Conference on Improving Planning Methodologies and Data across Europe



Dear associated partners,

Dear collaborating partners,
Dear EU Commission and Chafea representatives,
Dear all,


On behalf of Joint Action Health Workforce, we would like to thank those of you who have already registered for our upcoming Joint Action Conference on Improving Planning Methodologies and Data Across Europe. For those who did not registered yet, we are happy to announce that the registration is still open. Please, click right here to get registered. Following your registration you will receive a confirmation email along with all information you need in order to arrange your travel.


As we have previously informed you, the Joint Action Conference, co-funded by the EU Health Programme, will focus on raising awareness on health, workforce planning, showing the contribution of the partners towards the results and deliverables achieved so far. The conference programme focuses on three topics:


  1. Employment of Health Workforce
    In the first part of the agenda we will tackle the challenges for health workforce employment providing variety of sessions with focus on different perspectives particularly on Health Workers, Skills and Employment.
  2. Improving Planning Methodologies
    In the second part of the agenda we are happy to present to you our latest deliverable – Handbook on Planning Methodologies along with practice sessions aiming at Linking administrative databases to improve Health Workforce Data. Furthermore we will introduce our Pilot Study Project and will tackle the topic of GPs Workforce Projections.
  3. Applicability of the Global Code of Practice
    Third part of the confernce agenda will be dedicated to challenges of international recruitment and applicability of WHO Global Code of Practice related to international recruitment of health personnel.


The final programme introducing conference sessions, speakers and presenters is downloadable right here.


The conference will provide you with opportunity to meet various stakeholders active on health workforce field. We believe that it is a very good platform for networking and exchange of good practices accros Europe.


Additional questions concerning the programme should be addressed to or Should you have any questions concerning travel arrangements, please, contact


We are truly looking forward to meet you in Rome.


With kind regards,
Your Joint Action Team





10.30 – 10.50          Hon. Beatrice Lorenzin, Minister of Health, Italy


10.50 – 11.10          European Commission opening Dr Andrzej Rys, European Commission DG SANCO


11.10 – 11.30         Strategic objective of the conference, Michel Van Hoegaerden, Programme Manager of the Joint Action (PGM)


11.30 – 12.00        The need for planning, Senator Amedeo Bianco, President of the National Federation of the Orders of Doctors and Dentists, Italy



13.15 – 13.35    The European employment strategy and its tools, Federico Pancaldi, European Commission DG Employment


13.35 – 14.35    Introduction to the challenges for HWF employment: linking HWF and quality of care, Prof Walter Sermeus, School of Public Health & Primary Care, KU Leuven Belgium


Questions and answers – Moderated by Andrew P. Xuereb, Ministry of Health, Community and Elderly Care (Malta) 



14.50 – 16.50    3 parallel break-out sessions




17:00 – 17.15    Michel Van Hoegaerden, PGM





9.00 – 9.45       Learning from the existing planning systems: Presentation of the Handbook on Planning Methodologies
                            Paolo Michelutti, National Agency for Regional Health Services (Agenas), Italy


9.45 – 10.20     Future thinking on health workforce planning
                            Cris Scotter, Department of Health, United Kingdom


10.20 – 10.40   Questions & Answers Moderated by Melanie Böckmann, University of Bremen (Germany)


11.00 – 12.00    Practice sessions


“From the Handbook to the Pilot Projects” (in Italian with translation)


“Dall’Handbook al Progetto Pilota: opportunità e sfida per le Regioni e Province autonome Italiane“


Rossana Ugenti, Annalisa Malgieri, Ministry of Health, Italy
Claudio Costa, Veneto region, Italy


The Portuguese Pilot Project


Rui Santos Ivo, Portugal
Questions & AnswersModerated by Rosanna Ugenti, Ministry of Health (Italy)



International Recruitment of Health Personnel

13.15 – 13.45    Challenges in international recruitment: migration flows of foreign trained physicians explained
                                Dr Patrick Romestaing, European Observatory of Medical Demography/ French Medical Council


13.45 – 14.10    Applicability of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel

                            Reka Kovacs, Hungarian State Secretariat for Health, Hungary


14.10 – 14.25    Questions & Answers Moderated by Rade Pribaković, NIJZ (Slovenia)



14.45 – 16.05    Country cases on the international recruitment of health personnel (presentations followed by panel discussion)


Policy / guidelines for the ethical international recruitment of health staff, Finland
Ulla-Maija Laiho, Ministry of Employment and Economy, Finland
Better Managing the Mobility of Health Professionals in the Republic of Moldova
Dr Ala Nemerenco, WHO Country Office in Republic of Moldova
Training nurses from Vietnam – Lessons from the pilot project in Germany
Dr Grit Braeseke, European Institute for Healthcare Research and Social Economy (IEGUS)
Implementing the WHO Global Code: the Irish Experience
Gabrielle Jacob, Department of Health, Ireland


Panel discussionModerated by Irene Glinos, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies


16.05 – 16.25    Conclusions of the conference
                            Michel Van Hoegaerden, PGM & Giovanni Leonardi, General Manager Research, Ministry of Health, Italy


16.25 – 16.40    Closure of the conference                                                                      
                            Rossana Ugenti, General Manager Health Professions, Ministry of Health, Italy


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