Aim to equip therapist assistants with skills to cater to the needs of an aging population
Singapore, 29 October 2014 – Ren Ci Hospital and HMI Institute of Health Sciences (HMI Institute) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding forming a strategic partnership to jointly provide training to Therapy Assistant trainees undertaking the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications Higher Certificate in Therapy Services (TA course).
Under the terms of the collaboration, Ren Ci Hospital will deploy therapists and provide training facilities for HMI Institute trainees to practice and hone their skills in an authentic clinical learning environment. HMI Institute trainees will undergo theory and practical training for three of the 14-module TA course at Ren Ci Hospital in various therapy and patient procedures as well as implementation of a therapeutic care plan in accordance to HMI Institute training contents.
This collaboration leverages on the expertise and experience of Ren Ci’s team of healthcare professionals, in particularly the rehabilitation team, to deliver effective training for the therapy assistants-to-be to serve the elderly community.
“Against a backdrop of a rapidly ageing population, Singapore is facing a growing demand for physiotherapy in the geriatric setting. It is important to skew our training towards equipping future therapy assistants with the skills and knowledge to provide therapy services as a form of continual care to the seniors,” said Ms Loh Shu Ching, Chief Executive Officer of Ren Ci Hospital.
The blended learning model comprises a balanced mix of classroom learning and clinical attachment within the same day to interlace theoretical knowledge with practical skills.
This collaboration which was introduced in October last year provided the platform for the trainees to learn and practice their therapy skills through continual rehabilitation care at the Ren Ci community hospital and nursing home and Day Rehabilitation Centre.
“We are positive that our collaboration with Ren Ci Hospital to adopt workplace-based learning will enhance the quality of training which will in turn help to inject a steady stream of therapy assistants in the healthcare sector to meet the needs of the ageing society,” said Mr Tee Soo Kong, General Manager of HMI Institute.
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About Ren Ci Hospital
Established since 1994, Ren Ci Hospital is one of the few charity healthcare institutions in Singapore to provide high quality and affordable medical, nursing and rehabilitative care services for the community, based on the principles of loving kindness and compassion.
Besides catering to the long term healthcare needs of disadvantaged patients in the nursing home and the long term care facility, Ren Ci also provide rehabilitative care to post-acute patients in a community hospital setting so that they can regain their functional abilities and return back to the community.
With the rapidly ageing population in Singapore, Ren Ci will continue to play an integral role in supporting the healthcare needs of the elderly. Besides giving hope to frail seniors by helping them overcome their disabilities and teaching their families to care for them at home, Ren Ci also partners various community groups and social enterprises to give dignity back to the elderly.
Our Vision To be a leading and committed provider of quality integrated healthcare services in the Intermediate and Long Term Care for all, in collaboration with common goal stakeholders.
Our Mission Ren Ci Hospital seeks to provide quality nursing and medical care for the sick based on the principles of loving kindness and compassion regardless of race, religion and background.
Our Charity Status
Charity Registration No./ ROC No.: 201018593M
Charity Registration Date: 8 November 2010
Date of Establishment: 1 September 2010
Our IPC Status (General Operating Fund)
IPC No.: IPC 000712
About HMI Institute of Health Sciences
HMI Institute of Health Sciences (“HMI Institute”) is a dedicated private provider of healthcare training in Singapore and one of two Singapore Workforce Development Ag ency appointed Continuing Education and Training Centres for the healthcare support sector in Singapore.
HMI Institute is owned by Health Management International Pte Ltd, a healthcare company listed on the SGX Mainboard and with presence in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Myanmar.
HMI Institute’s primary objective is to nurture students to become competent healthcare personnel equipped with a balance of theoretical and practical skills. Since 2001, HMI Institute has trained more than 3,500 graduates for the Singapore healthcare industry. HMI Institute also provides a wide range of emergency life support skills training courses for individuals from all walks of life, and has trained more than 80,000 individuals in life saving skills.
HMI Institute has developed close links with healthcare providers in Singapore to provide job placements for students upon completion of their course. The Institute also works closely with various Singapore government agencies to encourage more Singaporeans to embark on a fulfilling healthcare career path as healthcare support professionals through Workforce Skills Qualifications courses. With an ageing society in Singapore, there is expected to be growing demand for healthcare roles as healthcare institutions cope with greater demand for healthcare services.
HMI Institute aims to improve lives through education.
HMI Institute seeks to provide high quality education services and contribute to the improvement of healthcare standards in Singapore and the region.
Values & Culture
HMI Institute embodies the HMI Spirit in all that we do:
- Socially Responsible – Making a difference in the lives of others
- Professional – Working responsibly and with integrity
- Innovate – Overcoming limitations through innovation
- Respect – Respecting others and be respected
- Inspire – Inspiring others to change for the better
- Teamwork – Contributing as an effective team worker