The work of the National Health Competence Council on knowledge bases

One of the tasks of the National Health Competence Council (Nationella vårdkompetensrådet) is to make available facts and knowledge bases and to make integrated assessments of the needs for the supply of skills.

The National Health Competence Council shall promote a knowledge-based supply of skills to the healthcare sector. Statistics, forecasts and flow charts can provide a common understanding of the process from starting education to professional life. The Council studies knowledge bases produced by authorities and other stakeholders; but it also produces its own facts bases, compilations, analyses and assessments based on existing knowledge and data.

Flow charts

In order to obtain an understanding of the nature of the flow through the education systems and the healthcare systems, the Council produces special flow charts for university-educated occupational groups (regulated professions).

The flow model can illustrate the through-flow for an occupational group as a whole as well as for different subgroups, such as by age, gender or with a background or previous education in Sweden or in another country, for example. The flow model can also illustrate the geographical mobility, such as whether people move in connection with studying or specialisation, for example.

Integrated assessments and analyses

The Council performs analyses and makes integrated assessments based on existing facts bases and the personal knowledge and experiences of the Council's members. Thanks to the composition of the Council, with representatives from academic institutions, regions, municipalities and responsible authorities, the assessments are made based on several different perspectives.

Short and long-term forecasts

Predicting the nature of future needs for staff in different occupational groups is difficult. At the same time, a lot of knowledge is available on which to base this work. The National Health Competence Council produces forecasts for both the short and long-term. Among other things, the Council examines the numbers expected to graduate from the various higher education programmes that lead to regulated professions in healthcare. This provides an important indication to the healthcare authorities about the availability of new staff.

Data from other stakeholders

The Council's assessments and analyses are based on various knowledge bases such as analyses, reports, statistics, forecasts and surveys. Some of the data are produced within the Council's activities, but the Council also uses knowledge bases from other authorities and organisations.

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