Barcelona 2020

3rd International Congress of Health Workforce Education and Research

We are very pleased to announce the details of the 3rd International Congress of Health Workforce Education and Research. The Congress will take place in Barcelona, Spain between Wednesday 2nd and Friday 4th September 2020. The International Network for Health Workforce Education holds its International Congress once a year and is the prime meeting place for international health workforce educators, researchers and policy makers. 

Congress Theme: Interprofessional Education 

There is now significant evidence to indicate that effective interprofessional education is an innovative strategy that enables effective collaborative practice and improves healthcare systems. The 2010 WHO Framework states that “after almost 50 years of enquiry, the World Health Organization and its partners acknowledge that there is sufficient evidence to indicate that effective interprofessional education enables effective collaborative practice”. The development of strong interprofessional teams to aid collaborative working practices must be imbedded thought out the working career of health professionals. This continual reinforcement of Interprofessional skills will allow the health workforce to deal with an increasingly changing healthcare landscape.   

It is clear that global healthcare systems face increased demand for health services due to ageing populations, rising patient and workforce mobility, and a diminishing supply of health workers caused by retirement rates that surpass recruitment rates. Interprofessional education, along with other transversal or soft skills, is a necessary and important step in preparing the health workforce for these difficulties and challenges that are faced by both by newly qualified and establish practitioners. For policy makers the benefits of interprofessional education and collaborative practice can be seen in the evidence that implementation contributes to the transformation of health care, enhance patient care and thus control of costs.

Pre-Conference SAFEMEDIC Project

The SAFEMEDIC project aims to improve the workplace safety of healthcare professionals by increasing their skills and competences in dealing with difficult situations and runs from November 2018 to October 2020. The final conference of the project will be held as a pre-conference to the 3rd International Congress of Health Workforce Education and Research on Wednesday 2nd September 2020. To achieve the project aims the consortium will design and develop a complex multi-stakeholder, inter-disciplinary course for healthcare students, predominantly focused at paramedics and nurses. The didactic materials and project’s intellectual outputs will be presented during the pre-conference and presented in an interprofessional educaion format which is easily accessible to the rest of the health workforce. For more information on the project please click here.

Key Dates

Monday 3rd June 2019 - Call for Sessions, Panels and Workshops Opens

Monday 30th September 2019 - Call for Sessions, Panels and Workshops Deadline 

Monday 7th October 2019 - Call for Abstracts Opens

Monday 28th October 2019 - Notification of Acceptance or Rejection of Sessions, Panels and Workshops

Monday 6th January - Registration Opens 

Monday 3rd February 2020 - Call for Abstract Deadline

Monday 17th February 2020 - Notification of Acceptance or Rejection of Abstracts

Monday 2nd March 2020 - Early Bird Registration Deadline

Call for Sessions, Panels and Workshops

We would like to invite potential participants to submit proposals for Full Sessions, Panels and/or Workshops for the 3rd International Congress of Health Workforce Education and Research. These sessions can be on the conference theme of Interprofessional Education or any topic related to health workforce education. Sessions can be linked to large scale research projects (e.g. Horizon 2020, Erasmus+ etc) or a specific topic delivered by a group of professionals with similar or complementary research findings. The deadline for submissions is Monday 30th September 2019. For further details:

Call for Session, Panel and/or Workshop

Submission System