Labour shortage and recruitment
An aging population, technological development and changing needs will increase the demand for health care. With current working practices and staffing, recruiting personnel will be one of the greatest challenges facing the health- and caring services. Large retirements and trained personnel leaving the caring sector create shortages of personnel; at the same time, inadequate numbers are undergoing training. Today the health and caring sector is already facing an acute manpower shortage. According to Statistics Sweden, by 2025 the Swedish health care sector will be missing 90,000 people with the right qualifications.
New technology can help to make better use of resources
There is a risk that the lack of personnel and innovation will further increase the cost of Swedish health care. However, with the right management and implementation, technological advances can create scope for new working practices, and possibly facilitate recruitment.
Focus of this research project will be on two key dimensions of the structural transformation facing the health care sector. First, how can the supply of skills be guaranteed? And secondly, how can the benefits of new technology come to use?