Call for Abstracts: Dublin 2019

Call for Abstracts - Dublin 2019

The 2nd European Conference of Health Workforce Education & Research is inviting abstract submissions which engage with one or more topics relating to ‘Interprofessional Education’ or the conference sub-themes. 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 Saturday 15th September 2018 and should use the following form to submit their proposals: http://inhwe.org/abstract-submission

Conference 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. 

The European Conference of Health Workforce Education & Research allows participants to discuss the diverse possibilities and challenges of “Interprofessional Education” with international colleagues. The Conference would welcome presentations adopting local, national and/or international perspectives on: 

  • 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.

Conference Sub-Themes 

  • Communication & Inter-Personal Skills 
  • Intergenerational Training 
  • Team Working 
  • Management and Leadership 
  • Planning and Organisation 
  • Problem Solving 
  • Intercultural Education 
  • Research Training

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 interprofessional education and training are also welcome.

Deadline: The Call for Abstracts will open on 1st July 2018 and close on Saturday 15th September 2018