European Workforce Planning Joint Action


Our work

Our partners


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The Joint Action (JA) on European Health Workforce Planning and Forecasting is a three-year programme of work – running from April 2013 to March 2016 – involving partners representing countries and stakeholder groups from across Europe. The JA is part funded by the Health Programme of the European Union.

The general objective of the JA is to create a platform for collaboration and exchange between partners to better prepare for the future of the health workforce within Europe.


To do this, the programme is divided into seven specific projects or work packages (WP).  There are three core work packages (WP1, 2 and 3) which focus on the project management, dissemination and evaluation of the JA, and four that are focused on collecting and analysing information on health workforce planning in Europe: WP4 is concerned with European data collection and terminology, WP5 is considering quantitative methods of health workforce planning (HWF) and WP6 is focused on horizon scanning and qualitative methods of workforce planning.  

WP6 is led by the United Kingdom and the work is contracted to the Department of Health (DH). As a commissioned body for health workforce planning in England, the CfWI was asked by the DH to carry out this work with associated partners and collaborative partners, on behalf of all four countries within the UK.


Our work

Work package 6 was commissioned as changes in health system design, delivery and demographics are likely to have a significant impact on the future health workforce that is required. Some of these changes will be common across Europe and some of them may be linked. In order to do effective workforce planning these changes need to be identified and considered in a systematic way using long-term strategic thinking and planning (horizon scanning).

WP6 aims to:

  • identify and classify the various methodologies used to do qualitative health workforce planning across member states
  • estimate the future skills and competencies needed in the health workforce over the next 20 years.

In order to demonstrate the value of applying qualitative and horizon scanning methods, the CfWI conducted a pilot study with the Belgian Federal Public Service: Health. The general objective of the pilot was to incorporate methods used by the CfWI and the best practices identified through Joint Action work to improve specific parameters of the Belgian Health Workforce Planning Model.


Our partners

WP6 Associated partners

WP6 collaborating partners

UK – Department of Health & CfWI

Netherlands – Ministry of Health & Capaciteitsorgaan

International Organization for Migration

Belgian Federal Public Service of Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment

European Federation of Nurses Association

Republic of Moldova

Spain – Ministry of Health

European Hospital and Healthcare Federation

Federaal Planbureau Belgium

Finland – Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union

European Network of Medical Competent Authorities

Iceland – Ministry of Welfare

European Union of Medical Specialists

European Union of General Practitioners (UEMO)

Greece – Ministry of Health

Slovakia – Ministry of Health

European Hospital and Healthcare Employers’ Association (HOSPEEM)

Germany – University of Bremen

France – Ministry of Health

The Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services

Hungary – Semmelweis University, Health Services Management Training Centre

Council of European Dentists

European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU)

European Health Management Association

Standing Committee of European Doctors

European Health Futures Forum (EHFF)

Romania - Babes-Bolyai University   Ireland - Department of Health


Kassenärztliche Bundesvereinigung  (KBV)



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