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
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
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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.
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
- Developing skills and competencies for chronic care provision, Matthias Wismar, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
- Governing the task shifting from doctors to nurses, Claudia B. Maier, TU Berlin, Germany
- Healthcare assistants in Europe, Ronald Batenburg, NIVEL, The Netherlands
- Organizing change in the primary healthcare workforce, Viola Burau, Aarhus University and DEFACTUM Public Health & Health Services Research, Denmark
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.
Health labour markets and developments in the healthcare workforce, Gaetan Lafortune, OECD
- Comparing health professional development and workforce composition in Europe, Ellen Kuhlmann, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany / Emmanuele Pavolini, University of Macerata
- Cross-country variations in the skill mix of health professionals in care pathways, Christine M. Bond, University of Aberdeen, UK / MUNROS Project
- Improving recruitment and retention of health professionals, Marieke Kroezen / Walter Sermeus, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium
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.
Strengthening cross-country collaboration to make health professional mobility work better, Irene A. Glinos, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
- Austerity measures in Southern EU and the mobility of doctors and nurses, Gilles Dussault, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Portugal
- Nurses’ recruitment and mobility patterns from the perspective of a destination country, Claudia Leone, King’s College London, UK
- A structured system of cross-border cooperation for training in highly specialised health services, Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, Ministry for Health, Malta and University of Malta / Marieke Kroezen, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium
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.
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
The registration fee is € 140 which includes buffet lunch and refreshments.