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Workload Indicators for Staffing Need

WISN logoThe Health Workforce department within World Health Organisation (WHO) is seeking submissions for the Human Resources for Health supplement issue 'Workload Indicators for Staffing Need (WISN) methodology for health workforce planning and estimation'. This supplement seeks to expand the evidence base on implementation experiences of the Workload Indicators for Staffing Need (WISN) studies carried out in varying settings and the use of the WISN results to aid health workforce planning.
Please see the Supplement page for details on how to submit as this is via a separate system. Full manuscripts should be submitted by 1 December 2020. 

Accreditation of education and regulation of practice

New Content ItemWell-functioning regulatory mechanisms, such registration, licensing and certification bodies, and accreditation processes can strengthen the quality and performance of the health workforce, especially in a context of increasing international mobility of health workers. In response to this, we are delighted to invite submissions to a new thematic series on Health workforce: Accreditation of education and regulation of practice.
For more details, including how to obtain sponsorship for the APCs, please visit the series page.

Optimizing the contributions of the nursing and midwifery workforces

In reFilippino nurse with pregnant woman (Flickr, timefornurses)cognition that 2020 is the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we are delighted to announce that a new thematic series on 'Research to support evidence-informed decisions on optimizing the contributions of nursing and midwifery workforces' is now open for submissions.  We are calling for submissions focusing on research and analysis that contributes to improved policy, planning and implementation related to nursing and midwifery, and that provides new evidence on the impact on health systems and outcomes. For more details please visit the series pageThis series closes to new submissions on 1 February 2021.

COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.



James Buchan, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Responding to the nurse and midwife demographic shift in Ghana

Ghana Flag (Wikimedia Commons)Ghana has successfully addressed the shortage of nurses and midwives, resulting in a drastic generational transition in age of this workforce. This commentary considers the consequences for the quality of nursing care, and the educational advancement needs. Read more...

Health Workforce Resilience Prize

HRH2030 has announced the HRH2030 Health Worker Resilience Prize which will consist of $50,000 in prize money to up to three winners from low-or-middle-income countries that have designed or developed a tool, method, or approach to improve or enhance health worker resiliency. (This prize is entirely independent of the journal and publisher.) More details can be found here.

Aims and scope

Human Resources for Health welcomes manuscripts on all aspects of the planning, education, management and governance of human resources for health – particularly those of international relevance and global reach.

Strengthening nursing and midwifery

Nurse tending to baby (Salim Fadhley via Wikimedia)A survey of 35 countries consider whether the Global Strategic Directions for Strengthening Nursing and Midwifery 2016–2020 being implemented.

Activities of physician assistants and nurse practitioners

Flag of the NetherlandsWhat are the tasks and responsibilities that are being shifted from Medical Doctors  to physician assistants and nurse practitioners in Dutch hospitals? Read more...

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Editor's profile

James Buchan, Editor-in-Chief

Prof. Buchan has specialized in health workforce policy and analysis throughout his career. His background includes periods as a senior Human Resources manager in the National Health Service in Scotland; senior policy analyst at the Royal College of Nursing, (RCN), UK; and as a specialist adviser to Health Workforce Australia, a federal government agency. More recently he has completed a contract as Senior Adviser- Human Resources for Health, WHO European Region.

He continues to work extensively as a policy researcher and consultant on HRH issues in Europe, Asia and the Pacific. Prof. Buchan has academic appointments in Europe and as Adjunct Professor at University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He is also a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Health Foundation, UK.

Optimizing gender equity in health workforce policy and planning

Gender equity logo by Mutxamel from Wikimedia CommonsIn this thematic series, Human Resources for Health presents a collection of articles on research to support evidence-informed decisions on optimizing gender equity in health workforce policy and planning.  The collection includes original quantitative and qualitative research, reviews, and expert commentary articles, all concerning the monitoring, evaluation and accountability of human resources for health policy options through a gender equity lens.

For published articles please visit the series page here.

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