Management for the hospital professional

Gain greater insight in your hospital’s policy – and have more impact


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Hospitals face a number of challenges – from collaborating with other healthcare providers through to rapid digitalisation, patients spending less time in hospital and a greater focus on preventative healthcare. And all these challenges come with financial, strategic, organisational and human consequences. 

On this 10-day programme for doctors and hospital employees, you live and learn various aspects of hospital management – so you can leap confidently into contributing to your hospital’s policy. 

Detailed programme

This programme consists of two five-day modules and two webinars – which include exercises, discussions, simulations and coaching – and a place on the Vlerick Healthcare Conference. 

The first module focuses on the macro perspective of the hospital, including sector trends, the financial picture and strategic focus. The second module explores how you create value for patients in your own department – and how you can improve. 

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Module in Spring: The hospital sector from a macro perspective 

  • Take part in a webinar on getting to grips with different healthcare systems  
  • Discover trends and innovations that will impact hospital services in the future 
  • Understand hospital financing and different sources of funding 
  • Explore financial management and a simulation to explain important financial concepts 
  • Dive into how financial management can help you make strategic decisions 
  • Learn about strategic healthcare plans and policy plans  

Module in Fall: Evaluating and improving value creation 

  • Take part in a webinar on healthcare quality 
  • Discover value-based healthcare and the cost of healthcare 
  • Identify ways to improve hospital processes and offer better healthcare 
  • Explore change within the hospital context 
  • Dive into impactful communication with our coaches 
  • Learn to handle conflict with an effective conflict management strategy 

The Vlerick Healthcare Conference

The Vlerick Healthcare Conference is a gathering of professionals from the wider healthcare sector – including doctors, hospital teams and pharmaceutical and medical technology organisations. It is built around a single theme, which is explored from a variety of perspectives through sessions, keynote speeches and a debate.


Why this programme

  • Learn to interpret healthcare policy and trends in Belgium and assess their impact 
  • Form an overall picture of your hospital’s financial, operational and strategic policies 
  • Learn to apply value-based healthcare 
  • Get the tools to mobilise and motivate teams quickly 
  • Become more confident at making decisions that benefit your department or hospital – and explaining your ideas to colleagues 
  • Build a valuable and inspiring network of contacts in various hospitals 

Who should attend

  • Doctors 
  • Specialists 
  • Heads of department 
  • Policy-making professionals 
  • Hospital or biological pharmacists 
  • External providers for hospitals 

In previous editions, we had the pleasure of welcoming participants from companies like:

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Success stories

Testimonial blog An Bael - ZNA - Management for hospital professionals

One particular thing I learned is that to tackle the sticking points in paediatrics, you have to find like-minded people. The great advantage of the Vlerick programme is the network. Partly thanks to the course, I am now a member of many paediatric associations in Flanders and Belgium. It’s quite time-consuming, but probably the only way to really achieve something. I now feel like I really know what I’m talking about in several areas. 


Brecht Cardoen

Brecht Cardoen

Professor of Operations Management

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Walter Van Dyck

Walter Van Dyck

Professor of Innovation Management

Walter Van Dyck supports global science and technology companies with strategic innovation management.

Wouter De Maeseneire

Wouter De Maeseneire

Professor of Corporate Finance

Wouter De Maeseneire is passionate about explaining financial management principles by linking finance to business models and strategies.

Kurt Verweire

Kurt Verweire

Professor of Strategy

Kurt Verweire is a specialist in helping companies to develop and implement winning business strategies. 

Katleen De Stobbeleir

Katleen De Stobbeleir

Professor of Leadership

Katleen De Stobbeleir is inspired by leaders who stand up and speak – and she is passionate about those who have the courage to sit and listen.

Barney Jordaan

Barney Jordaan

Professor of Negotiation

Barney Jordaan is an expert in negotiation and conflict leadership – and helps organisations build effective negotiation strategies.

Katrien Kesteloot

Katrien Kesteloot

Visiting Professor of Healthcare

Katrien Kesteloot is an expert in financial management in healthcare, health economics and health financing systems.