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 15-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 three five-day modules and three 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 investigates how you create value for patients in your own department – and how you can improve. 
  • The third module explores strategies for ensuring the long-term viability of your hospital by addressing contemporary challenges in the healthcare landscape.  

If you don't want to take the full programme, you can opt for one or two specific modules. 


The complete programme spans 15 days, and participants have the flexibility to enrol in individual modules. The cost for one module is 5,995 euros, and for two modules, it is 9,995 euros.

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Module '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 '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 

Module 'Future-proofing your hospital'

  • Take part in a webinar on what the expectations of patients will be in the future
  • Explore how to develop and deploy a sustainability strategy for your hospital
  • Learn how transmural care can impact the whole healthcare ecosystem
  • Discover what digital transformation means for hospitals – and how to lead your team through it – in a two-day session
  • Learn to empower patients to drive better healthcare outcomes

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

Elisabeth De Waele

In addition to gaining new insights, I wanted to be inspired. I wanted to acquire new skills and tips & tricks from the pros. I now understand better where my talents lie and which subjects, such as innovation and people management, fascinate me. I am also better able to recognise and analyze situations or challenges and approach them in a more structured way. 

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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. 


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