Our 4 Strategic Priorities
1. MembersEUROSPINE is now the largest spine society in Europe. Thanks to the introduction of new membership categories, ‘Young Members’, ‘Institutional Members’ and ‘Associate Members’, our membership base has grown from 452 (2010) to over 1,000. What’s more, in the past two years, 25 national societies have joined EUROSPINE through EuSSAB and the institutional membership category, further increasing our membership by more than 6,850 associate members.
EUROSPINE is striving to continuously improve its offerings for members with meetings and networking opportunities, advanced education programmes, and the latest advances in research and clinical findings.
2. StakeholdersEUROSPINE has a diverse group of stakeholders with a common interest in spinal disorders. Through EuSSAB, we are working closely with other national/international spine societies in our pursuit of establishing a common accredited “European Spine Specialist Certification”. We will further intensify the work of our Stakeholder Council to strengthen relationships with the MedTech industry, government, political institutions and others.
3. ActivitiesIn order to provide best practice services to patients, members and stakeholders, we focus on 4 core activities:
The EUROSPINE Annual General Meeting is considered the leading platform for sharing innovation and the latest research in the treatment of spinal disorders. Attended by several thousand participants from over 80 countries, it offers spine professionals the opportunity to network with the finest minds in spine care.
Our Spring Specialty Meeting is also of great interest, offering topical themes on diverse sub-specialties.
The Task Force on Research (TFR) distributes grants for high-quality studies and has educated more than 70 researchers in research methodology from 17 countries over the past 5 years. We shall continue to fund a significant number of high-quality projects and run regular research skills live educational events.
Our education programme differentiates us from other spine organisations, as it goes beyond pure academics and includes specific live educational events, fellowships and master classes. We offer a comprehensive European Spine Course Diploma, as well as advanced courses for lifelong learning.
It is our goal to offer an accredited “European Spine Specialist Certification”. To this end we are coordinating our efforts with other national societies through EuSSAB and with other European/Continental speciality organisations such as EFORT, EBOT and EANS.
d) Guidance for patients and clinicians
Patient Line is our well-established information service for patients.
Spine Tango is an international registry that documents the effectiveness and safety of spine care, treatment techniques and technologies.
4. Organisational SetupIn order to improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness in the delivery of educational activities, all operational activities have been consolidated under the umbrella of EUROSPINE. The EUROSPINE Foundation will focus on its role as a charitable organisation to fund spine research and education.
Internally, EUROSPINE is constantly strengthening its organisation. The newly established role of the Delegate to the ExCom and the two directors of Education & Research and Administration will jointly manage the increasingly complex business aspects of the Society. In addition, the Executive Committee (ExCom) has been restructured to make each ExCom member responsible for a Council to strengthen our own strategic and operational capacity.