A1 - Human resources for health: Workforce mapping and transformation

Meeting room: Galenos

Rapporteur: Aylin Acar Sancar, Pharmacist, Marmara University Faculty of Pharmacy, Turkey

Target audience: Pharmacy education and academic pharmacy, Social and Administrative Pharmacy, Policy and regulation


Hrant Danagulyan, President, Pharmprogress NGO, Armenia and Kemal Husnu Can Baser, Senate, Near East University, Cyprus


There is no health care without a pharmacy workforce. As medicines experts, the pharmacy workforce plays a key role in improving health outcomes through responsible use of medicines and optimising effective choice and use. The continued development of pharmacy services and the pharmaceutical sciences relies on a well-educated, competent, sufficient and well distributed pharmaceutical workforce. Transforming the global pharmaceutical workforce requires a global vision with clear and consensus-based objectives consistent with global health strategies. The session will share FIP workforce development tools and frameworks for countries, showcase the results of the FIP Workforce Transformation Programme, and share country experiences from the region.


11.00 – 11.05     Introduction by chairs

11.05 – 11.25     Workforce development & transformation: FIP’s solutions for transformation the pharmacy workforce

Ian Bates, FIP Workforce Development Hub Director, United Kingdom

11:25 – 11:40    From primary health care to workforce development: The case of diabetes care in Switzerland

Astrid Czock, CEO, QualiCCare, Switzerland

11:40 – 11:55     Country spotlight: Lessons from Iceland on pharmacy workforce development

Lóa María Magnúsdóttir, CEO, Pharmaceutical Society of Iceland, Iceland

11.55 – 12.10     The unmet need: Pharmaceutical workforce planning for Turkey

Bulent Kiran, Faculty Member, Ege University Faculty of Pharmacy, Turkey

12.10 – 12.30     Moderated discussion with speakers and audience

12.30 – 14.00     Networking lunch

Learning Objectives

Learning objectives:

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the importance of investing in pharmacy workforce development & transformation.
  2. Outline the FIP workforce development tools, frameworks and programmes.
  3. Describe how the FIP Workforce Transformation Programme can support nations to develop their workforce.
  4. Identify shared challenges and opportunities across the region.