Completion of the EU Joint Action on Health Workforce Planning and Forecasting

After a three-year project period, the final conference from the European Union (EU) Joint Action on Health Workforce Planning and Forecasting (Joint Action) was held in Mons, Belgium in May 2016.

In the course of the project, the Joint Action brought together 31 associated partners and 62 collaborating partners to establish a platform for Member States to understand health workforce terminology, to estimate future skill mixes and needs, and to increase the impact of health workforce planning on policy decision-making.

The concrete results include among others a handbook on health workforce planning methodologies that describes and analyses the planning practices developed in selected EU countries. Another result is an analysis of the applicability of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel within a European context, including the mapping of best practices led by the WHO Collaborating Centre on Human Resources for Health Development at the Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary.

The collaboration among Member States together with the results and outcomes of the Joint Action, should contribute to the development of a sufficient number of health professionals and help in minimising the gaps between the need for and supply of health professionals equipped with the right skills.

All project results including policy recommendations are available on the website of the Joint Action.