Henk Nies

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Henk Nies

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Director of Strategy and Development, Vilans, Centre of Expertise for Long-term Care/professor of Organization and Policy Development, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

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Director of Strategy and Development of Vilans, the Netherlands Centre of Expertise for Long-Term Care and professor of Organization and Policy Development in Long-term Care, Vrije University of Amsterdam. Member of the Quality Council at the National Health Care Institute of the Netherlands. Graduated at a psycho-gerontologist Henk moved into policy research, national implementation programs and advisory functions in national policies for health care and older people in particular. Throughout his career he has worked at the edge of policy, practice and research. He was also involved in various international projects.

Research interests

LTC policies, implementation strategies, care workers in LTC, quality management and assurance, integrated care

Research projects on COVID and Long-Term Care

Monitoring Covid-19 policies in eight European countries

Primary care for older people during out of office hours during the corona pandemic

Ethics in dealing with Covid-19


Key publications

Leichsenring K, Billings J, Nies H. (eds). Long-term care in Europe. Improving Policy and Practice. Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan, 2013.


Nies, H., Veen, R. van der, Leichsenring, K. (2013). Quality measurement and improvement in long-term care. In: OECD/European Commission, A good life in old age. Monitoring and Improving Quality in Long-term Care. OECD Health Policy Studies, OECD Publishing, 223-246.

Duijn, S. van, Zonneveld, N. van, Lara Montero, A, Minkman, M., Nies, H. Service Integration Across Sectors in Europe: Literature and Practice. International Journal of Integrated Care, 2018; X(X): X, 1–14. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.3107

 Nies, H., Leichsenring, K. (2018). Concepts and strategies of quality assurance in care for older people. In: Boll,T., Ferring, D., Valsiner, J. (eds). Cultures of care in ageing. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing Inc.: 347-371.

Glimmerveen L, Nies H, Ybema S. Citizens as Active Participants in Integrated Care: Challenging the Field’s Dominant Paradigms. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2019;19(1):6. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.4202

Kaehne, A., Nies, H. (eds) (2021). How to deliver Integrated Care: A Guidebook for Managers. Bingley: Emerald Publishers. DOI: 10.1108/9781838675271

Koster, L., Nies, H. (2021). It takes three to tango: An ethnography of triadic involvement of residents, families and nurses in long-term dementia care. Health Expectations, 2021; 00:1-11. http://doi.org/10.1111/hex.13224

Nies H, Stekelenburg D, Minkman M, Huijsman R. A Decade of Lessons Learned from Integration Strategies in the Netherlands. International Journal of Integrated Care, 2021; X(X): X, 1–13. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.5703.

LTCCovid contributions

Nies, H., Zielman, E., Bressers. M., Sant, N. Covid-19 in long-term care. Until June 2021 (4th edition). Vilans.nl en Vilans.org. https://www.vilans.nl/vilans/media/documents/publicaties/covid-19-in-long-term-care-until-june-2021.pdf?_ga=2.208406167.486789189.1626822525-1774952158.1532605370


 Steele Gray, C.,  Baker, G.R., Breton, M., Kee, K., Minkman, M., Shaw, J., Tietschert, M.V., Wankah, P., Wodchis, W.P., Zonneveld, N., Nies, H. (2021) Will the “new” become the “normal”? Exploring Sustainability of Rapid Health System Transformations. In: Waring, J., Denis, J.-L., Petersen, A.R., Tenbensel, T. (eds). Organizing Care in a Time of Covid-19. 315-345.