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MC is the public provider of healthcare in
Qatar. To enable HMC's transition to an
Academic Health System, the Institution
has recognised a need to complete a baseline
assessment of all its Consultant doctors. The
scope of the programme will also include
Consultant doctors working for the Primary Health Care
Corporation (PHCC), which is the organisation responsible for
providing primary care services in Qatar.
A number of international bodies were invited to tender for this
work in the summer of 2012. RCSI engaged with other training
bodies in Ireland to provide HMC with an indicative cross-specialty
assessment model. Formal technical and commercial proposals were
subsequently submitted and proved successful. MVIrl went on to
enter into an agreement with HMC and PHCC and both will now
work with MVIrl to review and benchmark their Consultants.
Mr Eunan Friel, Managing Director at RCSI's Department of Surgical
Affairs and spokesperson for MVIrl, commented: "We are delighted
to have been appointed by HMC and PHCC to undertake this
initiative. All of the training bodies involved in the programme are
looking forward to working closely together and with our clients.
This is the first time that the postgraduate training bodies have
cooperatively responded to an international tender. This new and
exciting initiative offers an example of cooperation across the training
bodies that will, I hope, provide a template for further overseas
The initiative, led by RCSI, is in collaboration with the following Irish
postgraduate training bodies:
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland;
College of Anaesthetists of Ireland ;
College of Psychiatrists of Ireland;
Faculty of Dentistry at RCSI;
Faculty of Radiologists at RCSI; and,
Irish College of General Practitioners.
According to Colette Tully, Revalidation Programme
Manager, MVIrl, the benchmarking process will
enable HMC and PHCC to recognise excellence and
identify suitable development opportunities for their
Consultants. It will also inform the development of a
Maintenance of Competence Scheme.
A dedicated MVIrl Programme Office with five full-
time staff, four based at RCSI in Dublin and one based
in Doha, has been established to manage the initiative
and work closely with each of the training bodies
involved. The programme is planned to run for 18
Already, a series of visits has taken place to enable
representatives of the training bodies to meet with
Consultants in Doha and these have been very
successful, MVIrl reports.
A revalidation framework has been developed, Collete
Tully states, creating a model based on six categories:
qualification and training;
portfolio experience and qualifications;
CME(Continuous Medical Education)/CPD;
teaching and training; and,
research and enquiry.
She adds: "Detailed templates for each of these categories
are now being finalised and, we will shortly begin
the next phase, the development of an e-portfolio to
facilitate Consultants inputting their submissions online.
This is due to be completed by year-end. The assessment
process will take place from March to October of next
year, with 700 assessments scheduled to be completed."
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