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Study on Effective Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Health Workers (2013-2014)

FINAL WORKSHOP OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION STUDY ON EFFECTIVE HEALTH WORKFORCE RECRUITMENT & RETENTION STRATEGIES IN THE EU

Organised by EHMA in collaboration with Catholic University Leuven, Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, King's College London, and Royal Tropical Institute, the final workshop of the European Commission study on effective health workforce recruitment & retention strategies in the EU took place on 10-11 March 2015 at the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Leuven, Belgium.

This two-day event aimed to share the findings and recommendations from the study, and to explore how to build consensus and create alignments to tackle recruitment and retention issues. The results will contribute to the successful implementation of the Action Plan for the EU health workforce and to ongoing workforce planning and forecasting at country level.

Please find below copy of the full Agenda and the documentary on health worker migration "Tale of a journey", which was developed by the International Labour Organization (project funded by the EU).

Documentary "Tale of a journey"


A final report is to be released in the coming weeks. For further information on the study, please contact David Smith at EHMA.



Introduction to the project
Following a tender by the European Commission (EAHC/2013/Health/08), EHMA leads an expert consortium to carry out a study which will document and analyse the various dimensions of the challenge of recruiting and retaining of professionals in the health sector. The results of this study will contribute to the successful implementation of the Action Plan for the EU health workforce and to ongoing workforce planning and forecasting at country level, and deepen the reflection on potential future action on recruitment and retention.
Objectives and output
The study will identify and analyse effective strategies for the recruitment and retention of health professionals (including educators and trainers), and support the development of organisational interventions and human resource policies.
Output includes:
  • a conceptual framework and template for mapping and assessing recruitment and retention practices;
  • an overview of both recruitment and retention practices in the European Union’s Member States, the EFTA countries and three non-EU countries;
  • and additional in-depth analysis on how successful recruitment and retention practices were implemented and what contextual factors facilitated or hampered their success

EHMA’s role in the project
EHMA coordinates the research consortium which further includes Europe's top experts on the subject: Catholic University Leuven (incl. Prof. Sermeus), Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (incl. Prof. Buchan and Prof. Dussault), King’s College London (incl. Prof. Rafferty), and the Dutch Royal Tropical Institute (incl. Ms. Dieleman). EHMA is also responsible for organising an expert meeting in May 2014 and a workshop disseminating the resulting and building capacity for recruitment and retention early 2015 (both invitation only, including main contributors to the study).