Outcomes Report of Workshop on Task Shifting

The Joint DJS, LAD, EJD Workshop on Task Shifting 2015 on saturday 17th january 2015, discussed on task shifting and its implications on training opportunities for junior doctors.

Main reasons for task shifting are shortage of qualified professionals, and cost reduction.
Due to the changing demographics, mainly an increase in the ageing population, there is a Europewide shortage of healthcare professionals. Not only doctors, but other professionals too. While traditional ways to attract people into the job (higher salaries, work-life balance etc.) could work in the short term, but in the long term a paradigm change is needed.
Task shifting can be useful to reduce the workload on more senior members of staff. However, care should be taken that tasks are shifted to persons who are qualified, and experienced enough. If this is not done, there is a risk of complications which would cause an even bigger workload for the medical staff.