The number of people requiring care for serious illness is expected to rise significantly over the next several decades as a result of the aging of the population, and the associated increase in the number of people living with multiple complex chronic health conditions. The current workforce, however, is not adequately prepared to meet the rapidly growing demand for services.
On November 7, 2019, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness will host a public workshop, Building the Workforce We Need to Care for People with Serious Illness. The workshop will examine the workforce to care for people with serious illness, including physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, community-based workers, and home health care workers. Workshop speakers will explore challenges and opportunities related to educating, training, and retaining the serious illness care workforce. The workshop will also focus on preparing and deploying interprofessional teams to care for people of all ages and all stages of serious illness.
The workshop will open with an overview of the current and projected state of the workforce for care of people with serious illness. The workshop will then unfold over four sessions. The first session will focus on the development of specialists, including mid-career, graduate, and fellowship certificate and certification programs. Preparing all health care professionals to care for people with serious illness will be examined in the second session. The third session will examine challenges and opportunities facing the community-based and home health care workforce. The last session will focus on ways to maximize the contributions of interprofessional team members, showcasing examples of workforce models in the care of people with serious illness. The speakers will discuss the reproducibility and scalability of innovative care models, specific considerations in the care of special populations and long-term care settings, and overcoming compassion fatigue and promoting resilience and retention.
Planning Committee Members
Brynn Bowman (co-chair), Center to Advance Palliative Care
Brenda Nevidjon (co-chair), Oncology Nursing Society
Jennifer Ballentine, California State University Institute for Palliative Care
Robert Bergamini, Mercy Clinic Children’s Cancer and Hematology, Representing the Supportive Care Coalition
Grace Campbell, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Representing the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Clese Erikson, George Washington University
Denise Hess, Supportive Care Coalition, Representing the Association of Professional Chaplains
Amy Melnick, National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care
Jeri Miller, National Institute of Nursing Research
Miguel Paniagua, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Representing the National Board of Medical Examiners
Philip Pizzo, Stanford University School of Medicine
JoAnne Reifsynder, Genesis Healthcare, Representing the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
Joe Rotella, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine