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Session organised at iHEA, Milan 2015

Three MUNROS presentations given at iHEA July 2015 reporting the first results from a large collaborative research project into the role and contribution of the new professions and the changing role and contribution of the established professions.

Session Description (278 words)

Spending on workforce is the largest single item of health care expenditure in EU member states. The size and composition of the health workforce are key drivers of expenditure levels and the performance of health care systems. In several EU member states the workforce is being reconfigured with the introduction of new professions, such as Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants and extensions to the roles of established professions. This session will report the first results from a large collaborative research project into the role and contribution of the new professions and the changing role and contribution of the established professions. The collaboration is across nine European countries and is funded by the EC.

The three presentations will focus on different aspects of the research. They will all feature data gathered from the nine countries in the collaboration: the Czech Republic, England, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Scotland and Turkey.

The presentation by Gibson, Birch and Sutton will report the results of two surveys, of health professionals and their mangers. It will report the tasks undertaken by new and established health professions and how this changing skill mix differs between countries. It will identify the role of economic and institutional factors in accounting for inter-country differences. The presentation by Ruggeri and Coretti will report patient’s responses to the changing workforce skill mix and the impact of these changes on patient’s satisfaction and health outcomes. The third presentation by Askildson and Islam will use routine and register data from the nine countries to assess the impact on clinical processes and clinical outcomes. It will evaluate whether the changes observed have impact on the productivity of the secondary care sector.

Key Terms: health workforce, new health professions, changing roles for health professionals,

Session Disclosure:

This research is funded under EC FP7


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