The EHMA 2022 Annual Conference took place on 15-17 June 2022 in Brussels, Belgium. The conference title ‘From people to systems: leadership for a sustainable future‘ explored challenges and solutions for creating sustainable health systems and ways health managers can lead towards them. The conference was hosted in collaboration with the Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy.

Over the course of three days, the conference hosted 3 plenary sessions, 19 abstract sessions, 12 partner sessions, and featured 25 posters, offering a unique opportunity to share experiences, skills and competencies in the field of health management.

During the closing ceremony on Friday, 17 June, winners were announced for the 20th edition of the Karolinska Medical Management Centre and EHMA Research Award, and EHMA Awards for the Best European Paper, Best Non-European Paper, and Best Poster.

Ms Astrid Van Wilder (Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium) was presented with the Karolinska Medical Management Centre and EHMA Research Award for her PhD research on Unwarranted between-hospital variation in the vital few patient outcomes mortality, readmission and prolonged length of stay as a trigger for setting quality priorities. The urology case study. 

Ms Van Wilder was among five shortlisted researchers who presented their doctoral theses in front of a wide academic audience, including representatives of leading European universities and research centres, Members of the EHMA Board of Directors and the Scientific Advisory Committee. 

Prof Tania Gaspar (Lusiada University/CLISSIS, Portugal) received the EHMA Award for the Best European Paper for her abstract on Health Management: evaluating the relationship between organisational factors, psychosocial risks at work, performance management and hospitals outcomes.

Prof Mohamad Alameddine (University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE) was presented with the EHMA Award for the Best Non-European Paper for his abstract on The effect of satisfaction with work-life balance on mental health and well-being of primary healthcare professionals in Oman

Mr Nguyen Anh Thoai Le (PhD Student, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom) received the EHMA Award for the Best Poster for the research on Human resource management in home care: Managing people for safe care at the front-line of the pandemic.

The EHMA Award for the Best Poster runners-up are:

  • Ms Anca Simona Ciotlaus (Master Student, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania) with the research on Improving access to the school medicine network in Romania: drawbacks and promises;
  • Dr William Sacre (Doctor, University Hospitals Sussex, United Kingdom) with the research on Shaping and Sustaining the NHS Clinical Workforce of Tomorrow: Facilitating Recruitment and Optimising Retention of International Medical Graduates (IMGs) through Support Strategy Development;
  • Mr Miguel Cabral de Pinho, MD (Public Health Unit Maia and Valongo & Portuguese Association, Portugal) with the research on Digital Transformation in Health: what words do we use?;
  • Jan Apel (HSBA – Hamburg School of Business Administration, Germany) with the research on Evaluating Sustainability in Operating Hospitals – A Comparative Case Study in Germany.

You can read all the awarded papers in the EHMA 2022 Abstract Book.