Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts - Sofia 2018

The 2nd International Congress of Health Workforce Education & Research is inviting abstract submissions which engage with one or more topics relating to ‘Policy and Practice’. We also welcome abstracts and proposals on other important topics for healthcare education. The conference provides a unique setting for participants to explore this theme and form new collaborations with international colleagues involved in teaching, research, and policy fields. The full Call for Abstracts can be found here. Submitters have until Sunday 1st July 2018 and should use the following form to submit their proposals: http://inhwe.org/abstract-submission

Congress Theme: Policy and Practice

This year’s Congress Theme looks at “Policy and Practice”. It is too often the case that discussions relating to the education of health professionals (and the wider health workforce in general) policy does not include the perspectives of educators. The key objective of this Congress is to identify tools, techniques and approaches that integrate policy with educators’ perspectives on improving the skills of health professionals.  Current factors affecting our rapidly changing global healthcare systems are both diverse and numerous. Challenges include a lack of funding, ageing populations, chronic disease, multi-morbidity and anti-microbial resistance. In order to ease these pressures on health care systems, policy makers are increasingly looking to new solutions such as technological innovation, ehealth and mhealth, new professional roles, skill mix analysis and competency-based policy making. These solutions involve new ways of working and therefore require new skills and further training for the health workforce. 

The benefits of creating, educating and maintaining a future-oriented and effective health workforce is recognised globally. However, further research, social dialogue and educational innovations are needed to ensure health workforces of the future are both sustainable and adaptive to new challenges. It is thus essential to develop policies that allow for the education of flexible health professionals capable of dealing with the ever-changing healthcare environment. INHWE and its global membership base contribute towards shaping this policy agenda by placing a multi-stakeholder and inter-professional approach at the heart of their work.  By doing so, we contribute to supporting educators to employ the most effective teaching methods, researchers to identify the right skill combinations for future professionals, and policy makers to make effective changes to national and international planning and legislation.

The Congress welcomes presentations adopting local, national and/or international perspectives on the above issues. The Congress aims to bring together a range of stakeholders – abstracts can therefore reflect perspectives on teaching/training, research, and/or policy:

  • Teaching/Training: possible topics include pedagogy, assessment methods, curricula, innovation, technology
  • Research: possible topics include results from large-scale surveys, research projects, studies using innovative methods
  • Policy: possible topics include new policy initiatives, future policy directions being pursued by governments and private/non-governmental organisations.

We are also keen to provide a platform for abstracts on topics not expressly linked to the conference theme but which explore topics of importance to healthcare education. Abstracts on topics such as digital skills for health professionals, translating health workforce policy into practice, issues of gender and equality in the health workforce, and inter-professional education and training are also welcome.

Deadline: The Call for Abstracts will open on 1st May 2018 and close on 1st July 2018