46/EC on the protection of individuals with regard to personal data. The work programme considers data and information from a large number of sources. However, it uses secondary and aggregated data which do not pose dilemmas with regards to personal information or information traceable to an individual.

Start date: 01/01/2012
End date: 01/01/2013
Duration: 12 month(s)
Current status: Finalised
Programme title: Second Programme of Community action in the Field of Health 2008-2013
EC Contribution: € 184 755,00
Portfolio: Interest groups