Health Workforce

Hospitals and healthcare services have an important function in the society and their role evolved due either to the changes affecting the environment and the reforms of the healthcare systems. Health workforce represents a crucial component for the hospital and healthcare activity and, for this reason it raised interest in the debate at the European level. HOPE deals with this topic in several ways since years.

In May 2004, HOPE published in the framework of its working group related to health workforce issues a report The Healthcare Workforce in Europe: Problems and Solutions. The aim of the initial survey was to collect and analyze information on the health professional workforce (covering doctors, dentists, nurses and allied health professions) in HOPE member countries, and observer countries. The purpose was also to assess the implications for the workforce of demographic trends and other factors, including implementation of the European Working Time Directive for junior doctors and the draft directive on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications and to identify strategies currently being pursued to tackling labor shortages and the scope for more coordinated approaches. Since then, HOPE committed itself in various activities related to health workforce issues: new roles and new skills; professional mobility; working time directive and social dialogue.

In April 2013, HOPE joined the Joint Action on European Health Workforce Planning and Forecasting as associated partner. The project, co-funded by the European Commission, aims at promoting collaboration within Member States and helping countries to move forwards on the planning process and to better prepare the future of health workforce. By creating a platform for collaboration and exchange, it supports Member States and Europe in their efforts to take effective and sustainable measures to address the supply and demand for health workers.

EU Projects

Joint Action on European Health Workforce Planning and Forecasting


Registered Nurse Forecasting Study