Skill Development in Healthcare – Need of the Hour

Dr Rajay NarainDirector, Global Health Alliance (GHA) & Cardiologist St. Georges University Hospital London

Dr Rajay Narain
Director, Global Health Alliance (GHA) & Cardiologist St. Georges University Hospital London

Global Health Alliance plans to skill and up-skill the healthcare professionals in India

A study conducted by Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) indicates present requirement of Allied Healthcare Professionals (AHP) in the country to nearly 65 lakh as against the supply of less than three lakh. Therefore, the demand of skilled healthcare professionals grows, but the country stands way behind in filling this gap to stand at par with the healthcare delivery services abroad. To bridge this gap Global Health Alliance (GHA) launched short accredited courses and programmes in basic ECG and Cardiology with support from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

The courses offered are targeted at a wide range of people who work in healthcare, including doctors, paramedics, cardiac physiologists, Cardiac Care Unit nurses and allied health professionals. These courses have been designed specifically to up-skill healthcare professionals in India with the techniques that are now being practiced in the UK. The GHA plans to launch 22 courses, each of two to three days in length.

Dr Rajay Narain Director Global Health Alliance (GHA) & Cardiologist St. Georges University Hospital London said, The idea is to skill and up-skill the healthcare professionals in India because there is no such concept at the moment in India. There are some skill centres like Apollo and Medanta who have started training their junior doctors and health professionals. We are trying to bring all the courses which are there in England.

The professionals helping us with the initiative are heading health sciences departments. They will be visiting different parts of the country every few months to conduct the programme. Gradually when it scales up we will have more doctors in India who can further take the programme forward, he added. According to Dr Narain, the healthcare industry in the country still is escalating at a very slow pace and slow adoption of such initiative even at marginal prices.

Ashwini Kumar Chaubey, Member of Parliament from Bihar adds that such programmes would certainly help to begin a new era in the healthcare sector and skill development in India. He further added that Bihar has strongly supported the initiative with maximum registration promoting medical education in the state.

The GHA panel comprises of a panel of experts on board to deliver some of the most needed courses in India. There is also a need for annual appraisal system in place for doctors and nurses in India just like Europe, USA and rest of the world which will help the health professionals to keep up to date with their knowledge.

Dr Rhona Riley, Lecturer in Cardiac Physiology in the School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds said, International collaboration is an important aspect of higher education, especially so in the field of healthcare and medicine. A skilled, professional healthcare workforce ensures the health of a nation, which is why we are pleased to be working with Global Health Alliance to provide current educational and clinical based courses for the health workers of India.

Riley added the collaboration with GHA and the Healthcare Sector Skill Council for India will allow them to disseminate our experience in cardiac education and training to support the Indian Governments aim to up-skill healthcare workers, resulting in an improved healthcare service.

According to Sanjay Jaiswal, Member of Parliament, it will be a great step for the healthcare sector and the doctors coming under the training will get to distinguish between what they receive here and abroad.  These short courses are indeed beneficial.

Leeds University has had presence in India for last 14 years and understands that there is a dearth of short-term courses to up-skill healthcare professionals in India with best practice from abroad.

The GHA is a team of healthcare professionals from universities from the UK such as University of Leeds (Department of Health Sciences), John Moores University, Liverpool (Department of Cardiovascular Physiology), University of Cambridge (Addenbrooke’s Hospital), First Aid Cover (NHS Paramedics, UK).

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