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(PRESS RELEASE) — The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in collaboration with Health Education England recently facilitated a leadership training aimed at increasing the confidence of primary care leaders in the delivery of patient care services in Saint Lucia.
Associate Dean of Health Education England Clare Inkster says this training is important as it will empower the primary care leaders to make changes and enable service transformation.
“We measure health care in a variety of ways so we want health care to be safe and for people to not be harmed by accidents or errors. We want the treatments that people are accessing to work, we want it to be effective but in some ways just as important, we want people to have a good experience of their health care and that is something that we are already hearing from the team this morning, that it is important that people don’t have an unpleasant time when they are at a very difficult time in their lives and making sure that people have access to the health care they need. We will be asking the teams to implement an improvement project which will hopefully have these types of benefits for the patients in their areas.”
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Sharon Belmar-George says this training is timely and crucial to improving the delivery of excellent health care.
“We note the importance of effective leadership and especially in health in terms of strengthening leadership in the Ministry of Health and leadership with a lot of our programs. Public health and primary care is one of the very important areas within health in terms of strengthening preventative care and also surveillance of diseases and a lot of our heads are the ones who manage our programs. So, this leadership training is very timely as we do have some new members of our team who may not have had it and some persons who definitely need refreshment training.”
The leadership training focused on key areas such as foundation of leadership, quality improvement in leadership and action planning for service delivery, to name a few.