Growing the capabilities in the community

Guest-of-honour Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower Dr Amy Khor with the Social & Health Manpower Development Programme-ILTC award recipients.

With more and more seniors wanting to live and age well at home, to make this a reality for them, a possible answer is through upgrading the skills in the community so those in the sector can delivery even better quality care. Shared Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health, “With the growth in the community care services, we need close to 11,000 more staff in 2020 as compared to 2012 across all levels to augment the existing manpower pool. Community care is a source of good jobs for Singaporeans.”

Coming off a Senior Care Job Fair @ South West which took place in July and attracted more than 900 job applications, the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) organised the third Intermediate and Long-Term Care (ILTC) Manpower Development Awards Ceremony in late August. A total of 91 awards were given, an increase from last year. The study awards fell into five categories: the Social & Development Manpower Development Programme for the Intermediate and Long-Term Care (SHMDP-ILTC), ILTC-Upgrading Programme (ILTC-UP), Mid-Term Scholarships for Social Workers, ILTC – Palliative Care Training Award and the Balaji Sadasivan Study Award.

Dr Khor with the general practitioners who received their ILTC – Palliative Care Training Award. It is now renamed the Community Care – GP Partnership Training Award.

As of 2015, these awards have funded over 500 nurses, allied health professionals, social workers, students and administrators who are serving throughout the sector, from community hospitals to eldercare centres.

During the awards ceremony, Dr Khor also launched two sets of Implementation Guides, which will be distributed to service providers in November. These will serve to complement the Home Care and Centre-based Care Guidelines which were introduced earlier this year and will elaborate the rationale behind the guidelines, illustrate operational processes, highlight good practices and provide resources such as clinical tools, checklists and references.


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