Rome: The European health workforce debated

On December 4th and 5th, the Ministry of Health in Rome, Italy hosted the 2nd conference of the Joint Action on Health Workforce Planning and Forecasting funded by the European Commission. The conference, focused on improving planning methodologies and data across Europe, welcomed participants from 33 countries, representatives of both associated and collaborating partners of the Joint Action, as well as representatives of the European Commission, European professional organzations, the World Health Organization and the Italian Ministry of Health.

The aim of the conference was to support Member States and national-level stakeholders in improving their health workforce planning processes.

The conference provided a seminal environment for disseminating information about health workforce planning and forecasting methodologies, as well as sharing experiences of various countries with health workforce management (e.g. Finland, Germany, Moldova, France, Ireland). Participants in the conference highlighted the need to design or improve health workforce planning methodologies, in order to tackle the challenges of workforce mobility, unequal distribution and changing skill mix.

Within the presentations and subsequent discussion, Romania was frequently mentioned as a major source country of health professionals, together with the suggestion that efforts should be made by Romanian stakeholders to better manage the mobility of Romanian health professionals.

The Joint Action on Health Workforce Planning and Forecasting (2013-2016) received funding from the Health Programme of the European Union. The general objective of this action is a platform for collaboration and exchange between MSs to prepare the future of the HWF. The Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca is an associated partner in the Joint Action, representing Romania. You can find out more information about the Joint Action here.