International Practice Development Journal


Title of Article‘Practice development is a way of being.’ Looking back on the 2018 Enhancing Practice Conference in Basel, Switzerland
Type of ArticleCritical Commentary
Author/sDiana Staudacher, Kathrin Hirter, Heidi Petry and Irena Anna Frei
ReferenceVolume 8, Issue 2, Article 12
Date of PublicationNovember 2018
KeywordsEnhancing Practice 2018

‘Healthy workplace cultures – better care for patients’ – this was a key message of the 2018 Enhancing Practice Conference, highlighting the complex interrelation between leadership, culture and human flourishing. Creating healthy workplace cultures has proven to be an essential condition for practice development and person-centred healthcare. Leaders striving to achieve high-quality care should ensure the wellbeing of healthcare professionals. In a person-centred culture, patients and professionals should feel cared for and supported.

It was a very special moment for the hosts to welcome the international practice development community to Basel on 22nd August. For the first time, the Enhancing Practice Conference, under the patronage of the International Practice Development Collaborative, was held in Switzerland, organised by the Practice Development Network of the University Hospitals of Basel, Bern and Zurich. More than 80 workshops, 26 show-and-tell presentations and six keynotes offered a broad access to the conference topic ‘leading and facilitating within practice development in healthcare’.

This article by Diana Staudacher, Kathrin Hirter, Heidi Petry and Irena Anna Frei is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 3.0 License.

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