Health workforce

Anticipating future skills needs

Anticipating future skills needs for health professionals is crucial to meet the new demands of health care, for example:

  • the shift from care in hospitals to the provision of care closer to home - to cope with elderly patients with multiple chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.
  • the growth of new technologies, new medical appliances and diagnostic techniques which requires technical know-how in addition to clinical knowledge
  • the expansion of e-health, which enables distant diagnostics services,  requires new ways of working.

Network to develop core competences for Healthcare assistants (HCA)

Under the Public Health Programme 2014, CHAFEA (the European Commission's Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency) awarded the tender CHAFEA/2014/Health/04 to the consortium CC4HCA. This consortium is led by NIVEL and has KU Leuven and CHHCP as main project partners. The project 'Core Competences for HealthCare Assistants: Towards a common training framework' has kick off in March 2015. More information can be found here.

Continuous Professional Development of Health Professionals in the EU

Continuous professional development (CPD) and life-long learning (LLL) have become cornerstones of professional practice across all qualifications. The Commission's Action Plan for the EU health workforce addresses CPD as a tool to safeguard patient safety within the context of cross-border mobility of health professionals and patients in the EU. 

This study, funded under the EU Health Programme, comprises a unique mapping and review of continuous professional development and lifelong learning for doctors, nurses, dentists, midwives and pharmacists in the 28 member countries of the EU and EFTA countries.

Pilot network of nurse educators and regulators

The pilot network examined the scope of skills and competences of healthcare assistants for potential uptake in national education and training programmes. The report can be found here

Sector skills alliance

Sector Skills Alliances will work to design and deliver joint vocational training programmes and teaching and training methodologies.
ECVET for Elderly Care (EFEC)  is the first pilot Sector Skills Alliance (SSA) in the health and care sector. This transnational partnership of organisations from six EU countries  aims to improves the comparability, transparency and mutual recognition of qualifications of carers applying the ECVET principles.

Erasmus+ 2015 has opened a call for further sector skills alliances in the health and care sector with a deadline of 26 February 2015.