Sidra Medical and Research Center (Sidra) has been awarded accreditation by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP). Effective from 1 January, 2016, this is an important milestone as Sidra is now an accredited as a Continuing Medical Education/ Continuing Professional Development (CME/CPD) Provider.
The practice of health care is constantly changing. There are new developments in all fields that require practitioners to participate in learning to update their practice. As part of the National Health Strategy, the Qatar Council of Health Care Practitioners instituted mandatory CME/CPD requirements for all healthcare practitioners licensed in Qatar. CME/CPD is the process by which healthcare providers are engaged in continuous learning and stay abreast of new knowledge, skills and professional attributes that enable them to provide the highest quality patient care.
Following the accreditation, Sidra is therefore eligible to provide CME/CPD credits according to QCHP as well as the Royal College of Canada International (RCCI) criteria and standards.
Dr. Abdulla Al Kaabi, Acting Chief Medical Officer at Sidra, lauded Sidra’s accreditation team during a recent celebration with QCHP. “Receiving the accreditation is an honor and was due to the collective effort of the Sidra community and the diligent assistance of the QCHP Accreditation Department.”
Dr. Al Kaabi thanked the Sidra physicians, nurses, pharmacists, allied health practitioners and administrators who spent countless hours to build the CME/CPD infrastructure. He also acknowledged those who planned and implemented quality CME/CPD educational activities that were used as evidence to support the QCHP accreditation application.
Dr. Samar Aboulsoud, Acting CEO of QCHP congratulated Sidra on its accreditation. She acknowledged Sidra’s commitment to provide quality healthcare and continuing education for healthcare practitioners in the State of Qatar. Dr Samar is looking forward to the CPD/CME opportunities Sidra will offer to its staff and the wider healthcare community in Qatar.
Sidra is one of four institutions who participated in the QCHP and RCCI Pilot Program for a new and more stringent standards and criteria. Sidra remains committed to be a groundbreaking hospital, research and education institution, focusing on the health and wellbeing of children and women regionally and globally.