The challenge of mobility of health professionals and data monitoring are the hot topics of the final conference of the Joint Action on Health Workforce Planning and Forecasting held today and tomorrow in Varna, Bulgaria. Linda Mans of Wemos reports from the conference.
The conference brings together knowledge of experts from all over Europe and provides the opportunity for further networking. Our Polish partner in the Health Workers for All project, Redemptoris Mission, presents a Polish case study on obtaining reliable data on the scale of migration of Polish medical personnel. Such data is vital for the creation of a well-functioning health system, especially in the context of free mobility in the EU. The study recommends that professional associations should maintain systems for data collection, storage and dissemination, including migration statistics.
Other challenges tackled during the conference are health workforce education abroad with emphasis on conditions of healthcare students getting employed in home country, as well as practical lessons learned from migration training.
Next to mobility, also other issues are discussed. Wemos moderates a panel on the ageing consequences on health workforce, while other sessions focus on topics such as the effects of demography changing on health workforce needs, and the impact of technology on health workers.
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