Development of RCP Centre of Excellence, Oman Announced
The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in United Kingdom (UK) signed today (Sunday) an agreement to develop a Centre of Clinical Excellence in the Sultanate, which is the first-of-its-kind outside UK.
The agreement was signed by H.E. Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Al Saidi, Minister of Health and Professor Andrew Goddard, President of the Royal College of Physicians, in the presence ofthe Honorable Dr. Muna Al Saadoon, Dean of College of Medicine & Health Sciences at Sultan Qaboos University, and H.E Dr. Hilal Ali Al-Sabti, President Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB) in addition to their Excellenceis Ministry’s Undersecretaries and MOH’s Senior officials. .
Speaking at a press conferencefollowing the signing of the agreement, His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Mohammad Al-Saidi, Minister of Health noted that the center is the first outside the United Kingdom. His Excellency the Minister of Health further expressed his gratitude for choosing the Sultanate to establish this center due to several reasons most significantly are the distinguished relations between the government of the Sultanate and the government of the United Kingdom, as well as the perceived quality of services in the Sultanate’s health sector.
The Health Minister added that the significance of the center lies in providing high training programs not only for physicians and clinical fields, but also in the areas of health leadership. Moreover, the center will open its doors for trainees from all over the world.
Professor Andrew Goddardstressed at the press conference that today’s event signifies the beginning of an agreement to work in partnership in the scoping and development of an RCP Centre of Excellence in Oman. It is intended that the RCP Centre of Excellence, Oman will offer a world-leading center for medical training and education, quality improvement and assurance and will enhance RCP membership engagement for those in Oman and the wider region.
Moreover, the RCP Centre of Excellence would support the multi-professional workforce in Oman through delivery of system-wide and focused education, standards and professional support.
The 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.
Projects delivered from the Centre of Excellence will include:
● tailored Continuing Professional Development (CPD) 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 workforce
● Support to develop clinical examination skills in both medical students, through collaborative working with universities, and in postgraduate trainees through Practical Assessment of Clinical Examination Skills (PACES) teaching and examination
● Quality improvement programs to maximize patient safety and quality of care
● Leadership development to support the current and future generations of clinician leaders
It should be noted that building on its 500-year history, the RCP continues to play a leading role in the delivery of high-quality patient care by setting standards of medical practice and promoting clinical excellence. The RCP provides physicians in the UK and overseas with education, training and support throughout their careers. As an independent body representing over 37,000 fellows and members worldwide, the RCP advises and works with government, the public, patients and other professions to improve health and healthcare. The primary interest of the RCP is supporting health systems to deliver high-quality care for patients.