Seminar Series

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CH&E Seminar Series 2022-2023

Date and time: Monday, January 23rd, 2023 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm (AST)

Topic: Operationalizing integrated needs-based workforce planning at Nova Scotia Health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Speaker: Dr. Adrian MacKenzie

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Bio: Adrian MacKenzie is Project Executive for Health Workforce Planning with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and the former Director of Research with Nova Scotia Health. In addition to his adjunct appointment in the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology, he is an Affiliate Scientist with both Nova Scotia Health and the Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit. Within the broader sphere of health services research, his main interest is health workforce planning. He has served on and co-chaired Federal/Provincial/Territorial advisory bodies on this topic and also worked as a consultant to regional health authorities, unions and professional associations, Canadian and foreign governments, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. MacKenzie is a Co-Investigator with the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research, an Associate Editor of the journal Human Resources for Health, a member of the Canadian Health Workforce Network, and serves on the Board of the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research and the Justice Emmett Hall Foundation. 

Synopsis: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has further demonstrated the critical dependence of health care systems on their respective health workforces, with mounting worldwide evidence of the tragic

consequences of inadequate workforce planning. To facilitate Nova Scotia Health’s response to the pandemic, a multidisciplinary workforce planning team with representation spanning Nova Scotia Health’s People Services, Performance Analytics, Medical Affairs, Research and Innovation, and Interprofessional Practice and Learning portfolios was created in 2020. The team blended two related and previously published analytical frameworks for health workforce planning, both of which focused on integrating health service and workforce planning and estimating service and workforce requirements as a function of measures of population health needs. Analyses applied during past waves of the pandemic will be presented to illustrate the application of this approach, which informed the identification of a multi-faceted set of interventions aimed at increasing the availability of individuals with these competencies. Lessons learned from the application of this approach to COVID-19 are continuing to inform its broader use for health workforce planning across Nova Scotia Health.