Fit for the Future: Imagining the future of healthcare
On June 5th, 2019, four leaders discussed future of healthcare and the role of leadership in a dialogue organised by The New Utrecht School. The participants were the head of the Board of Directors of the University Medical Center Utrecht; the director of the Conservatory of the University of the Arts in Utrecht; the conductor and artistic leader of the Student Choir Amsterdam; and the vice-dean of the humanities faculty of Utrecht University. This was the fourth and final Public Dialogue organised by The New Utrecht School in 2019.
Fit for Future?
In this final meeting of the Fit for the Future series, dreams and concerns about the future of the healthcare system are charted. The main question during this Public Dialogue was: how can we make the healthcare system fit for the future? The audience was enthusiastically involved in the debate when Servaas Schreuder, conductor of the Amsterdam Student Choir, demonstrated in an interactive way how to sing in harmony. He thus showed what leadership means for a group collaboration projects.
Good leadership, bright future
The four speakers of this dialogue - originating from the humanities, medicine, and the arts - inspired the audience with their discussion on good leadership qualities in future professional, each working from their own experience. Leadership is not, and should not be limited to a select group of people. Rather, our society needs quality leadership on a daily basis in all types of situations, and each student therefore should learn how to be a good leader. The Professional Performance focus area is a good example for this education. In order to have a healthy society and a well functioning healthcare system in 2050, future healthcare professionals need to be good leaders to overcome the obstacles that will present themselves along the way: obstacles that have been discussed in earlier public dialogues of The New Utrecht School.
- Prof. Margriet Schneider is head of the Board of Directors of the University Medical Center Utrecht. She is a professor in Internal Medicine at Utrecht University. Additionally, prof. Schneider is involved with the focus area Professional Performance, which focuses on the changing role of professionals in the future.
- Prof. Ted Sanders is professor in Dutch Language Proficiency and vice-dean of the Humanities faculty. His research focuses on the structure, cohesion and comprehension of texts.
- Jos Schillings is the director of the Conservatory of the University of the Arts in Utrecht. He focuses on continuous education innovation at the Conservatory.
- Servaas Schreuders is conductor and artistic leader of the Student Choir Amsterdam. Additionally, he is a teacher at the Utrecht Conservatory, amongst other courses as part of the Musical Teacher programme.