Sciana is designed to bring together outstanding leaders in health and health care policy and innovation. The network provides members space to take inspiration and learning from across the globe, and time to share insights gained as well as their own experiences with peers, with whom they will work to address some of the shared challenges we are facing across Europe.

The network is for outstanding leaders from across Europe who share a deep commitment to quality, sustainability, universal coverage, and patient and community-centered care, nationally and internationally. Their vision and collaboration, aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, is critically needed to respond to common issues, such as fiscal strains, demographic change, chronic diseases, and migration.

The first cohort will meet 26-29 April 2017 in Salzburg, Austria. We are running the network as a pilot for five cohorts, with refinement as we go along. An evaluation after cohort one will inform the next phase. Members are expected to help shape the programme and build the network for the future.

What are the selection criteria?

For our first cohort we are contacting individuals personally. Future cohorts will be recruited through a more formal process.

  • Network members have an outstanding record of achievement now and anticipated over at least the next 5-15 years, regularly exceeding expectations and influencing peers and diverse organisations.
  • Members are entrepreneurial and strategic thinkers, who understand the scale and complexity of key challenges facing health and health care systems and how to manage the tensions between long-term policy goals and short-term political pressures.
  • Members have demonstrated interest in collaboration and innovation across sectoral boundaries, both nationally and internationally.
  • Energetic and curious, members are not be afraid to ask uncomfortable questions and are able to motivate others to implement unconventional measures.
  • Members have excellent English (further languages are an advantage) and superb communication skills.
  • They include health policymakers and practitioners, as well as academics, journalists, elected officials and other public sector leaders or from business.

How is the network structured?

Members attend four four-day gatherings in Salzburg, over two years. Salzburg Global Seminar is responsible for the programme delivery and supports members throughout their time on the programme via a dedicated internet platform. Workshops are led by international experts, and members can showcase and develop policy proposals, innovations and game-changing projects. Members are expected to connect and meet one another to work on agreed projects, in between these formal gatherings. The network comprises up to eighteen members in each cohort – around six from each country, selected by each foundation.

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Who is supporting the network?

The Health Foundation (UK), Careum Stiftung (Switzerland) and the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany) have come together to design and fund the network. The three foundations are working in collaboration with Salzburg Global Seminar who manage and deliver the programme on their behalf.  

What is the role of network members?

This is a prestigious opportunity and the foundations expect members to play a full and active part in collaborating with colleagues from across the three countries, and further afield. They should have a track record of making change and being innovative. Members are individuals who are committed to seeing excellent health and care across Europe and beyond. We want people that can spark debate, say the unsayable and think the unthinkable. We want senior leaders who are delivering today, and will continue to deliver real change in the future, whilst exciting passion and commitment from those working across the health and care field.

What time commitment is required?

Network members are required to attend four four-day gatherings in Salzburg over two years. Members are also required to work in smaller project teams in between formal meetings to collaborate on joint projects and are expected to deliver work and project findings at national and international conferences and events.  

How will a network member benefit from this opportunity?

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of and help build something new, that has a real and lasting positive impact on health and care across Europe, with scope to expand world-wide in the future. By joining us now you would be able to help us shape and build this exciting new network and see your ideas and vision for the future discussed, debated and acted upon by senior leaders with the potential to make real and lasting change. We are building a legacy for the future. You will have access to the brightest of minds and an opportunity to interact with Senior Ambassadors as well as other network members who will challenge your thinking and bring different perspectives to bear.

How is the network funded?

Costs for all meetings for members are covered by the foundations, including reasonable travel. Over the two-year period, members are expected to collaborate with one another on joint policy proposals, service delivery innovation, publications and/or self-determined projects. Bursaries are available for site visits, and every member will be expected to devise and undertake at least one visit as an individual or collaborating in a team.

The Sciana 2018/2019 program will be open for applications in the early summer 2017.