Let’s face health workforce challenges together!
HEROES Joint Action (HEalth woRkfOrce to meet health challEngeS), is dedicated to be a worthy successor of the JA Health Workforce and the SEPEN Joint Tender. These projects have achieved important results in the field of planning and forecasting of health workforce in the recent years.
Continuity is indicated in this website as HEROES JA took over healthworkforce.eu serving as a guiding platform of the health workforce field, where results of the previous projects remain also available.
Despite the development of technology, digitalisation, medical devices, pharmaceutical research and innovation, the foundation of an effective and resilient health system, is the health workforce.
HEROES kicked off
HEROES kicked-off in Rome on the 15 February 2023.
In the coming 3 years we will build and improve health workforce planning governance, data, planning models, skills and stakeholder involvement.
The aim is to implement progressive and sustainable changes in the 19 European countries involved, building on key lessons from previous initiatives.
Health system needs
In HEROES we believe that complex systems such as health systems, characterised by emergencies and a rapid evolving population needs, require advanced planning systems that can support countries to manage:
- the balance between the current supply of health workforce, the health workforce demand and the needs of the population;
- the balance between training capacity, future supply and future estimated demand of the health workforce;
- the balance between specialised and high-level skills and sustainability and flexibility of the health workforce. [more]
Countries need to equip themselves with systems, models, tools, data and information that enable policy makers to make long term decisions about training, recruitment and retention of the health workforce in health facilities at different levels, taking into account the changing demand of the population, the models for organising the health services to meet those demand and the possibility that such systems may be exposed to health shocks and crises.