Experience Days

Our popular Experience Days take place at local healthcare sites as part of our Wednesday programme. They give a detailed and inside view of the best quality and safety initiatives in the Dutch healthcare system.



Why attend

Our range of clinical Experience Day tours and demonstrations of local healthcare facilitates will help you learn about take-home practical strategies to use for enriching and entrenching patient engagement in your own settings.

These full-day, off-site sessions offer you the opportunity to:

  • Gain a detailed insight of the best quality and safety initiatives in Dutch healthcare
  • Explore new technologies to improve patient experience
  • Participate in discussions focused on the key issues in quality improvement
  • Witness first-hand the ways in which quality improvement work is organised in leading Dutch hospitals

View the full programme.

Experience Day 1: Bernhoven Hospital, Uden

Bernhoven is an innovator in the healthcare sector, nationally but also internationally recognised in healthcare management. Bernhoven is a thought leader, transforming the healthcare sector in the Netherlands and beyond. During the experience day you will learn the conditions which are necessary to create a disruptive change in hospital care and how a new patient focused operating model be helpful to provide better and affordable care.

During the experience day you will learn:

  • What conditions are necessary to create a disruptive change in hospital care
  • How can a new patient focused operating model be helpful to provide better and affordable care
  • How patient centered care and shared decision making is helpful in reducing the cost of hospital care

Experience Day 2: Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen

Your visit to Radboud will start with a welcome from our Executive Board who will give an overview of the strategy and policy of the organisation. Following this you will have the opportunity to visit a number of departments and hear examples of how they shape patient participation and the exciting initiatives this has supported. Some of the themes that will be covered are: food and personalised healthcare, shaping patient participation in policy, projects and developments, care vinnovation, shared decision making, and transmural care.

Experience Day 3: Albert Schweitzer Hospital, Dordrecht

Your visit to the ASH will take you into the heart of the organisation, where you will learn handson how our multidisciplinary teams deliver person centered care across a complex system. You will be able to experience at least two site-visits, where you will meet frontline staff, leaders and experts in quality improvement hear about some of the projects in action.

During the experience day you will:

  • Hear a general introduction describing the challenges and ambitions of the ASH as a large Dutch teaching hospital with respect to person centered value-based care, research & innovation participate in two of six themes site-visits
  • Participate in site-visits from two of the seven themes
  • Gain in-depth knowledge about your chosen themes, engage in dialogue with and learn from multidisciplinary frontline teams and patients

Experience Day 4: Vilans, Centre of Excellence in Long Term and Social Care, Utrecht

Vilans is offering participants an exceptional Experience Day on long term care for older people in the Netherlands. You will gain insight into large scale system improvements that make a difference for patients, clients and staff in both healthcare and social services, and hear about national programmes and examples that provide insight into working collectively to improve quality of life of older people.

During the experience day you will learn:

  • How work in the Netherlands seeks to define the range of options and identify successful policy practices in Long Term Care for older people
  • How the organization of large scale national programmes and interventions for quality improvement can be delivered
  • How to address challenges and meet needs of the residents, clients and health care professionals engaged in care for older people

Experience Day 5: Erasmus University Medical Centre, Rotterdam

Your visit to Erasmus MC will bring you an experience of a brand new and ambitious University Hospital. Attention to quality is essential in our organisation and we strive to get quality in our organisation’s DNA. During the site visit to Erasmus MC, we will show you how we work on these topics. In addition to the plenary program, there are several workshops you can choose from.

You will gain insight into the ways in which quality work is organised in a leading Dutch hospital and witness inspiring examples of initiatives that can be applied directly in your own quality improvement projects.

Experience Day 6: VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam

The TeAMS-program aims to improve nontechnical skills necessary for working in multidisciplinary-interprofessional teams. In this Experience Day we will take you through our three different types of training in the actual training setting, explain our learning goals and set up, and most importantly we let you participate in the trainings. And of course there is room to meet our trainers and developers of this programme.

Three training-types have been created for:

  • Acute situations: simulations training (SIM-T)
  • Complex situations: complex situation training (CST)
  • Regular situations: multidisciplinary-interprofessional meeting training (MDM-T)

Experience Day 7: Groene Hart Ziekenhuis (Green Heart Hospital): Patient centered and integrated care in Gouda

Your visit to Gouda will take you to the Green Heart Hospital where you will learn about the hospital wide quality improvement programme ‘Patient as Partner’, based on clinical microsystem thinking. You will visit the hotel-like centre of integrated birth care where midwives and gynaecologists work together, and look at an example of case management through all stages of dementia. You will get the chance to have an experience taste meal like the patients and their visitors, and in the afternoon you are invited to visit a care farm near the hospital.

During the experience day you will learn:

  • How the staff of Green Heart Hospital are lining up for quality improvement through both thinking and doing.
  • How we’re developing patient centered care, including food, by partnering with patients and integrating care.
  • How care farms can be considered as community-based services that improve the quality of life of clients with special needs.