HMC programme helping nurses hone skills

A total 22 nurses from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) are driving positive change in their units through the ‘Leadership for Change’ programme.

First created over 20 years ago by the International Council of Nurses, the programme was launched to help nurses gain the skills needed to take a greater role in the leadership of healthcare services.

Qatar is the sixth country in the region to implement the Leadership for Change programme, which is run in more than 60 nations.

“Nurse leaders are critical to health system improvements, as well as improvements in their work places. The Leadership for Change programme has been an instrumental part of helping many nurses hone their skills and become visionaries, strategic thinkers, effective planners and managers of change,” said Dr Badriya al-Lenjawi, HMC’s executive director, Nursing and national coordinator, Leadership for Change.

Launched in Qatar in 2013, Leadership for Change is a partnership between the World Health Organisation’s Office for Eastern Mediterranean, the International Council of Nurses, the Ministry of Public Health, HMC and the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC).

This is the third year the programme has been offered in Qatar and signals the first time non-Qatari nationals have been invited to participate. During the first two years, the programme was exclusively offered to Qatari nationals, this year eight of the 31 participants are long-term residents.

“We have participants from HMC, PHCC, Qatar Petroleum, Sidra and Aspetar. The year-long programme uses a tested methodology based on action learning and prepares nurses for full participation in health planning, policy and management,” added Dr al-Lenjawi.

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