HR, Culture and Training


EU proposes standalone health budget

The European Commission has proposed a five-year €9.4bn health budget that will be used to train workforces and support digital innovation. How might the private sector benefit?

Spain and Israel’s GPs among worst paid in OECD

Spain and Israel's General Practitioners (GPs) rank among the worst paid in the OECD when accounting for purchasing power. HBI looks at a new healthcare salary index to compare pay across the world.

How to mitigate the Filipino nurse lockdown

Over the past month, the Phillippines has made moves to prevent its nurses from leaving to join foreign workforces. Healthcare workforce expert Kate Tulenko says this sets a precedent for future and perhaps permanent blockades. HBI reveals her advice on how to mitigate the risk.

Special report: How to meet the workforce challenge

With a global workforce shortage estimated by the WHO to reach 18 million by 2030, workforce has never been more top of mind for health care service operators be they hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient networks, diagnostic labs/imaging or homecare players. And COVID-19 will have a further enormous impact.

Bupa letting go of M&A and Integration Team members

HBI hears that global healthcare insurer and operator Bupa is letting go of a significant number of its dentistry-focussed M&A and integration team. The decision follows huge write-offs in 2019 in its UK dentistry business and Australian care homes.

Interview: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, claims to be the largest rehabilitation hospital in the USA, and works with groups from Bulgaria to UAE. HBI talk to Kelly Cox Watkins, Vice President, Market Development and Barry Fleischer, Executive Director, Advisory Services, about how to build a successful rehabilitation service, their groups' focus on patient ability, not adapting to disability and what that means in practice, and about its advisory work.

HC-One CEO stands down

The CEO of UK care home group HC-One has stepped down after three years in the job, and is returning to the United States. We speak to an operator source about the departure.

Filling an empty shift at short notice: disrupting agencies

Temporary agencies are expensive. Hiring a doctor through one in the UK can cost the NHS around €170 per shift and in Germany, the bill for a nurse comes in at anywhere between €70-€140. A handful of start-ups across Europe are deploying solutions to disrupt agencies and breakdown workforce silos. HBI looks at three - in the UK, France and Germany - to assess how the market is changing.

Interview: Stefan Klussmann, co-founder of Planerio

Poor scheduling, especially in DRG funded models, can be financially devastating if it leads to closed facilities and wasted patient appointments. What solutions are available to the market? HBI speaks to the founder of one automated scheduling solution, Planerio, about keeping MRIs running through M&A, complying with the law and Germany's workforce shortage.

Visualising the crisis in homecare staff

The ratio between nurses and personal carers and populations over 65 tells you a lot about a country's ability to provide adequate homecare. Here we track the number for eight OECD countries. Overall the ratio has dropped.

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