Leading and managing health systems during COVID-19 times
Professor Sandra C. Buttigieg MD PhD (Aston) FFPH (UK) MSc MBA MMCFD, University of Malta
COVID-19 is impacting us on a global scale in an unprecedented manner. It not only changed the manner with which we go about our lives as regards life, work, social dynamics and leisure, but it also forced crucial changes in the way healthcare is delivered and received. What comes out loud and clear is that the more effective styles and behavior of health services’ leaders and managers make a difference as regards health systems’ performance, effectiveness, patient outcomes and healthcare professionals’ well-being. This keynote will explore the extent to which leadership and managerial practices have helped to traverse this intensely taxing period. In particular, it will focus on international exemplars to reveal, what it takes and can take, to lead and manage a health system with the goal of overcoming the enormous challenges presented by COVID-19.