Finland explores Danish strategies within acute care and mental health

September 07, 2018
Finland Karelia Delegation Photo by Healthcare DENMARK
On September 3-5, 2018, a delegation of politicians and directors from North Karelia in Finland visited Copenhagen and Odense, Denmark, to explore Danish strategies and experiences with acute care and mental health.

On Monday, September 3, the delegation started their visit at the venue of the Finnish Embassy in Copenhagen, where they were introduced to the political, economic, and social situation in Denmark and the background of the Danish public sector reform in 2007. Next, the delegation heard about the transformation and challenges within the Danish health and elder care sector with a focus on the National Action Plan on Dementia 2025. 

On the last visit of the day, the delegates went to the venue of the Emergency Medical Services in Ballerup for an introduction to the region’s emergency standby. Here, the delegates also learned about the 24-hour medical helpline called “1813”, where the delegates were particularly impressed with the great reduction in waiting time. 

On Tuesday, September 4, the delegates went to Odense, where they were introduced to Odense University Hospital with a focus on the emergency department. The delegates had a great interest in learning about the principle of offering the patients an integrated approach, where different specialties work closely together supported by the newest technology. Later, before going back to Copenhagen, the delegation visited the nursing home “Ærtebjerghaven”, which works with various assisted living technologies. The delegates found the nursing home’s use of healing architecture in the rehabilitation process quite impressing.

On Wednesday, September 5, on the last day of the visit, the delegation visited Headspace Gentofte, which is a youth counselling initiative that helps young people and prevents that mental problems grow too big in silence. Here, the delegates heard about Danish initiatives within mental health and the current mental health challenges e.g. young people finding themselves in a grey area between being mentally ill and well. Headspace is not part of the local authority, government or the established healthcare system, but is a close collaboration, which ensures to provide the best help possible.

Later, on their last stop before going back to Finland, the delegation visited Danish company Monsenso, who has developed an mHealth solution that can improve prevention, early intervention, and treatment of mental or behavioural disorders.

The visit to Denmark was organized and hosted by Healthcare DENMARK. For more information about this visit, please contact Senior Consultant Trine Hynkemejer.

If you are interested in visiting Denmark and seeing these or other Danish healthcare solutions and initiatives yourself, please do not hesitate to request a visit. Healthcare DENMARK will tailor a program to your specific preferences and assist with planning local transportation and accommodation.

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