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Prof James Buchan Senior Fellow

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Jim Buchan, Senior Visitng Fellow

Jim joined the Health Foundation in 2017 as a Senior Visiting Fellow, becoming Senior Fellow in 2023.

Jim has worked extensively as a policymaker, policy analyst, and consultant on health workforce and health systems issues in Europe, Asia and the Pacific. At the Health Foundation, he contributes to the policy analysis work on the health workforce.

His background includes periods as National Senior Manager in the National Health Service in Scotland, Senior Policy Analyst at the Royal College of Nursing, Specialist Adviser to the federal government agency Health Workforce Australia, and Senior Adviser (Human Resources for Health) for the European Region of the World Health Organization (WHO). He is currently affiliated with the WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning at the Universidad Nuovo, Lisbon, Portugal, and the WHO Collaborating Centre at University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia.

Jim continues to work on a range of health workforce policy projects in Europe and Asia for organisations such as WHO and the World Bank.  

He is a member of the national Workforce Planning Group, Scottish Government, and is Editor in Chief of the Human Resources for Health journal. 

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