A team from Medical University - Varna presented for discussion groups of recommendations developed by the partners within the project Joint Action for Planning and Forecasting of Human Resources in Health Care, funded under the Health Programme of the European Commission. This transpired at the Second General Assembly of the project, held on 23-24 March 2015, at the Ministry of Health in Madrid, Spain. The Assembly was attended by representatives of all member states of the European Union, international professional organizations of doctors, dentists, health care professionals, pharmacists, as well as the teams of the project partners Belgium, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Finland, Malta, Hungary, Italy, England and Bulgaria.
The recommendations presented by the team of MU-Varna, headed by the Vice-Rector Prof. Todorka Kostadinova, were focused on two areas: technical ones and recommendations related to the formation of human resource policies in health care. The study is part of the tasks related to the presentation of the sustainability of the results and the creation of a network of experts on Work Package 7 Sustainability, with which our country, in the face of MU-Varna, is in charge. The rest of the team members are the Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Assoc. Prof. Emanuela Mutafova, PhD, Prof. Stefka Koeva, D.Sc., Ch. Assist. Prof. Maria Rohova, PhD, Slava Penova, Nikolina Radeva and Rostislava Dimitrova from MU-Varna, Prof. Plamen Dimitrov, PhD, Assoc. Prof. Natashka Danova, PhD and Milena Vladimirova, PhD from the National Centre for Public Health and Analyses - Sofia.
The participants at the forum agreed on the need for cooperation between the governments in Europe, the exchange of good practices, the establishment of a network of experts and training in the field of planning and forecasting of human resources in health care.
The meeting in Madrid is the second forum of the Joint Action project. In February 2016, Medical University - Varna will host the closing conference of the project, with a main topic "Mobility of Health Professionals". The final results, successful practices and tools for future action and possible investments of the governments of EU Member States in the planning of human resources in health care are to be presented at the conference. The main idea is health professionals to be considered a part of the labour market in the European Union. Successful practices will enable the development of a national system for planning and forecasting of human resources in Bulgarian health care.