A 5-day workshop to train management staff of the Ministry of Health in more efficient human resource management was launched today Monday 15th May 2017 at the Sheikh Kalifah Diagnostic Centre.
The 28 participants will become acquainted with Workload Indicators of Staffing Need (WISN), a tool used in efficient human resources planning and management from consultants from the World Health Organisation (WHO) who will be conducting the workshop every day during the week until Friday 19th May.
Opening the workshop, the Principal Secretary for Health Dr Bernard Valentin, acknowledged the challenges faced by the Ministry of Health in human resource optimisation. “We more than anyone else know that our staff to patient ratios are not optimal,” Dr Valentin said.
There are currently more than 450 thousand nurses and 100 doctors to cater to more than 150 thousand potential patients per year. This causes a challenge to human resource production, retention and distribution within the health sector.
WISN will help the Ministry of Health understand work pressure within health facilities and better delegate work to eventually achieve a higher level of patient-centred care. “WISN should be able to provide the evidence necessary for us to begin a new conversation in the area of employee training and re-training, time management and more,” added Dr Valentin. “At a policy level this will translate to greater efficiency, more equity and better value for money.”
Throughout the workshop, participants will train in manually understanding this method of workload management for proper application within health facilities and later proceed to using the WISN software to develop efficient staffing norms.