The belief that the healthcare workforce needs to be planned and delivered as close to the patient as possible is one shared by many around the world.  Achieving this is no small task.  It means having the right people with the right skills, attitudes and behaviors in the right place at the right time in the right numbers across an entire country as personnel become increasingly mobile.

Health Education England (HEE) is a part of England’s National Health Service that provides leadership for its national education and training system, and aims to ensure that its country’s workforce can support the delivery of excellent healthcare and drive improvements.

The 15th International Health Workforce Collaborative (IHWC) was an invitation-only event hosted by HEE in mid-May that provided senior workforce leads from the UK and Europe, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand an opportunity to walk together through key topics.

MacColl Center Associate Director Brian Austin introduced the LEAP Team Guide, and participated in a panel sharing patient-centered innovations in care delivery.  Created for use in primary care, the Team Guide offers a practical, hands-on set of resources to help build care teams and redesign the work of patient care to meet the goal of creating an effective and productive clinical practice.

“This was a wonderful opportunity to not only learn about international trends in the workforce, but to share insights from our 31 LEAP practices about role expansion in the service of greater patient-centeredness", said Brian Austin.

IWHC aims to promote:

  • exchange of policy approaches across countries that address health workforce planning and that enhance the ability of each country to respond to workforce needs;
  • understanding of global trends that affect health workforce policies; and
  • international collaboration in health workforce research, evaluation and forecasting.

The IHWC was initiated in 1996 by a  group of health economists, representatives of medical organizations and government officials from the US, UK, and Canada who agreed there would be some value in organizing an international invitational conference to discuss physician workforce issues. Australia joined in 1997. The partners have met every 12 to 18 months since 1996. The conferences bring together policy makers, academics, researchers and practitioners with responsibility for and interests in health workforce issues. The approach taken seeks to be rigorous and evidence based.

Co-directed by Ed Wagner, MD, MPH, and Margaret Flinter, PhD, APRN, Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices (LEAP) is funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Event Date: 
Wed, 05/20/2015