DHA completes project to develop global system for accrediting continuing professional learning programmes

DUBAI, 23rd March, 2022 (WAM) -- The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has announced the completion of the project to develop a global system for the accreditation of continuing professional development programmes.

The project consists of four stages, and was conducted in cooperation with the American Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). DHA is the first health institution in the UAE to complete this project aimed at enhancing the quality of medical training programmes for health professionals in the Emirate of Dubai.

Awadh Seghayer Al Ketbi, Director-General of (DHA), highlighted the importance of this project, which is in line with the authority’s vision and its continuous efforts to strengthen its partnerships with various global institutions. He also emphasised the importance of continuous medical education to stay up-to-date with the latest advances in medicine, and to provide patients with the highest quality of medical care.

Dr. Wadeia Muhammad Sharif, Director of Medical Education and Research Department (MERD) at the DHA, said that completion of this project in cooperation with ACCME will ensure high-quality training, and will help update the skills and professional knowledge of health care practitioners on an ongoing basis.

She said that the authority was able to complete the four phases of the project, which included reviewing and evaluating the effectiveness of DHA's accreditation of continuous professional development programmes.

The third stage included an assessment of the capabilities and competency management, to determine the health care system's ability to meet the expectations of the new accreditation requirements, while the fourth stage included a roadmap for managing training capabilities and competencies for the authority’s staff.

Graham McMahon, President and CEO of ACCME, expressed his joy at cooperating with DHA to support its initiative to align its accreditation system with international standards, and to improve the quality of continuing professional development programmes for health professionals in the Emirate of Dubai.

He also noted the importance of this cooperation to fulfil their mutual vision, and to provide effective education that helps provide optimal care for patients.