Workforce skill-mix

Thursday, 01.10.2015 | 12:00 - 14 | Room 2

Organised by Swiss Federal Office of Public Health in collaboration with the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Improving the skill-mix for chronic care

The health workforce makes a huge contribution to health system performance. The wide variations in how European countries configure their workforce (general practitioners, specialists, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and the plethora of allied health professions) make it an ideal test bed for comparing skill-mix reforms, particularly in light of demographic and coordinated/integrated care developments. 

This workshop will discuss how innovations in skill-mix can contribute to improve chronic care, in terms of both quality and efficiency. We will attempt to identify optimal skill-mix compositions as well as cooperative arrangements between healthcare professions in different chronic care settings by looking at various experiences. We will in particular focus on:

  • enabling and supporting - service users and their careers
  • coordination of services - overcoming fragmentation
  • harnessing community resources - lay and community support skills
  • increasing capacity and capability of primary care - nurses, pharmacists and allied health professions


Yann Bourgueil, Institute for Research and Information in Health Economics (IRDES), France

Claudia Maier, University of Pennsylvania, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, USA

Further panelists and speakers will be announced.


Tania Dussey-Cavassini, Vice-Director General, Federal Office of Public Health, Switzerland

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