Strategic Partnership Council for Healthcare Sector

ABU DHABI, 21st January, 2019 (WAM) — Department of Health Abu Dhabi (DoH), has formed a Strategic Partnership Council for the healthcare sector with the aim of strengthening partnerships between public and private healthcare providers.

The new council will provide a new platform that will enable improvements to the overall performance and quality of services of the current healthcare system in Abu Dhabi.

The council is headed by Sheikh Abdulla Bin Mohamed Al Hamed, Chairman of DoH and comprised of Mohamed Hamad Al Hameli, Undersecretary of DoH, Dr Gareth Goodier, CEO of SEHA Group, Abdulla Al Shamsi, Head of Mubadala Healthcare, Rashed Saif Al Qubaisi – Acting Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, Managing Director and CEO of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical), Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, Chairman and Managing Director of VPS health care, Prasanth Manghat, CEO and Executive Director at NMC Health, David Hadley, CEO of Mediclinic Middle East, Dr. Michael Bitzer, CEO of National Health Insurance Company – Daman and Carl Stanifer, Chief Executive Officer of TVM Capital Healthcare.

The formation of this specialised council symbolises the collaborative work and the “one-team” approach that combine the vast knowledge and hands-on expertise in the public and private healthcare sector. At the same time, it reinforces DoH’s commitment to delivering high quality healthcare services to patients in Abu Dhabi.

The council’s roles and responsibilities include the establishment of an open and inclusive platform where different relevant entities including public and private health providers can engage together, exchange ideas and suggestions that will help shape the future of healthcare.

The Strategic Partnership Council is set to convene every quarter to proceed with changes and policy implementations with all relevant entities.

The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), announced its formation of the Healthcare Technical Advisory Board. This advisory board will be responsible for providing specialized expertise and technical consultancy in health standards and requirements for licensing clinical functions and medical training. In addition, it will provide evidence-based recommendations for public health and clinical best practices.

The Healthcare Technical Advisory Board is chaired by Mohamed Hamad Al Hameli. The members of the council include Dr Arif Al Shehhi, Acting CEO of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), Dr Abdulmajeed Al Zubaidi, Chief Medical Officer and consultant interventional cardiologist at Mafraq Hospital, Dr José Lopez, Chief Executive Officer of Healthpoint, Dr Howard Podolsky, Chief Executive of Cambridge Medical and Rehabilitation Centre, Mr. Neil Clark Acting Director of Investors and Capacity Management Division at DoH and Binu Thomas from Division of Service Support at DoH.

By forging these alliances, DoH aims to engage relevant government and private healthcare providers in key decision-making that drives the development of our healthcare system forward and to ensure the delivery of high quality care services in line with DoH’s vision for a Healthier Abu Dhabi.

The advisory board will be required to hold training workshops and educational discussions aimed at elevating current medical practices in accordance with global healthcare best practices. Additionally, the council will advise on recommendations for best healthcare policies and standards, training programs and workshops that will contribute to improving the efficiency of clinical practices, as well as academic and medical curricula. The council will also seek accreditation requirements for educational health institutions, training centres, continued medical education programs in addition to providing the necessary recommendations for licensing, investigations, disciplinary and ethics codes. The council will also weigh in on revising policies and procedural standards to reflect the latest scientific developments and medical practices.

The Healthcare Technical Advisory Board has the authority to set up Clinical Service Line Expert subcommittees as required. There are two new clinical subcommittees are appointed until date as follows; Cardiac services subcommittee and Hematology / Oncology Subcommittee.

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