Individual participants

The HOPE Exchange Programme is a multi-professional programme open to clinical and non-clinical healthcare managers with a minimum of three years’ experience in a NHS management role. You will be working in hospitals or healthcare facilities, and have proficiency in the language that is accepted by the host country.

If you are considering it for yourself or recommending it to a colleague, participants must be available for the full 4 week period – for the exchange itself, the international conference during the final weekend of the period and all programmes arranged by your local host organisation.

While you may not have to speak the native language, you must have proficiency in a language that is accepted by your host country; many countries accept English. A proficiency guide is available with your application pack.

Host organisations

UK Hosting organisations are usually NHS Trust/Foundation Trusts and we welcome applications from all organisation types. You should be interested in sharing your expertise with international colleagues and engaging with them to share best practice from their home countries. Ideally, the organisation will be able to host two participants from the EU and will have a dedicated local coordinator available to support them throughout their exchange.

Read the below experience of a UK Hosting organisation and how they have benefitted from taking part in the HOPE Exchange Programme over several years:

“It’s a great opportunity to network and share ideas and good practice across Europe. The programme helps us look at our services from a different perspective and think about what could be done differently to drive improvements in patient care.

So far, our Trust has sent two participants to Finland and Spain to help them broaden their horizons and see how other healthcare services function. We have also enjoyed hosting participants in both clinical and non-clinical roles from Malta, Spain, Serbia, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Portugal. Meeting the variety of professionals benefits our staff who can ask questions and find out how what we do here compares to the healthcare services abroad.

What’s really important is the ever-expanding network of professionals to ensure an ongoing exchange of ideas to help individuals meet their objectives and improve healthcare services across Europe.”

Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust