Oman partners with UK for centre of excellence
The Ministry of Health (MoH) on Sunday entered into a partnership with the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in the UK to develop a centre of excellence.
The RCP Centre of Excellence will support the multi professional workforce in Oman through delivery of system-wide and focussed education standards and professional support.
This agreement was signed in the Ministry of Health premises, between Prof Andrew Goddard, president of the 500 year old Royal College of Physicians and H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health.
H E Dr Sa’eedi said, “It is the first centre worldwide, outside the United Kingdom and the first in Oman. And this is a milestone for us in healthcare. Many of Omani doctors are members and fellows of the two or three royal colleges of the UK. We have a lot of partnership in many areas with the UK. This agreement shows how good the relation is between the Sultanate of Oman and the UK.”
Prof Andrew Goddard said, “The Royal College of Physicians is 501 and half-a-year-old now. We were set up for patient care and we have been doing that for over 500 years.”
Detailing about the projects that will be delivered as per the agreement, Prof Goddard said, “Tailored continuing professional development events that focus on the training needs of groups of staff, region-wide teaching meetings to foster learning , peer support and improve the wellbeing of the healthcare force, support to develop clinical examination skills in both medical students, through collaborative working with universities and in post graduate trainees through practical assessment of clinical examination skills teaching and examination, quality improvement programmes to maximise patient safety and quality of care, leadership development to support the current and future generations of clinical leaders.”
The RCP Centre of Excellence marks a long term commitment to the clinical community in Oman and the surrounding region and will be used to develop capacity in the coming years.
H E Dr Sa’eedi also revealed that three hospitals are coming up in different wilayats of the sultanate.
The first being the Sultan Qaboos Hospital in Salalah, with a capacity of more than 700 beds, Suwaiq Hospital with a capacity of 320 beds, and a hospital in Khasab with a capacity of 150 beds. While the hospitals in Suwaiq and Khasab will be commissioned in 24 months, Salalah will take more than three years.
H E Dr Ahmed al Sa’eedi (right) and Prof Goddard sign the agreement