Programme and presentations

To support WHO recommendations and fight the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, our midterm conference goes virtual. Please join us and make it a success in order to strengthen health workforce research in times it is most needed!

Time zone is CET (Brussels, Copenhagen) for all meetings.

The Abstract Book is available here.

Thursday, 18 June 2020


Welcome and introduction, Marius Ungureanu, Ellen Kuhlmann livestream


COVID-19 – what to learn for a future health workforce?

livestream Chair and introduction: Matthias Wismar, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies


·        Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, WHO Europe Director Country Health Policies & Systems, and EUPHA past President

·     James Buchan, WHO Regional Office for Europe, Program Human Resources for Health (with Gabrielle Jacob and Cris Scotter)

·        Paolo Michelutti, AGENAS – National Agency of the Regional Health Services, Italy

·        Ala Nemerenco, Former Minister of Health in the Republic of Moldova

·        Diana Păun, Presidential Advisor on Health to Romania’s President

Research sessions, presentations available below.


Meet the Network online, exchanging knowledge, ideas and expertise livestream


How to plan the future health workforce? Results from the SEPEN tender

Webinar Chairs: Michel van Hoegaerden, Ronald Batenburg

·      Re-assessing the level of health workforce planning in Europe: new ways forward and new insights? Ronald Batenburg, NIVEL, M Kroezen, M van Hoegaerden, W Sermeus

·      Key challenges in health workforce planning in Europe, Eszter Kovács, Hungary, SEPEN tender Coordinator, et al.

·     The importance of mobility data in health workforce planning, Livia Langner, Hungary, E Kovács, P Szegner, M Szocska, M van Hoegaerden, B Snyers, W Sermeus

Research sessions, presentations available below

Friday, 19 June 2020


How to educate the health workforce and improve leadership?

Webinar Chair: Ellen Kuhlmann

·        Professionalisation of the public health workforce in the European regionKasia Czabanowska, ASPHER Vice President/ Past President

·        Human Resources for Health leadership and management program: answering to the training needs of the health workforce, Cátia Sá Guerreiro, Portugal, A Aguiar, W Amde, G Cometto, Z Cserháti, M Dal Poz, P Ferrinho, E Kovács, U Lehmann

·        Development of a European Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Research in Continuing Professional Development, Catherine Fitzgerald, T Kearns, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland

·        Learning from COVID-19, strengthening global health in medical education: the perspective of students, Annika Kreitlow, S Steffens, E Kuhlmann, Medical School Hannover, Germany

·        Comments: Șoimița Suciu, Dean of the Cluj-Napoca Medical School, Romania;

Todorka Kostadinova, Vice President of the University of Varna, Bulgaria;

Monica Brînzac, EUPHANxt Representative

Research sessions, presentations available below


How to manage transnational mobility of the future health workforce?

Webinar Chair: Marius Ungureanu

·        Health professional mobility and the Global Code of Practice: evidence from joint EUROSTAT/OECD/WHO survey data, Gemma Williams European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, UK, G Jacob, C Scotter, I Rakovac, M Wismar, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, Belgium

·        The mobile nursing workforce from Portugal to the NHS in England: different expectations of systems, organisations and the individual professional, Claudia Leone, Nuffield Trust, UK, AM Rafferty, JE Anderson, G Dussault, Portugal

·        A human side of migration: Serbian doctors and nurses, Milena Santric-Milicevic, M Vasić, Serbia

·        Transnational workforce mobility in long-term care in Europe: a framework for cross-country comparative analysis, Ellen Kuhlmann, Germany, V Burau, Denmark, M Falkenbach, USA, K Klasia, USA, E Pavolini, Italy

·        The mobility transition in health professional emigration, Joseph Nwadiuko, K Roa, L Paina, USA


Summing up and future projects livestream

Research sessions, presentations linked below

Research session 1. Health workforce policy and practice

Human resources for health during and after the reform of the primary health care in Montenegro
Lidija Scepanovic (Montenegro), M Santric Milicevic (Serbia)

How can family doctors in Romania contribute to health system objectives? An analysis of the gaps between professional scope of practice and legal scope of practice
Marius Ungureanu, E Costiug, MG Brînzac, A Papiu, A Forray (Romania)

Why should we care about the loyalty of nurses? Insights from Moscow surveys
Ignat Bogdan, MV Gurylina, DP Chistyakova (Russia)

Health workforce governance through the lens of the profession: a re-analysis of New Zealand’s Primary Care workforce policy actors
Gareth Rees (Peru)

Is integration of combatant health workers in the public health arm possible? Lessons from Nepal
Bhimsen Devkota (Nepal), E van Teijlingen (UK)

Between public policy responses and reality: an analysis of the human resources for health in Romania
Monica G Brînzac, M Ungureanu (Romania)


Research session 2: Health workforce capacity and practice

Trainees who started and completed HCA training in Portugal between 2011 and 2018: how many, who and where are they?
André Beja, I Craveiro, T Correia, P Ferrinho (Portugal)

Comparative analysis of the health workforce in Post-Soviet countries
Milena Santric-Milicevic, NB Boskovic, SM Milicevic (Serbia)

How can legal definitions support skill mix adaptation in France
Louise Luan, Y Bourgueil (France)

The trends of physicians in the public health sector in Montenegro
Marija Palibrk, M Palibrk, N Terzic (Montenegro)

Evidence on health workforce effectiveness of hospitals in Sub Saharan Africa
Philipos Gil (Ethiopia), M Buljac-Samardzic, JJ Van De Klundert (Netherlands)

Distribution of workforce in dentistry in Cluj region
Ondine Lucaciu, R. Bordea, NB Petrescu, I-C Mirica, O Aghiorghiesei, A Mester, M Aluas, RS Campian (Romania)

Research session 3

Increase of salaries as strategy for preventing migration of young doctors: Romanian experience
Florentina Furtunescu, M Georgescu, DG Minca, BC Pana, A Dragoescu (Romania)

Social Responsibility skills of future managers in in health care organizations: focus on the EHESP-French School of Public Health
Estelle Baurè, C Harpet, A Lefébure (France)

Advocacy for the specialised health workforce: the case of rheumatology physicians in Germany
Ellen Kuhlmann, D Ernst, A Jablonka (Germany)

Building public health workforce capacity in the medical field from Tunisia
Madalina A Coman, O Oltean, RM Chereches, E Bozdog (Romania)

Universal health coverage and health worker maldistribution in the European Union: solidarity versus subsidiarity
Corinne Hinlopen (Netherlands)

Breaking the silos: a roadmap to address the equality, diversity and inclusion challenges in the ever-changing healthcare landscape
Valia Kalaitzi (Netherlands/ Greece)

The SOHE Bridge Project – streamlining bridging studies for obtaining professional rights
Aino Ezeonodo, K Matinheikki-Kokko (Finland)


Research session 4: Taking care of the health workforce, improving work conditions

A large observational study of burnout and quality of patient care in English General Practices
Maria Panogioti C Grigoroglou, A Hodkinson, S Zghebi, D Ashcroft, E Kontopantelis, C Chrew-Graham, SD Lusignan, A Esmail (United Kingdom),

Stretched, strained and unsustainable: the impact of working conditions on the retention of hospital doctors in Ireland
John-Paul Byrne, E Conway, A McDermott, J Creese, N Humphries (Ireland)

Workforce factors affecting the emergence of Primary Care Units in Austria
Eva Krczal, A Franczukowska, A Braun (Austria)

Health workforce and primary task: practice and people
Marija Jevtic (Serbia/ Belgium)

Using online messenger for teaching health promotion and mentoring skills
Rabiga Khozhamkul, Kosherbaeva, LK, Sharipov, S, Nauruzaliyeva, BA (Kazakhstan)

Brain drain of graduate students of medicine at the Faculty of Medicine University of Belgrade
Biljana Buljugic (Serbia)

Practical information

Please note: presenters in the webinar will receive further technical instructions. All other authors selected for the research sessions must send their presentation as a pdf file until 8 June 2020 to and register for the conference. Presentations will be accepted in the format of a poster or a power point presentation (no more than 5 slides, strictly, as online capacity/storage is limited); please provide your name and email address on the first power point slide, thus participants may contact you for questions and comments.

A book of abstracts will be available at the conference website. Please note: registering and sending the pdf presentation until 8 June 2020 is mandatory to be included the abstract in the book of abstracts.

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For queries please contact the conference organizing team (

Thank you very much for your support in difficult times!

Keep safe and stay healthy!