Leadership and Health Management

Leadership and Management are important for the delivery of good quality health services in an appropriate, efficient, equitable, and sustainable manner. Health professionals should strive to be good leaders and good leaders, need management skills to be effective. Leaders will have a vision of what can be achieved and then communicate this to others and evolve strategies for realizing the vision. Managers need to have the knowledge, skills and understanding of the role, tasks and purpose of the services they deliver. (WHO)

Capable leaders and managers are vital to the healthcare systems, as they are required to manage a very complex systems, which are composed of different professional groups, departments, and specialties, with a complicated interactions between them. Globalization in healthcare requires that successful leadership and management actions and initiatives be more widely distributed.

The working group aims to facilitate the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to leadership and management in healthcare, incorporating human resource management, financial management and quality processes. The aim is to encourage professional understanding of the impact of leadership and effective management on patient outcomes. The working group will provide a platform for sharing successful practices and discussions of the challenges and opportunities that leaders and managers face when leading the complex modern healthcare services.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Diverse and changing needs in healthcare,
  • Organisational behaviours and structures of healthcare systems,
  • Communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills required for effective leadership and management,
  • Leadership styles required to manage change,
  • Increasing patient expectations,
  • The high cost of new interventions and treatments,
  • Internal and external pressures that healthcare is facing,
  • Skills and knowledge that needed to facilitate change to improve patient outcomes,
  • Evaluation of the quality of healthcare systems,
  • Financial, quality and human resource management built on the foundations of a sound knowledge of the healthcare system and organisational structure and culture.

Chair: Dr. Lidia Georgieva, Medical University Sofia

Dr. Lidia Georgieva is a medical doctor currently working as Assoc. Professor in the Department of Social Medicine, Medical University, Sofia. She obtained her MPhil and PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health, at University of Cambridge, UK and has more than 25 years practice as university lecturer and researcher, in the fields of public health, health management, health and social policy, health risk management, integrated health and social care and more than 170 scientific publications and over 500 citations in international and national books, textbooks and journals in these areas. Her practice as a researcher and university lecturer is combined with wide practical experience in coordinating international projects in the field of Health promotion and management, Health and Social Care, Public Health end others. She was a leader, board member or member of the working team of 15 international and 10 national projects and programs.

Lidia Georgieva has a significant practice in providing expertise to various national and international institutions. At national level, she provided consultancy services for the Parliamentary Commission for Health, Ministry of Health, the National Health Insurance Fund and Sofia Municipality. Her knowledge and expertise was recognized internationally and she was also an invited expert and consultant for the World Health Organization, European Observatory of Health Policy, and European Commission (DG SANCO, DG Research and Innovations, DG Employment, Social Affairs& Inclusion). Lidia Georgieva is a member of European Social Policy Network and provides the Commission with independent information, analysis and expertise on health and social policies.

Lidia Georgieva contributed for public health nationally and internationally in multiple contexts – in the public sector, as Director-General “International relations, projects and programs” in the Ministry of Health and  as a WHO and EC advisor to the Deputy Minister of Health and SCRC of WHO-EURO; in the academic field, as lecturer, researcher and Head of Department “Preventive medicine” in Medical University, Sofia, lecturer at University of National and World Economy,  New Bulgarian University, American University in Bulgaria; in the private sector as a Head of Health Risk Management in MARSH, Bulgaria and Senior Advisor on health and human resources at MERCER EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Asia); in the nongovernmental  sector as a Board member of European Association of Schools of Public Health, Chair of the Steering Committee of OSI-ASPHER, active participant in the Stability Pact PH-SEE Project Network and Public Health development in the SEE Region, Advisory Board Member of International Network for Health Workforce Education.