Joint Action Conference

There can be no healthcare system without the right number of workers equipped with the right skills. Health workforce planning is necessary for the proper management of a country’s healthcare system. However, many countries are facing difficulties in establishing a framework enabling them to gather relevant information, to integrate this data into a forecasting model and to have the necessary political debates in order to adopt the necessary measures to improve the sustainability of their healthcare systems (e.g. education and training, recruitment and retention strategies, continuous professional development).

The EU Joint Action on Healthcare Workforce Planing provides insights to an analysis on future skills and competences in the health sector to feed into the labour market intelligence needed in Member States to define skill needs in their health workforce education and training policies.

On 18th and 19th February the Joint Action hosted the 3rd and final Conference on Health Workforce Planning and Forecasting in Varna, Bulgaria. Experts from all over Europe came together and discussed problems and oppurtunities for the future of Health Workers in Europe. Also the students opinion was heard and taken into consideration, as there were presentations held by representatives of EPSA (European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association), IFMSA (International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations) and EMSA (European Medical Students’ Association).

EMSA was represented at this Conference by Aphrodite Adamidou – current European Institutions Liaison Officer – who also hold a presentation on “The post-bologna medical education policy – Could a European Core Curriculum advance the efforts on medical workforce planning?”.

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