Transformative Education
for Health Professionals

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Continuing Professional Development systems for all health professionals

Moustafa Fahmy Mohmed

The following is extracted from International Pharmaceutical Federation – FIP (2014). Continuing Professional Development/Continuing Education in Pharmacy: Global Report. 


1,358 registered pharmacists; The Ministry of Health (MOH) has put in place robust CPD systems and structures; Oman Assistant Pharmacy Institute plays a pivotal role not only in faculty development activities for its staff but also in the follow-up of its alumni in the service sector; Accreditation body: Oman Medical Specialty Board.

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The Ministry of Health (MOH) has put in place robust Continuing Professional Development (CPD) systems and structures aimed at enabling all health professionals to provide quality care to patients through continuously updating their knowledge, competencies and attitudes in their relevant fields of practice.

These systems and structures are centrally coordinated, managed, supported and monitored by the Directorate of Continuing Professional Development (DCPD) and guided by specific CPD Ministerial Directives and policies to cater for the comprehensive CPD needs of all categories of health care professionals.

In this context, DCPD in coordination with the established CPD structures in all the hospitals and governorates supports the pharmacists in:

  • Assessing their learning and development needs and the preparation of need-based CPD programmes; 
  • Planning and implementing structured learning programmes as well as recording and evaluating the impact of their learning in their professional practice;
  • Allocating an appropriate budget and relevant educational resources for planning and conducting CPD programmes.

As a consequence, this ensures that their CPD programmes planned, organised and conducted either at the local or national levels are in line with the Ministerial CPD policy, which requires that the CPD activities:

  • Are need-based and driven by SMART objectives and supported by adult learning principles. Based on the identified needs, DCPD prepares an Annual Planned Calendar of Events which is made accessible to all the concerned stakeholders in the various health disciplines in which pharmacy is also prominently featured;
  • Incorporate instructional methodologies that are relevant and appropriate for the intended objectives and the learning has immediacy of application in the work settings;
  • Are effective in the learning process and where necessary initiate remedial intervention for enhancing and improving the planning and delivery of future CPD programmes.

The preparation of CPD providers in these competencies and skills are not only to ensure that the planned programmes are standardised according to educational principles but also a mandatory requirement for the accreditation of these programmes. Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB) is the accrediting body for all CPD programmes conducted in the country. Pharmacists and other health care professionals are all required to acquire a specified number of CPD credits both category I and II within a determined time frame and cycle in the relevant discipline.

Category I activities - Formal and highly structured learning activities provided by recognized educational or scientific institutions or professional bodies that are accredited by OMSB or other recognized accreditation bodies.Category II activities - Self-learning planned activities commonly conducted individually or in groups to address the needs identified locally by specific specialty or department.

The Oman Assistant Pharmacy Institute (OAPI) also plays a pivotal role not only in faculty development activities for its staff but also in the follow-up of its alumni in the service sector. The institute offers a variety of professional development programmes to practitioners to meet their learning needs, enabling them to retain their capacity to practice safely and effectively within their evolving career and scope of practice as well as acquiring new knowledge.

A similar approach has also been adopted by the Directorate General of Pharmaceutical Affairs and Drug Control (DGPA-DC), Directorate General of Medical Services (DGMS) and the Directorate of Rational Use of Medicine (DRUM) to work collaboratively with the pharmacists in the private sector to support their CPD initiatives and addressing prevailing challenges in the delivery of pharmaceutical services to the public in line with the Ministerial Directives in this respect.


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