Transforming and scaling up health professionals’ education and training – WHO Guidelines 2013

Posted on November 18, 2013. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Workforce | Tags: |

Transforming and scaling up health professionals’ education and training – WHO Guidelines 2013

ISBN 978 92 4 150650 2

Extract from the Executive Summary

“These guidelines set out a vision of such a transformation of education for the health professions, and offer recommendations on how best to achieve the goal of producing graduates responsive to the health needs of the populations they serve. Specifically, the guidelines aim to: provide sound policy and technical guidance in the area of pre-service education, particularly to countries experiencing shortages of doctors, nurses, midwives and other health professionals; and guide countries on how to integrate continuing professional development (CPD) as part of medical, nursing, midwifery and other health professionals’ education scale-up in order to ensure excellence of care, responsive health service delivery and sustainable health systems. Country ownership in determining priorities and setting policy is required in each of the five identified guideline domains:

1) Education and training institutions,
2) Accreditation, regulation,
3) Financing and sustainability,
4) Monitoring and evaluating, and
5) Governance and planning.

The recommendations cover a wide range from development of community-engaged relevant curricula through to equipping health professionals with the skills to be high quality competent clinical teachers and academic faculty, all of which contribute to preparing high quality competent health graduates to practice in areas of need. Hence, a greater alignment between educational institutions and the health care system will be the necessary ingredient to bring about transformative change and leadership in preparing future graduates who have an affinity to work in rural and remote areas where the challenging issues of health equity and equality remain.”

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