The culture of awareness of patient rights and responsibilities in Spain and the mechanisms for active engagement have grown in recent years. Today, we face a major challenge to train professionals with the skills to defend the rights of patients in the different public health sectors and healthcare institutions, both nationally and internationally. The UIC Barcelona Albert Jovell Institute of Public Health and Patients has extensive expertise that enables it to rise to this challenge.
This postgraduate programme provides an excellent opportunity for the group of participants this training is designed for to establish partnerships and use cooperative networking methods. A group of this kind, representing the different sectors that deal with the field of healthcare, constitutes an additional opportunity for improvement and makes an invaluable contribution to the learning process.
The training objectives centre on the acquisition of skills and competencies to engage patients at the different levels of healthcare, with due regard for their rights and responsibilities, and to promote people-centric care and innovation in healthcare policies to best fit people’s needs.
This training course benefits from the participation of renowned international figures and organizations in this field to present specific examples of good practices and successful strategies.
- To design, manage and evaluate initiatives to promote patient rights and responsibilities.
- To lead change processes and development strategies for the empowerment of individuals and communities in order to enhance autonomy in self care.
- To participate in decision making to defend the needs and priorities of patients affected by different diseases.
- To propose and critically analyse healthcare policies and strategies aimed at care for people affected by illness.
- To promote synergies between the various actors involved: patient organizations, healthcare institutions, government bodies, and scientific and academic societies, etc.
- To use scientific evidence to guide professional practice in these areas.
- To develop skills for negotiation, conflict resolution and the organization of collective, transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary activities.
The Postgraduate Programme in Patient Advocacy is aimed at professionals with university degrees who work in patient organizations, healthcare (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, social workers, etc.) and management (managers, directors, coordinators, etc.); professionals indirectly engaged in the field of healthcare such as lawyers, economists, journalists and educators; and many others.