HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT POLICY STATEMENT
Ministry of Health (MOH) considers manpower as a key resource in the health
sector, and attaches significant importance to all aspects of human resources
development. This is also affirmed by all relevant international agencies. In
this context, the Ministry of Health has established departments and sections
for human resources development, within its organizational structure both at
national HQ and at regional level. At the national level, the departments and
institutes under the Directorate General of Education & Training,
Directorate General of Planning and the Directorate General of Administrative
Affairs are directly concerned with relevant aspects of HRD. In order to
facilitate the efficient functioning of all these organizational entities, the
following HRD policy guidelines should be adhered to.
(a) Objectives of Human
Resources Development Activities
1.To meet the manpower requirements of national
health plans aiming at achieving the goal of health for all. HRD should be
treated as an integral component of these plans and the strategies envisaged
under these plans.
2.To ensure the availability and adequacy of highly qualified manpower in
different health institutions.
speed up the Omanization process in a way that preserves or enhances the quality
of patient care in both public and private sectors.
achieve optimal utilization of health care personnel.
(b) The following guidelines should govern all human resources
Ministry will comply with all the civil service regulations in all aspects of
recruitment, utilization, evaluation and promotion.
Ministry head quarters will oversee recruitment process. It will continue to
play a developmental and coordinating role in general. The Ministry will
gradually empower the regions to recruit national manpower.
of personnel to the health care institutions in the health regions will largely
be according to staffing needs embodied in the human resources plans based on
the detailed guidelines developed by the Ministry from time to time for staff
deployment in health institutions at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
health regions will enjoy a certain degree of autonomy in regard to re-
deployment (or intra-regional transfer) of staff members within the region and
according to the approved staffing patterns. The national head quarters will
retain the authority of inter-regional transfers. All types of transfer will be
subject to productivity considerations and possible contingencies.
Ministry will continue to support all activities of continuing education for
different categories of personnel and according to training needs. Career
advancement of personnel will be increasingly linked to their performance and
effective participation in relevant training programmes.
Ministry considers education and training as part of essential strategies to
attain self-sufficiency in health manpower. To further strengthen this strategy,
the Ministry will continue to modernize the existing training institutes and
establish new ones according to local needs.
Ministry will continuously review the institutes’ curricula in collaboration
with the relevant training institutions and international bodies.
Ministry will support the cooperation with the College of Medicine at Sultan
Qaboos University with a view to enriching the knowledge of medical students and
to establish specialized training programmes according to priority.
educational and training activities shall be carried out locally, especially for
the medical and technical categories, in order to ensure that they have been
prepared to work in the Omani environment with its local distinctive conditions.
Ministry will continue to depute Omani personnel for training abroad, in fields
in which the Sultanate lacks facilities or in fields in which local training is
Resources Development activities will focus on overcoming the problems faced in
the previous health development plans. The priorities set in the current and
subsequent health development plans shall be taken into consideration in future.
make available adequate manpower (physicians, nurses and other paramedics)
required for programmes of the plan, keeping in mind the standards prevailing in
the developed world, and in tune with the Sultanate potentialities and
continue / initiate local production of suitable quantities of human resources
to ensure further increase in Omanization levels in the fields of Nutrition,
develop job descriptions for all human resources categories in general and
primary health care personnel in particular. The same shall be circulated to all
organize and strengthen continuing education activities provided to all
categories of health workers.
conduct applied health systems research pertaining to human resources
development, and utilize the results for improving HRD plans, programmes and
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