IHF agrees service delivery of health management courses in KSA

The International Hospital Federation (IHF) and the Saudi Commission for Health Specialities (SCFHS) have signed a 3-year agreement for the delivery of health service management training in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 13 February in Riyadh (KSA).

The agreement will take effect from May 2022. The services provided by the IHF will include overall coordination and delivery of the training well as additional consulting services. Aimed at middle managers in the health sector, it will be delivered in 5-day programmes in Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Abha, and Tabuk.

Ronald Lavater, CEO of the IHF, explained the significance of this agreement:

“At the International Hospital Federation, building the capacity of leaders in the healthcare sector through international collaboration is central to our mission. Our established activities include a programme to develop young executive leaders as well as organizing study tours and virtual knowledge exchanges.

This agreement will start a new chapter for the IHF, perfectly aligning with our goal to expand our training offering. We are delighted to collaborate with SCFHS, a premier associate member of the IHF, to support the development and improvement of health sector management in KSA.”

The IHF will provide leadership development in small group settings for 900 managers over 3 years. The instructors will be both local and international. The course materials will be tailored to the local setting, using local examples. As well as 5-day courses for middle managers, there will be 3-day training the trainers courses to establish a bank of local experts.

Dr Sami Yousif, CEO of the Healthcare Leadership Academy within SCFHS, explained the significance of this agreement:

“Saudi Arabia is witnessing one of the biggest healthcare transformations in the world. Amid these transformational efforts and, to ensure the success of such a large scale, the Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA) was initiated in 2017 to develop current and emerging leaders at all levels within the healthcare system and equip them with the leadership and managerial skills required to support the transformation.

This agreement with IHF will enable HLA to support the development and improvement of health sector management for middle managers in Saudi Arabia. Therefore, help achieve the desired impact on healthcare services, and make the healthcare transformation program a resounding success.”

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