Call for submissions
13-17 November 2017 – Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, Ireland
The Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health
invites proposals for the programme from a range of actors: policy makers, planners, civil society, practitioners, academia and researchers across sectors (health, labour, education and finance). All submissions should aim to present cutting edge developments, evidence, practice or policy across sectors. Debates, panels and roundtable discussions should also emphasize audience participation and reflection; include youth participation, and emphasize gender balance and geographical representation.
The call for submissions has two possible options:
(a) Technical (policy and practice).
(b) Scientific (research and innovations).
Within these two options, submission can be presented either for the organization of a complete track session (organized session) or as an abstract for an oral, poster and video presentation.
Submission deadline June 26th 2017
Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent by July 31st, 2017
The submission must relate to one of the 4 subthemes of the Forum:
- Aligning education and utilization of skills to optimize workforce performance
- Policies and planning for labour market transformation and employment for health
- Decent work, rights and responsibilities
- Moving forward: improving governance for effective implementation of the Global Strategy on HRH
June 26th 2017
The organized sessions, selected based on a call for submission process, are built around 4 subthemes:
Call for submissions towards the organized sessions are now open.
Aligning education and utilization of skills to optimize workforce performance
Subtheme 1 focuses on optimizing workforce performance to meet population health needs through scaling-up high quality education and life-long learning, ensuring a proper skill mix of health workers and distribution (geographical, among sectors and across levels of the health system) to match population health needs, and enabling them to work to their full potential. It is about planning and ensuring the right skills for the right jobs in the right places.
Submissions are expected to cover (but are not limited to): transformative education, technical and vocational education and training (TVET); continuing education and skills maintenance and anticipation;
workforce competencies, skills mix, behaviour and scopes of practice, including competencies for and implications of specific thematic priorities (International Health Regulations; antimicrobial resistance; RMNCAH; HIV/ AIDS; other infectious diseases; NCDs; diversity, gender and respectful care training; immunization programmes); emerging professions and alternative cadres of workforce groups particularly in low-income settings; social accountability, recruitment and retention in underserved areas and sectors of activity (e.g. mental health, public health, geriatrics, global surgery); expansion of the private education market, role and responsibilities of the private sector in workforce education and accreditation mechanisms, the use of innovative delivery models and technologies among others.
Policies and planning for labour market transformation and employment for health
Subtheme 2 focuses on evidence-informed policies and reforms to address labour market challenges as well as actions to stimulate investments in creating employment opportunities that respond to the current and future needs of the population to achieve UHC, health security and the SDGs.
Submissions are expected to cover (but are not limited to): health labour market analysis, matching health workforce supply to population needs, health workforce planning and implementation, forecasting and modelling, workforce performance and productivity, dual practice, social and economic benefits of health employment, migration and labour mobility, demographic and epidemiological changes including the ageing workforce, and innovative ways of meeting increasing demand for the health workforce.
Decent work, rights and responsibilities
Subtheme 3 covers policies, actions and investments to ensure decent work for all jobs across the health economy. Decent work involves opportunities for work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organize and participate in the decisions that affect their working lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men.
Submissions are expected to cover (but are not limited to): productive employment, creating attractive health sector jobs particularly for women and youth, rights at work, social protection and social dialogue, employment relations, working conditions including remuneration, incentives, job security, occupational health and safety, protection of health workers from violence and attacks, labour relations, effective recognition and application of labour rights and enabling and supportive human resource management practices.
Sub-theme 4 :
Moving forward: improving governance for effective implementation of the Global Strategy on HRH
Subtheme 4 addresses governance actions (at global, regional, national and local levels), that are needed for the development and transformation of health systems and the workforce to progress towards UHC and SDGs.
Submissions are expected to cover (but are not limited to): The implementation of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel, national HRH governance structures; recruitment, training and retention strategies; the development, negotiation and review of workforce strategies including inter-sectoral policy dialogue and social dialogue, voice and accountability, decision-making processes, laws and regulations, institutions and institutional reforms, health professions councils; engagement with the private sector, information and intelligence for decision-making and local governance issues.
Panel discussion (with presentations): Total time: 1.5 hours . Between three and five presenters; a panel discussion is meant to examine a specific topic from the different points of view or experiences of the presenters. Presentations should not exceed 10 minutes. A 20-30 minute question and answer and discussion period is recommended to allow for audience participation.
Debates or roundtable discussions (with no presentations): Total time: 1.5 hours. Between three and five presenters and a skilled moderator to facilitate discussions among panelists around specific thematic area. It is advised that panelists prepare for their participation in the roundtables in terms of the themes and key issues that will be discussed; and the professional and country experiences they can draw upon for these discussions. A 20-30 minute question and answer and discussion period is recommended to allow audience participation.
Oral presentations : One presenter, with or without co-authors; 15 minutes: 10 minutes presentation, 5 minutes for questions.
Poster presentations: One presenter, with or without co-authors; dimensions: 1m x 1m (~ 3.5 ft x 3.5 ft)
Video Documentaries: Cannot exceed 30 minutes; Colour or black/white; permissions needed, as appropriate. Video documentaries are meant to provide an in-depth examination of a specific health topic related to the themes.
Submissions need to relate to one of the 4 subthemes of the Forum (select only one):
· Aligning education and utilization of skills to optimize workforce performance
· Policies and planning for labour market transformation and employment for health
· Decent work, rights and responsibilities
· Moving forward: improving governance for effective implementation of the Global Strategy on HRH
Submissions need to relate to one or more of the six cross-cutting streams (select all relevant ones):
· Information and data
· Institutions, regulation and management
· Intersectoral action
· Investments and financing
· Role of private sector and public-private partnerships
· Emergencies and fragile systems
The submission needs to indicate the context driver(s) to which it links (select relevant ones – if any):
· Demographic, demographic and cultural trends
· Economic and financial trend
· Political and social trends
· Global, regional, national and local governance trends
· Education models trends
· Care delivery trends
· Technological (digitalization & automation) trends
All abstracts must follow the guidelines outlined below:
· Submissions may be in English or French.
· Submissions must be submitted online.
· Submissions for an organized session should not exceed 500 words
· Submissions for orals and posters should not exceed 300 words
· Submission titles should not exceed 150 characters (including spaces) and should not be all caps.
· While you may indicate an oral presentation, note that you may be offered a poster or be considered within an organized session
Panel discussions, debates or roundtable discussions: Submissions should not exceed 500 words:
· Background: explain the topic to be addressed, need and rationale for the session.
· Learning objectives and intended participants: outline who the intended participants are and what they can expect to learn through this session.
· Focus: indicate the issues to be discussed and key discussion points covered by the panel speakers, outline the link and the logic between the panel topics.
· Main messages: summarize the value added and intended impact of your proposed session in 2-3 brief key messages.
· Include an indicative list of speakers
· Include a statement on how the submission addresses gender, equity and diversity.
Individual abstract for oral and posters:
· Abstracts for oral and poster presentations should be structured as follows in under 300 words:
· Topic/issue/problem: describe the topic/ issue/problem including the need and rationale it addresses.
· Objectives and Methods – describe objectives, methods and significance of the topic in relation to the selected subtheme.
· Results and findings – present the results (effects/changes) and findings , ensuring the questions asked are adequately addressed.· Statements such as ‘Results will be presented at the conference’ will not be accepted. If appropriate, state that the results are preliminary.
· Lessons to date: State only those lessons that are directly supported by the project results or presented case. Highlight the importance of the lessons learnt for other settings/countries.
· Main messages: summarize the value added and intended impact of your proposed oral or poster presentation in 2-3 brief key messages.
· Include a statement on how the submission addresses gender, equity and diversity.
Submissions for Videos should be structured as follows in under 500 words:
- Background: Please explain the reasons and rationale for the video/documentary
- Learning objectives: Please outline what the participants can expect to learn through the video/documentary
- Expected topics: Indicate the expected topics and discussion points covered by the video.
- Main messages: Please summarise the impact of your proposed video in short key messages.
Panel discussions, debates or roundtable discussions:
- Relevance to the overall forum theme and sub-themes
- Cutting edge developments, evidence, practice or policy across sectors
- Value and clarity of the learning objectives
- Coherence of presentations or discussion points in relation to panel objectives
- Level of interactivity and use of innovative methods for interaction
- Diversity of the speakers (gender balance, geographical representation, youth participation and sectorial diversity).
Orals and posters:
- Demonstrated relevance to the overall theme and sub-themes
- Clear and relevant learning objectives/ issues addressed
- Clearly articulated methods / description of the intervention, project, partnership, programme or health service
- Clearly described results or findings or lessons learned (supported by data)
- Relevance of lessons learned to policy, practice and other countries/settings
- Relevance to the overall theme and sub-themes
- Value and clarity of the main messages
- Quality of the video
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