HealthcarePapers 9(2) May 2009 : 35-38.doi:10.12927/hcpap.2009.20778

A University Challenge: Responding to Continuing Professional Education and Development Needs

Sharon Mickan


Educational institutions have a pivotal role in identifying and responding to emerging health human resource needs. However, the educational context for pre-registration qualification is not the same as that required for continuing professional education. This short paper suggests that a structured framework similar to that proposed by Tzountzouris and Gilbert for strategic analysis be applied to encourage universities to be more responsive in their post-registration education of healthcare professionals. Further, it proposes that universities set a goal of becoming learning organizations and encourage staff to challenge their thinking and adaptability to meet the needs of employers.



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