Strategy to counter staff shortage among health professions

The workforce shortage of health care professions presents one of the most important challenges in providing good quality in health care for the Swiss population. Initiatives which promote the optimal utilization of human resources are in demand.

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A cooperation between the various Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences in Health will meet these challenges under the lead of the Berne University of Applied Sciences. Different sub projects will develop measures and basic knowledge. Out of this, a competence center for workforce in health care professions will be established. This project will be funded from the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) with 3 million Swiss francs. The cooperation of the Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences in Health is equally engaged in the financing of a further 3 million Swiss francs.

The aim of the project is to elaborate and reduce the workforce shortage among health professionals. The activities focus on gaining knowledge and implementing evidence to improve the competence of health care professionals.