DHA signsMOU with University of Bradford to promotenursing and midwifery education
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MoU provides opportunity for nurses to obtainbachelor’s degree without having to leave their jobs.
United Arab Emirates, Dubai, June 25, 2012: The Dubai Health Authority launched anew educational initiative to support the career of nurses working in thefield, enabling them to seek higher education without having to leave theirjobs.
As part of thisinitiative, the DHA has signed a MoU with the Universityof Bradford, which is one of the topBritish universities in health studies in the UK and provides nurses who have adiploma with an opportunity to obtain a bachelor’s degree within one year,without having the need to leave their jobs.
The MoU was signed onbehalf of Professor Mark Cleary, Vice-Chancellor of the Universityof Bradford by Shirley Congdon, Deanof the School of Health Studies and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Bradford Universityand His Excellency Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid ,Director-General of the DubaiHealth Authority. Senior DHA officials including His Excellency Khalid AlSheikh Mubarak, Deputy Director-General and Khalil Qayed, Director of MedicalEducation were present during the signing ceremony.
Speaking about theimportance of this initiative, Al Murooshid said that the authority takes intoconsideration the requirements for developing all professions in the medicalfield, especially nursing and midwifery, which is a field that has been given due importance by the UAE Council of Ministers and the UAE Nursing andMidwifery Council, which is chaired by HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wifeof His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and PrimeMinister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Al Murooshid said thatthe move is in line with the authority’s aim to provide high-qualityhealthcare professionals, foster a culture of medical education and developskills of healthcare professionals.
Dr Khalil Qayed, Directorof Medical Education at the DHA, thanked the DHA Director-General and seniormanagement for their support and encouragement to promote medical education. Hesaid: “Growth of human resources especially in the medical field is ofvital importance. Both local and expatriate nurses at the DHA expressed theirkeenness to undertake educational courses and we are glad to provide them withthis opportunity.”
He said the nurses willenter an intensive one year program without having to leave their jobs.
He added that thisprogram will provide an opportunity for those nurses who were previously unableto obtain their bachelor’s degree due to certain circumstances.
He said that the DHAchose to partner with BradfordUniversity given theirreputation and high ranking in this field. “We wanted to look for apartner who is well renowned in the field and the University of Bradford’sSchool for Health Studies is considered to be one of the best in the field ofnursing.”
Dr Roxanne Nematollahi,Senior Development Officer, DHA Medical Education Department said: “Capacitybuilding for nurses is very important and this program will open the door fornurses to undertake higher studies while continuing their work, making itconvenient for more nurses to opt for higher education. In time, the programwill be available for all nurses in the UAE.”
Shirley Congdon, Dean ofthe School of Health Studies and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Bradford Universitysaid: “This is the first health science program in the UAE and we arevery pleased to sign a MoU in this regard, especially as DHA is one of theoldest healthcare providers in the Emirate. We look forward to futurecooperation in this field.”