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  1. Richard Price
  1. Correspondence to Richard Price, EAHP, 3 Rue Abbe Cuypers, Brussels 1040, Belgium;po{at}

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EU Action Plan on the health ­workforce

EAHP EU Monitor, 27 April 2012

The European Commission has recently published an Action Plan for the EU Health Workforce to help EU member states address the challenges faced by the healthcare sector. The Plan was published as part of a Commission communication for ‘a job rich recovery in Europe’.

The Action Pan lists four areas of focus where the Commission will provide support to member states.

▸Improving health workforce planning and forecasting in the EU, with the Commission looking to create a European platform to share good practice, develop forecasting methodologies on health workforce needs and effective planning, and improve EU-wide data on the health workforce.

▸Better anticipating the skill needs in the healthcare sector—by supporting the creation of a European Skills Council on nursing and care workers to better analyse and anticipate skill needs in these professions, fostering partnerships between vocational training providers and employers through the work of a Sector Skills Alliance, promoting the exchange of continuous professional development, and developing recommendations for the training requirements of healthcare assistants.

▸Stimulating exchange on the recruitment and retention of health workers by launching a mapping of innovative and effective recruitment and retention strategies.

▸Supporting ethical recruitment of health workers by supporting member states' implementation of the …

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