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15th Conference, London and Cambridge 2015

May 12-15, 2015

International Health Workforce Collaborative LogoThis series of International Health Workforce Collaborative (IHWC) conferences brings together policy makers, academics, researchers and practitioners from the United States, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom with responsibility for and interests in medical workforce issues. It includes approximately 20 delegates from each of these countries and guests from several other countries and organizations. Delegates include governmental and non-governmental policy makers, economists, researchers, medical educators, health service clinicians and managers.

Participation in this conference is by invitation only.

The 15th International Health Workforce Collaborative conference will be held in London and Cambridge, UK. It will be taking place from Tuesday 12 May until Friday 15 May, the conference will open with a full day Technical Skills Workshop.

The conference, which will be hosted by Health Education England, will provide delegates with a unique opportunity to discuss key global/local health workforce issues facing our respective countries. It will also provide opportunities for networking and collaboration and time to explore the four key themes of the conference, outlined below, with senior workforce leads joining us to walk through the topics and much more besides.

2015 IHWC Conference Themes:

Conference Program

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Plenary Sessions




  • Causes, Consequences and Responses to Health Worker Migration from South Africa, India, Jamaica and the PhilippinesI. L. Bourgeault, R. Labonte, G. Tomblin Murphy
  • Aligning Optimal Scopes of Practice & Innovative Models of Care to Help Transform Health Care SystemsI. L. Bourgeault, S. Nelson, J. Turnbull
  • Trends among specialist physician unemployment in Canada: gaining understanding of this new phenomenonD. Fréchette, C. Jacob
  • Trends in Family Medicine Postgraduate Training G. Moineau
  • Moving from Barriers to Facilitators: Funding and Remuneration Models to Optimize Health Professional Scopes of PracticeG. Mulvale, I. Bourgeault
  • Competency Development to Meet Rural and Remote Mental Health Needs: A Case Study of Child and Youth Mental Health Policy in Yukon, CanadaG. Mulvale, S. Kutcher, M. Fast, J. Winkup, G. Randall, P. Wakefield, C. Longo, J. Abelson
  • The Challenges of Planning Health Workforce Needs in Environments of Invisible PolicyK. Lawford
  • Producing a Fit for Purpose Primary Care Health Workforce: Canada's Northern Ontario School of MedicineR. P. Strasser

United Kingdom

  • HEE's 15 Year Strategic FrameworkN. Skinner
  • Clinically Enhanced "Fast Track" Non-Medical Prescribing for Pharmacists — 2014-15 PilotE. Hughes, M. Aiello
  • Post-CCT GP Fellowship in Urgent and Acute CareE. Hughes, M. Aiello
  • A systematic evaluation of SCRIPT (Standard Computerised Revalidation Instrument for Prescribing and Therapeutics) eLearning: from theory to practiceH. Brooks, S. Thomas, J. Hodson, N. Blackwell, E. Hughes, J. Marriott, J. Coleman, D. Smith
  • Developing Community Education Provider Networks in South LondonA. Siotis, B. Kiely
  • Devolution and Nursing Workforce Policy and Planning in the Four Countries of the United KingdomP. Milne
  • Collaboration for General Practice Nursing – a Workforce SolutionC. Hollinshead
  • Future Directors' Programme: A single National Programme for those who aspire to director-level roles in the provision of public servicesJ. A. Curson
  • Impact by design: The role of the Occupational English Test in ensuring fitness to practice in the healthcare workplaceI. Vidakovic
  • Ensuring that the care of older people is of the highest standard and is delivered by skilled and caring nursesL. Bayliss-Pratt
  • Talent for Care C. Curry
  • Safe Transition for Internationally Educated Health Professionals: A framework and resources to support Internationally Educated Health Professionals (IEHPs) and their educators, supervisors, trainers and mentors C. Caldwell
  • The positive impact and potential of an inter-professional stroke education programmeS. Munshi, H. Rowley
  • Growing a sustainable nursing workforce through tapping into existing talentC. Caldwell

United States

  • Swimming Upstream: A Workforce Model that Does Not Project a Physician Shortage in the United StatesE. P. Fraher, A. Knapton
  • Physician Assistants (PAs) Meet Health Care Needs Across the SpectrumD. M. Morton-Rias
  • Trends in Employment of the U.S. Licensed Practical Nurse Workforce from 2008 to 2013J. Coffman, T. Bates, K. Chan, J. Spetz
  • Specialty choice among US physician assistants: Distribution, salaries, and comparison to physiciansP. Morgan, C. Everett, K. Humeniuk, V. Valentin
  • The American Physician Assistant: A Profile — R. Hooker
  • Determinants of Entry and Exit of Workers in Long-Term CareB. Frogner, J. Spetz
  • Reasons for Patient Preferences of Primary Care Provider TypeC. Everett, M. Gradison, P. Morgan, K. Humeniuk, M. Dill, J. Strand de Oliveira
  • Levels of Supervision Among Practicing Physician AssistantsR. Hooker
  • Expanding the Oral Health Workforce: Tracking the Diffusion of a New Interprofessional Oral Health Curriculum Across the Health ProfessionsA. Glicken
  • Expanding the Oral Health Workforce: Integration of Oral Health Curriculum in Physician Assistant (PA) EducationM. H. Langelier, A. Glicken, S. Surdu
  • What Predicts Attitudes Toward New Workforce Models Among Underrepresented Minority Dentists?E. Mertz, C. Wides, P. Gates
  • Rural-Urban Differences in the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Workforce: Implications for Recruitment and RetentionS. M. Skillman
  • Public health factors not associated with physician assistant and nurse practitioner U.S. scope of practice lawsC. Everett, K. Humeniuk, P. Morgan


Delegate Pass:

£450 per delegate (this includes venue hire and all food and refreshments throughout conference hours).

Hotel Accommodation:

  • London: Melia Hotel – single £195 per night and double £205 per night: Melia White House, Albany Street, Regents Park, NW1 3UP, London United Kingdom.
  • Cambridge: Cambridge City Hotel – Superior single £245 per night, superior double £285 per night, executive single £255 per night and executive double £295 per night: Cambridge City Hotel, Cambridge City Hotel, Downing St, Cambridge CB2 3DT, United Kingdom.

For more travel information about London and Cambridge, please click here.

Transportation – £30 per person

We have arranged coaches to collect delegates from the Melia hotel in London on the morning of Thursday 14 May at 08:30 GMT, to travel onto the Cambridge venue. Coaches will collect delegates again on Friday 14 May at 16:00 and return to the Victoria Coach Station, central London.

Entertainment Options:

  • Welcome BBQ – £70 per person
    The welcome BBQ at the Royal College of Physicians venue will start at 7pm until late, there will be welcome refreshments on arrival followed by a range of delicious food hot from the BBQ.

  • Competitive Sightseeing in Cambridge – £20 per person
    A unique way to see the sights of Cambridge. You will work in teams to follow clues and find your way around one of the UK’s picturesque cities, learning about its history. Following the treasure hunt there are prizes to be won during a grand finale quiz held at the conference dinner venue, The Long Barn and Childerley Hall, a short distance away from the conference hotel, transport will be provided.

  • Conference Dinner – £75 per person
    The main conference dinner will be held at The Long Barn and Childerley Hall. The venue is a short distance away from the conference hotel. The evening will include welcome refreshments, the Competitive Sightseeing grand finale quiz and prize giving, followed by a three course dinner accompanied by the nights entertainment.

  • Afternoon Tea – £15 per person
    On the final day, we have on offer a traditional English afternoon tea. You will enjoy a range of classic English sandwiches, cakes and scones with a selection of teas and coffees.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Health Education England by emailing: HEE.IHWC2015@nhs.net