Health systems and organisations’ effective governance is vital to ensure the quality and safety of patient care, service performance and compliance with laws, regulations, and ethical responsibilities. A key principle of governance is leadership that must be embedded within governance systems to ensure that systems and organisations are led to accomplish their objectives and meet their strategic goals. Social responsibility is equally important and speaks about how health management is accountable towards society.

This year we received 21 research abstracts submitted under the track ‘Governance, Leadership and Social Responsibility’. EHMA 2023 will feature four dedicated oral abstract sessions and a scientific dialogue where presenters will analyse leadership theories, styles, approaches, knowledge, competencies and skills required to meet the needs of health systems. Furthermore, these sessions will discuss patient involvement in health management, along with tools to ensure health systems’ sustainability and resilience.

On the first day of the conference, the abstract session on ‘Governance and strategies for the health workforce’ will discuss health professionals’ working conditions, well-being and resilience, and the governance impact on health workforce sustainability.

The second day of the conference will see the abstract session on ‘Patient-centred experiences’ that will discuss the patient and patient associations’ involvement in co-designing healthcare services in the light of the health systems’ digital transformation, with a particular focus on oncology. The abstract session on ‘Health workforce competencies’ will share best practices, challenges, and practical insights into the health workforce professional development. Future health professionals’ skills, knowledge, and tasks will be discussed.

Finally, on the last day the abstract session on ‘Between resilience and sustainability’ will discuss the healthcare sustainability, especially from an environmental perspective, of health systems and organisations as well as how to build systems’ resilience. Presenters will bring evidence, in the form of innovative practical tools such as frameworks and models, and review of the literature.  The scientific dialogue on ‘Developing sustainable and resilient health systems’ will present best practices in health systems and organisation reform with a focus on sustainability and resilience. Experts will showcase healthcare initiatives, strategies, and measures that have a direct impact on the economic, environmental, and organisational sustainability of care.

These sessions will deliver valuable insights into the crucial role of governance and leadership in healthcare systems, driving improvements, delivering valued outcomes for patients, and ensuring health systems’ resilience and sustainability.

Check out the #EHMA2023 programme here and discover the over 50 sessions we have this year. Don’t miss your chance to attend EHMA 2023 – book your spot before Friday, 26 May here.