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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. Manuscripts should be submitted by 1 May 2021.

Optimizing the contributions of the nursing and midwifery workforces

In reFilippino nurse with pregnant woman (Flickr, timefornurses)cognition that 2020 was the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we launched a new thematic series on 'Research to support evidence-informed decisions on optimizing the contributions of nursing and midwifery workforces'.  The collection focuses 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. 

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

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.

Projections of psychiatrists’ distribution for patients in Japan: a utilization-based approach

New Content ItemThis study is the first report on the projection of psychiatrists’ distribution for patients with mental illness in Japan.

The need for increased investment in the Indian health workforce

New Content Itemrecent study explains why India is facing a concerning shortage of workers in the health sector and identifies the need for up-scaling investment in several areas.  You can read more about it in a blog by the first author.

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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.

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. 

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