On 6 and 7 February 2018, experts came together in Brussels for a workshop on ‘Planning for health professions: how to act on skills needs.’ The workshop took place in the context of the joint tender ‘Support for the health workforce planning and forecasting expert network’ (SEPEN) as the first of a series of five. The multidisciplinary group of participants comprising workforce planners, workforce strategists, health professions’ representatives, experts in education policy, national policy-makers, chronic disease patients’ organisations, and representatives of the OECD and European Commission, were invited to identify tools and approaches which integrate the skills dimension with health workforce planning processes. As a supporting case, the improvement of the skills of health professionals in communicating with chronic disease patients was selected.

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Please, find the presentations of the keynote speakers below:

Akiko Maeda

Matt Edwards

Yves Brand