The Health Care Workforce in Europe. Learning from experience

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A trained and motivated workforce, with appropriate skills, a commitment to life-long learning and receiving adequate rewards is an essential pre-requisite for high-performing health systems. Yet, for many countries the challenge of getting this right too often proves elusive.


How do you ensure the right skill-mix, so that the appropriate staff are in the right places to meet the needs of populations with changing health needs? How do you cope with unprecedented levels of international mobility of health professionals, when minor changes in working conditions in another country can make the difference between surplus and scarcity? How do you ensure that the rewards are commensurate with the contributions that staff are making, especially when there are many other employment opportunities open to them?

There are no easy answers, but in this book we have brought together the experiences of a range of countries that are all struggling with these issues. We hope that they will provide lessons for others facing similar challenges.

The editors

Bernd Rechel, Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom.

Carl-Ardy Dubois, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Nursing Sciences, University of Montreal, Canada.

Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Research Director, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, London, United Kingdom


Contributors include: Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, Are-Harald Brenne, James Buchan, Reinhard Busse, Kirill Danishevski, Carmen Delia Dávila Quintana, Carl-Ardy Dubois, Beatriz González López-Valcárcel, Kenneth Grech, Zeneta Logminiene, Martin McKee, Alan Maynard, Zilvinas Padaiga, Jack Reamy, Bernd Rechel, Elena Rodríguez Socorro, Liudvika Starkiene, Monika Strózik, Suzanne Wait, Susanne Weinbrenner.