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Winds of change:
towards new ways of improving public health in Europe

Ljubljana, Slovenia
28 November - 1 December 2018

PRE-CONFERENCE WEDNESDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2016 (13:30 - 19:00) AND THURSDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2016 (08:30 - 12:00)

Austria Center Vienna (ACV)


Health workforce governance in Europe: toward a future research agenda


Organised by

EUPHA Section on Health Services Research, Working Group Health Workforce Research, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies in collaboration with OECD and WHO Regional Office for Europe

Chairs: Ellen Kuhlmann, Claudia B. Maier and Irene A. Glinos


For further details, please download the programme here


Programme Wednesday 9 November 2016

12.30 Registration and lunch
13.00 Welcome and introduction

13.15-14.45 Session I Policy, governance and organization: improving the performance of the health workforces
Facilitator: Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Office for Europe 

Session I opens the debate on health workforce governance by taking a global view and introducing high-level policy recommendations for improving workforce performance. Four core areas of contemporary health workforce change are then examined through a European lens. Developments include demand for new skills in chronic care provision, for organizational change in primary healthcare, and for comprehensive governance changes in care work through the shifting of tasks from doctors to nurses and through the training of healthcare assistants. The session will promote critical debate to improve performance at the European, national and operational (organization, coordination, education, etc) levels of governance.

Keynote statement
The WHO global strategy on Human Resources for Health by 2030: Implications for Europe, Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Office for Europe

The EU approach to health workforce policy, Caroline Hager, European Commission

Rapid communications

Plenary discussion 

15.15-16.45 Session II Health labour markets and professional development: monitoring and motivating changing health workforces
Facilitator: Gaetan Lafortune, OECD

Session II explores how to monitor, motivate and sustain health workforces. Developments in the labour markets and the health professions are brought together to understand the specific conditions of managing human resources. Major topics include developments in the health workforce, changes in the composition, incentives and outcomes of skill mixes, recruitment and retention and the role work conditions play in this context. The session will discuss options for improving monitoring systems and governance to target health labour markets and professional development and help to respond to maldistribution and shortages.

Keynote statement
Health labour markets and developments in the healthcare workforce, Gaetan Lafortune, OECD

Rapid communications

Plenary discussion

17.15-18.45 Session III Health workforce mobility: improving collaboration and equity
Facilitator: Claudia B. Maier, TU Berlin, Germany

Session III looks at country experiences and implications of changing mobility patterns across Europe. With growing awareness of the role health professional mobility can play in capacity planning, service delivery and education pipelines, the presenters will explore how countries can collaborate in a context of health workforce flows, how mobility affects health systems, what policy responses countries employ, and whether there is scope for contextual learning. The discussion will help to clarify how Europe can respond to the challenges of unequal mobility and distribution of health workers within the EU and globally. 

Keynote statement
Strengthening cross-country collaboration to make health professional mobility work better, Irene A. Glinos, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Rapid communications

Programme Thursday 10 November 2016

8.30-12.00 Break-out Sessions European health workforce governance: developing a research agenda

Facilitators: Ellen Kuhlmann, Claudia B. Maier and Irene A. Glinos

The break-out sessions move the focus from discussing current developments in the health workforce towards developing a proposal for a future research agenda. Drawing on an overview of present EU policy and the insights from sessions I-III, the aim is to identify key areas of research and existing gaps. In facilitated group discussions, participants are invited to produce concrete suggestions on the governance of performance and the organization and composition of skills of the health workforce, the monitoring of health labour markets and development of incentives and work conditions to sustain a health workforce, and the responses to growing EU health workforce mobility and its unequal effects on healthcare systems. The suggestions from the working groups will feed back into the concluding plenary discussion.

Keynote statement

Summing up and the way forward

Rapid communications, summaries from sessions I-III
Facilitated Working Groups on the topics of sessions I-III, followed by plenary discussion.

11.30-12.00 Summing up and closing


Registration fee

The registration fee is € 140 which includes buffet lunch and refreshments.