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More than 100 nurses working with the various health entities at DHA recently completed their training programme in management and leadership. 

The aim of the DHA training programme is to prepare nurses to take on leadership roles in their field. 

“The growth of any organisation is directly related to its leaders,” says Dr Ahmad Bin Kalban, CEO of Hospital Services Sector at DHA. “His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said a great leader creates more leaders and does not reduce the institution to a single person.

"We aspire to develop Dubai as an international medical hub and our work force is our backbone, therefore we understand the importance of training and leadership skills. DHA leaders have empowered nurses to undertake leadership responsibilities in order to enhance team spirit and foster growth of the sector.”

Farida Al Khaja, Director of Clinical Support Services at Dubai Hospital, says, “Such training programmes are important to help develop the workforce. They help enhance career satisfaction, growth and helps [nurses] stay up-to-date with the latest in their field.”

Fouad Chehab, Director of Nursing at Dubai Hospital and Chairperson of Directors of Nursing Forum at DHA, says, “The training programme consists of eight workshops and assignments that take place over a period of two months.

The programme has 40 CME hours from the medical education department at DHA and soon the programme will have international affiliations.

"Its aim is to build the capabilities of the nursing workforce to prepare them to take on the role of nursing managers in the future. The programme started in 2014 and since then more than 400 nurses have successfully completed the training.”

He adds that the programme includes leadership, entrepreneurial, administrative, people management skills and supportive skills.