Lunch symposium: Health and care workforce in Europe: Time to act

Thursday 10 November, 12:45 - 13:45 CET, Beta 1


Organised by

WHO Regional Office for Europe


The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the centrality of health and care workers to deliver quality health services and to build resilient health systems. We will take the opportunity of this session to present the main findings of the WHO European report on health and care workforce “Health and care workforce in Europe: Time to act”.  The report provides a wealth of regional, sub-regional and country-level health workforce data and identifies ten priority actions where effective policy and planning responses to the HCWF challenges in the Region are urgently needed. The launch of the report is a milestone to support coordinated work among all key stakeholders to advance regional health and care workforce priorities.  The role of different actors in the implementation of these priority actions will also be highlighted.


The main objectives are:

  • Present the main findings and key policy options of the WHO European report on health and care workforce: “Health and Care Workforce in Europe: Time to act”;
  • Discuss the priority actions in the report, possible way forward and respective roles of different actors.


  • Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, Director Country Health Policies and Systems, WHO Europe
  • Ellen Kuhlmann, President EUPHA Health workforce section, Medical School Hannover, Germany


  • Tomas Zapata, Regional Advisor Health Workforce and Service delivery WHO Europe
  • Gemma Williams, Human resources for health Technical Officer, European Observatory of Health Systems
  • Gilles Dussault, WHO Health Workforce consultant
  • Matthias Wismar, Programme Manager, European Observatory of Health Systems


Time / Duration

What is happening



Introduction to the session

Moderators Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat & Ellen Kuhlmann


WHO-Europe health and care workforce report: “Health and care workforce in Europe: time to act”, key facts and policy options


Tomas Zapata

13:00 – 13:07

Health and care workforce lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic


Gemma Williams

13:07 – 13:15

Country good practices on health workforce (Presentation)

Gilles Dussault

13:15 – 13:15

What are the three main priority HCWF policy actions in Europe?

(The 10 actions from the regional report will be presented in Slido for attendants to select the top 3)

Moderators: Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat & Ellen Kuhlmann

13:15 – 13:20


Matthias Wismar

13:20 – 13:40

Plenary discussion


13:20 – 13:40

Conclusion and closing

Moderators: Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat & Ellen Kuhlmann



Registration is not required. Delegates can attend the lunch symposium free of charge. Get your lunch in the Exhibiton / Catering Area and take it to the session room.