B1: What have we learned?
Two Scandinavian approaches to covid-19

Tuesday 21 June 2022 | 13:15-14:30

Format: Presentation
Stream: Building Capability and Leadership
Content filters: Responses to the covid-19 pandemic

(Part A) Hope is not a strategy! What have we learned from covid-19?

Hope is not a strategy… wrote the Permanent Secretary to the Prime Minister in Denmark in the late hours of a day in January 2020. This approach set the tone for the Danish covid-19 strategy, and has had a major impact on the relatively successful outcome of the covid-19-crisis in a small, open country.

During the first year of the crisis more than 120 contributors – from researchers to front line staff – have contributed to a book collecting learning points focusing on quality and safety in healthcare. The book covers 7 themes and, in this session, the editors of the book will elaborate on the themes and engage the audience in discussion about the learnings.

Jan Mainz, Psychiatry, Region North Denmark & Aalborg University; Denmark

Inge Kristensen, The Danish Society for Patient Safety; Denmark

(Part B) Collaboration between and coordination of the Swedish regions during the covid-19 pandemic

The covid-19 pandemic has exposed the Swedish healthcare system to great strain. This session describes how the regions, supported by their member organisation the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) in a very short time developed a strong operational collaboration.

The collaboration covered several different fields: national coordination of the purchase and distribution of critical medicines; national coordination of the purchase of protective personal equipment and medical devices; national coordination of ICU resources, and the implementation of the vaccination program.

The purpose is to show regional collaboration in practice and give some concrete examples of how national coordination has been achieved within the framework of regional self-government.

Emma Spak, The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR); Sweden