Healthcare Transformation Academy – empowering staff with capabilities needed in a changing world

European hospitals have joined forces to create a Healthcare Transformation Academy and equipe staff with capabilites to drive transformation from within. The pan-European academy will educate healthcare professionals in transformative skills such as innovation management, leadership development, high value care, digital transformation and personalized medicine – tailored to meet the needs of its learners.

Transformation needs to come from within the healthcare sector itself and the academy will equip healthcare professionals with the skills required.

The Healthcare Transformation Academy aims to improve the transformation skills of healthcare staff

  • Empower the workforce with transformation capabilities to address the challenges and opportunities posed by a changing world.
  • Equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge needed to drive transformation from within.  
  • Educate healthcare professionals in skills such as innovation management, leadership development and high value care – all in the context of their everyday work

Innovative thinking to navigate complexity

Hospitals offer services under volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous conditions. To be able to navigate this context whilst at the same time delivering care to patients with ever-increasing needs, it is abundantly clear that healthcare needs to transform. This transformation needs to come from within the healthcare sector itself and therefore there is a need to equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge of transformation.

Healthcare professionals as well as citizens, realize that for many reasons, the healthcare system needs to change. To deliver this healthcare systems transformation, new forms of leadership and competencies not traditionally included in professional training are required*. The World Health Organisation (Europe) has identified competency clusters: effective communication, team work, people-centred care, and continuous learning** . It will require innovation across professional and disciplinary boundaries – innovation will be key to long-term, sustainable and inclusive delivery of healthcare.

It will require innovation across professional and disciplinary boundaries – innovation will be key to long-term, sustainable and inclusive delivery of healthcare.

This will require professionals to develop new thinking, breakdown traditional silos, and develop creative, open and empowering processes to harness social movements and citizen participation.*** Currently, people (in)directly involved in the healthcare system are not necessarily equipped with the knowledge, skills and tools to work on these concepts.

Educates staff on how to transform healthcare from within

The Healthcare Transformation Academy will be developed as an environment, which educates healthcare workers at all levels throughout Europe on how to transform healthcare from within.

Initially, the program consists of different courses comprising of different modules related to the 5 concepts: High Value Care, Innovation Management, Leadership, Digital Transformation and Personalized medicine. Each module consists of different components and can be built to suit different roles and levels of the individual or group. The duration of each course depends on the selected components from the modules and ranges from orientation to a multi-semester course with certification. HTA thus supports the shift towards conducting innovation and continuous improvement from a broader, more complex systems perspective. It provides prerequisites to enable this shift to be more efficient and strategic, since culture as well as knowledge and competence is addressed in conjunction, creating health care professionals and managers with the capabilities to innovate systematically together with patients/citizens.

Ultimately aiming at achieving the best outcomes from the patient perspective at the most optimal care process and lowest costs, reimbursed with sustainable contracts. This includes a continuous improvement cycle, measuring outcomes, using tools to analyse and improve processes, knowing the way how to work in successful teams and the communication skills for shared decision making.

 

*OECD, Health Workforce Policies in OECD Countries 2016; King’s Fund, Closing the Gap 2018; Health Foundation Quality improvement training for healthcare professionals, 2012
**Langins and Borgermans, Strengthening a competent health workforce for the provision of coordinated/integrated health services 2015
***Mazzacato, Governing Missions in the European Union, 2019

 

Healthcare Transformation Academy

Healthcare Transformation Academy, HTA, a unique pan-European academy, backed by a strong consortium of university hospitals and partners. The academy will educate healthcare professionals in transformative skills such as innovation management, leadership development and high value care, tailored to meet the needs of its learners.

Partners: Karolinska University Hospital, Karolinska Institute, Vall d’Hebron Hospital, King´s Health Partners, Erasmus Medical Center, UZ Leuven, City of Rotterdam, Region Stockholm, TU Delft, Medtronic, Philips, Tartu University Hospital, German Trias I Pujol, Institut Català de la Salut

To register for the courses provided, pleasa see EIT Health's web site

For contact and more information: Åse Lundh Gravenius