Friday 31 March 2023 - 10:45:39 am

Special Olympics UAE awards 15 medical institutions Unified Healthcare Provider Status in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, 31st October, 2022 (WAM) -- Special Olympics UAE awarded 15 medical institutions in Abu Dhabi the Unified Healthcare Provider status in an appreciation ceremony held at the International Society for Physical Activity and Health Congress (ISPAH).

The nine awarded entities have completed specialised Special Olympics UAE training for medical staff and employees in the healthcare sector who provide care for People of Determination (PoD) with Intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD).

The awarded healthcare entities are UE Medical, Healthplus Networks, Moorfields Eye Hospital Centre, Healthpoint Hospital, Danat Al Emarat Hospital, SEHA - Al Towayya Children's Specialty Centre, SEHA - Al Mushrif Children’s Specialty Centre, NMC Royal Khalifa City and NMC Royal the Unified Healthcare Provider Status.

On the occasion, Talal Al Hashemi, National Director of Special Olympics UAE, said, “Medical appointments for People of Determination with intellectual and development disabilities can be concerning for parents or caregivers, the patient, and medical professionals. The Unified Healthcare Providers Programme empowers medical staff with knowledge and evidence-based techniques, that can help them understand POD patients, and deliver compassionate healthcare, that is tailored to their specific needs."

"This programme is in line with the Abu Dhabi Strategy for People of Determination 2020-2024 which was launched by President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It contributes directly to the healthcare pillar of the strategy, which aims to enhance the availability and quality of medical services offered to POD.”

The Unified Healthcare Providers Programme provides training to qualified medical teams and supporting healthcare staff in hospitals and clinics. To receive the status, medical and healthcare facilities must meet certain criteria, and employees across various medical and administrative departments and specialities must attend a 9-hour training and successfully complete the final assessments.

The awarding ceremony took place at the International Society for Physical Activity and Health Congress (ISPAH), hosted at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) in Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre. The ceremony was attended by Mohamed Khalifa Al Nuaimi, Director General of Executive and Financial Affairs at the Abu Dhabi Department of Finance and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Special Olympics UAE.

Commenting on the awarding ceremony, Hasan Jasem Al Nowais, Chief Executive Officer of Mubadala Health, said, “At Mubadala Health, and across our network of world-class healthcare assets, we are committed to ensuring that compassion is at the core of our vision, mission, and values. I’m proud to say that our assets have collectively created a cultural shift when it comes to championing inclusion for People of Determination.”

Lina Ibrahim/ Hazem Hussein