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HOPE European exchange programme


The HOPE European Exchange programme is a unique and exciting opportunity to understand the challenges of a healthcare system outside the UK. The benefits are personal, as well as professional, as it leads to seeing your own role and the NHS in a whole new light.

Firstly, HOPE stands for Hospitals of EurOPE. The exchange programme offers those with healthcare managerial responsibilities a unique opportunity to exchange time in your healthcare system with another EU member state for four weeks, followed by an international meeting for all participants.

The 2022 programme will run from 9 May – 5 June 2022. Applications for participants and for hosting organisations for the 2022 programme will be open until 31 October 2021. If you successfully applied for a place on the postponed 2020 programme, you will be contacted shortly to discuss rolling your application forward and there is no need for you to re-submit.

This year, we are pleased to have increased the number of UK applicants and encouraged more organisations – across the NHS spectrum – to host participants from EU countries to open up the experience for more people.

In his blog, Des Carter, Transformation programme manager at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, shares reflections on his experience of the programme. 

Read the full blog here.

Quote / Testimonial:

"The programme offered numerous opportunities to challenge myself and pick up different insights and innovations into the delivery of healthcare in another country."

Erik Smith
HR business partner,
Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Read the full blog