European Workforce for Health

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24 / 6 / 2016 1.16pm

As part of a wider approach to help stimulate a job-rich recovery across the EU, the European Commission proposed (in 2012) some concrete measures for the health sector in a Health Workforce Action Plan.

The Action Plan

There are several areas where the Commission will provide support to member states. These included:

  • improving health workforce planning and forecasting in the EU. A collaborative initiative on workforce planning was launched in April 2013. The joint action on health workforce planning provides stakeholders from across Europe with a platform for sharing methodologies and best practice on workforce planning and forecasting. Find out more on Joint Action.
  • anticipating future skills needs.
  • promoting the exchange of good practice on continuous professional development to update skills and competence and help retain healthcare personnel through lifelong learning, through a review and mapping of national systems and practices. Read the report
  • network to develop core competences for health care assistants.
  • stimulating exchange on the recruitment and retention of health workers, by launching a mapping of innovative and effective recruitment and retention strategies.
  • supporting ethical recruitment of health workers, by supporting member states' implementation of the WHO Global Code of Practice for the International recruitment of Health Personnel and the social partner (European healthcare employers and trade unions joint code of conduct on cross-border recruitment).
European Commission (DG-SANTÉ) Health Workforce.

Health Workforce Expert Group meetings, organised by DG-SANTÉ to bring together experts from Member State health ministries and professional organisations across Europe.

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