W4H 2030 Seminar 4: International Migration of Healthcare Workers: A Feature of Global Health and Care

Health workforce migration is increasing against a backdrop of a projected global shortfall of 10 million health and care workers needed to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Health Coverage targets. Latest estimates are that 1 in 6 doctors in OECD countries are foreign born or trained. The impact of the COVID pandemic has accelerated this trend.

Migration is also driven by a mismatch between workforce supply and demand exacerbated by some countries’ reliance on international recruitment to fill domestic workforce gaps. Data shows that a handful of countries with high income per capita are responsible for the majority of this international recruitment. Within countries, there can also be inequitable distribution of health and care workers between underserved and rural settings, and in the divide between public and private sectors. This can result
in a lack of access for patients.

This seminar will explore: ​

– How international health worker recruitment and migration can be managed ethically and sustainably

– How policymakers and leaders can leverage the benefits of international and internal workforce mobility and migration

Dr Navina Evans, CBE, Our Chair

Navina is now the new Chief Workforce, Training and Education Officer at NHS England, leading the Workforce, Training and Education (WT&E) Directorate. This follows NHS England taking on responsibility for all activities previously undertaken by HEE. This includes health workforce planning, recruitment, education, and training  to ensure that the healthcare workforce has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours in place to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to patients and the public. ​

Navina has over twenty years’ experience in Clinical psychiatry and management. ​

Prof Padam Simkhada

Prof Padam Simkhada is an Associate Dean International and Professor of Global Health at the University of Huddersfield, UK. Prof Simkhada is an active researcher and has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, including over 30 papers focused specifically on migration and health topics. His profound interest lies in exploring the health dynamics of Nepali migrants employed in Gulf Countries and Malaysia.

Dr Maggie Ravhengani

Dr. Maggie Ravhengani is a senior manager at the National Department of Health, South Africa, with more than 30 years’ of experience both in academic and public health sector.  She holds a PhD in Public Health Medicine, Master of Public Health and a Bachelor’s Degree in Oral Hygiene. Her expertise includes health policy development, implementation and analysis; her current duties include drafting of regulations relating human resources. She is also a Board member of the Radiography and Clinical Technology at the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

Dr Agya Mahat

Dr Agya Mahat is a technical officer with the World Health Organization’s Health Workforce Department, where she manages the portfolios on regulation and international migration of health workers. She led the development of the WHO guidance on bilateral agreements on health worker migration and mobility. Dr Mahat holds a bachelors in dental surgery and a masters in public health

Howard Catton

Howard was appointed Chief Executive Officer of International Council of Nursing (ICN) in February 2019. He is committed to ensuring that ICN effectively represents nursing worldwide. He joined ICN in April 2016 as Director of Nursing, Policy and Programmes. Previously,  he was Head of Policy & International Affairs at the Royal College of Nursing in the UK, working with many different stakeholders on nursing and health policy in the UK and overseas. Howard qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1988 and worked in England, the USA and New Zealand. He studied Social Policy at Cardiff University and Industrial Relations at Warwick University.

Prof Ged Byrne

Ged is a surgical oncologist and director of the Global Health Unit at NHS England. He is responsible for the enhancement of the NHS workforce through engagement with countries within and outside the EEA. He has a long-standing interest in global healthcare capacity building and education, leading the development of the GuluMan healthcare link and is the founder director of the Uganda-UK
Healthcare Alliance. He passionately believes that education must be globalised for all NHS staff if they are to offer a fit for purpose role in the future of healthcare in the UK. He was awarded an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours in 2019 for global and medical education.

For more information email england.tcc@nhs.net