HEALTH PROMeTHEUS – PROfessional Mobility in The European Union Study

FP7-HEALTH_2007-B / 223383

01/01/2009 – 31/12/2011

About the project

As labour markets become more interconnected, both globally and within the EU, health workforce policies at national level and the movement of professionals between countries are increasingly under the spotlight. The scale of professional mobility, the range of occupational cadres involved, the numbers seeking work in other sectors, and the potential impact on health systems as professionals move are all causes for concern. Making decisions on how to respond is difficult, however, given gaps in data, lack of knowledge of factors that reduce or facilitate movement, and evidence gaps on the effects on services, staff and financial and health outcomes beyond the anecdotal evidence. HEALTH PROMeTHEUS, funded through the Seventh Framework Programme, contributes to this discussion by filling a substantial part of the knowledge gap on the magnitude and impact of health professionals moving to other countries.
The study sought to better understand existing patterns of professional mobility and the organizational, contextual and personal factors that push and pull health professionals across borders, to including the positive and negative impacts of mobility. The project also aimed to highlight feasible, effective policy interventions (national and international) and to identify effective managerial responses. In order to achieve these aims the study has included quantitative as well qualitative data analyses and research on trends and policies which aim to manage migration organizationally, nationally and internationally.

Role of HSMTC: Consortium Member

Consortium members:

  • European Health Management Association (EHMA) (consortium leader)
  • WHO Regional Office for Europe – European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
  • Semmelweis Egyetem (Hungary)
  • King’s College London (United Kingdom)
  • Kaunas University of Medicine (Lithuania)
  • Technische Universität Berlin (Germany)
  • National Institute for Health and Welfare (Finland)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom)
  • Veneto Region (Italy)
  • Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia (Slovenia)
  • University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)

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Outputs & outcome

Following project results were created with the active contribution of HSMTC’s colleagues:


HSMTC contact

Name: Edmond Girasek (senior lecturer)
Phone: +36 1 488 7623