Oman part­ners with UK for cen­tre of ex­cel­lence

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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.

(Muscat Daily)

H E Dr Ahmed al Sa’eedi (right) and Prof God­dard sign the agree­ment

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