WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care, Health Services Delivery Programme, Division of Health Systems and Public Health, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Scoping the primary care workforce and stakeholder roles in developing competencies among the primary care workforce

Laufzeit: Februar 2017 bis Juli 2017

Strong primary care is fundamental to better healthcare for all. The importance of a competent, high-performing and sustainable health workforce to strengthen health services delivery is increasingly recognised. The primary care workforce has a particularly important role in transforming healthcare systems to effectively respond to the demographic changes, the increase of chronic non-communicable diseases and multi-morbidity. However, knowledge and data sources are especially weak in primary care, as services are more complex, people-centred and diverse, thus less standardised and monitored. This project has three major objectives: to provide a clearer understanding of who makes up the primary care health workforce in different countries; understand which competencies are required for providing people-centred primary care services; and explore how stronger stakeholder involvement of different health professionals and their representatives can help improve these competencies but also serve as policy levers to enhance capacity building for a sustainable primary care workforce.