Participants are usually placed in pairs with a local host and, where possible, will be placed with a healthcare professional from another country providing a further national perspective to their programme. You’ll understand the structure of a healthcare system that’s a world apart from the NHS and, by agreeing specific areas of interest with your line manager, your organisation benefits too.
Each receiving country structures the exchange in a way that best works for them, so you might be placed with one organisation for the duration of the exchange, or you might move around between a few. Regardless, you’ll be sure to gain fantastic experience and learn a lot!
Hosting organisations will usually receive two or three participants from different professional backgrounds and countries, so that as well as discussing your own services, you can also benefit by hearing first-hand about different systems and thinking from the EU participants.
You will work with the National Coordinator as well as the participants themselves to develop a local programme that will allow them to immerse themselves in your organisation while exploring the year’s theme, and their own specific interests.
The exchange is between countries, not between organisations, so it isn’t necessary to both host and send participants however to maximise the impact of the exchange we would encourage you to consider it.