EUHA Members’ Assembly Autumn 2022

DATE November 7th, 2022

The representatives of all EUHA members, nine of Europe’s leading university hospitals, will be hosted by the University Hospital Vienna (AKH Wien) for the upcoming EUHA Members’ Assembly, taking place on the 28th of November in Vienna. The meeting will explore opportunities to work together on workforce challenges, finalise the mission statement of the Nursing Network, and agree on the strategic work plan of the Innovation Network.

At the twice-yearly Members’ Assembly, representatives from each EUHA member, including the CEOs and Steering Committee members, decide on EUHA’s agenda and long-term plan. Together, the CEOs provide direction on priorities for collective focus for the EUHA networks and working groups to progress together with the support of the Steering Committee. 

This Autumn’s assembly will take place on Monday 28th of November in Vienna and will be chaired by Dipl Ing Herwig Wetzlinger, CEO of AKH Wien and current EUHA president.

Innovation Network Work Plan

The Innovation Network will present its recently developed work plan, building on the Innovation Network meeting that took place in Barcelona in September. The network is focusing on two priorities through newly formed working groups: Funding & Valorisation and Culture & Implementation. 

With the CEO’s input and approval, EUHA’s Innovation network will work together to share and develop innovative solutions to the most significant challenges affecting University Hospitals in the European Healthcare system.

Nursing Network Mission Statement

Colleagues from the Nursing network will present their Mission Statement to the Members’ Assembly. Their mission highlights the central role nursing plays in university hospitals and promotes nursing as an independent profession and academic discipline, driving innovation at a European level.  

A sustainable Health Workforce

EUHA members will discuss the current and future shortage of healthcare professionals throughout Europe, which is estimated to increase rapidly in the following years. Over the past few months, the EUHA Steering Committee has been developing a shared understanding of the position among EUHA members and looking at potential actions. Considering a baseline survey that collected the experiences of over thirty EUHA colleagues with backgrounds in clinical practice, nursing, HR and innovation, the Members’ Assembly will agree on the next steps that we can take together as university hospitals to support the sustainability of the healthcare workforce at a European level. We will continue to focus on building a sustainable healthcare workforce as a strategic priority for EUHA.

Presidency handover

Finally, the EUHA presidency will be handed over from AKH Wien to King’s Health Partners, who will hold the position until the Spring Members’ Assembly in 2023 on the 16th of June .