Today, a round table on the topic "Kazakh-Finnish cooperation on the development of medical services and medical education" was held in Astana with the participation of Vice-Minister of health and social development of Kazakhstan, Elzhan Birtanov, Chairman of the universities of Sciences JAMK and Lahti (Finland), heads of medical Universities and colleges of Kazakhstan and the others.
The participants discussed the issues of Kazakh-Finnish cooperation in training of highly qualified medical personnel, their roles in the health system, delivering effective primary health care etc.
Yelzhan Birtanov noted that the improvement of the system of medical training based on international standards, especially nursing professionals, will contribute to the improvement of quality of provided medical care to the population of Kazakhstan.
In the framework of the round table Director of the RSE "Republican College for training and retraining of secondary medical and pharmaceutical workers Nailya Ruzanova, Director of the
GCE "Medical College» of akimat in Astana Akbala Serganova, Chairman of the University of Sciences JAMK Paloniemi Aila and Chairman of the University of Sciences Lahti Kari Salmi, signed a Memorandum of understanding and strategic partnership for health and nursing development. The document envisages cooperation of the parties in the following areas: improvement of management in organizations medical education; improving the efficiency of educational programs and potential educational personnel; development of material-technical and information resources. As previously reported, 10 of medical schools of Kazakhstan will be reorganized in higher medical colleges, including 6 in 2016 and 4 in 2017. In these educational institutions, a program of applied bachelor degree on the specialty "Nursing", developed with the participation of Finnish experts will be implemented.
The implementation of the project on introduction of applied bachelor degree on the specialty
"Nursing" was launched by the Ministry of health and social development of the RK (hereinafter – the MH RK) in 2014 in a pilot mode in 6 government medical colleges (Medical College of Astana; Kokshetau medical College; Kyzylorda medical College; Pavlodar medical College; national College for training and retraining of secondary medical and pharmaceutical workers; West Kazakhstan medical College).
In the framework of the State health development program "Densaulyk" for the years 2016-2019 jointly with the specialists of the MHSD of the RK and with colleagues from the universities of
Sciences JAMK and Lahti we developed a Road map for the modernization of the system of nursing education in the Republic of Kazakhstan for the years 2016-2019.
The program of applied bachelor degree provides the principles of the dual training in accordance with European directives, including the implementation of manufacturing practices at clinical sites under the guidance of a qualified mentor in the amount not less than 60-70% of the total number of hours of training (training period 3.5 years). This program is widely spread in the countries of the European Union and is aimed at training highly qualified nurses with enhanced practical training.
Graduates of medical colleges of undergraduate majoring in Nursing will have the skills to conduct nursing admission, providing pre-medical examination of patients, formulation of preliminary diagnosis, referral for consultation to specialists, nursing children and adults, writing prescriptions under the supervision of a doctor.
This year Finnish and Russian experts have developed an integrated program of bachelor degree on the specialty "Nursing". Under this program, nurses received education to improve their professional skills, having additional training for a year and a half.
Training on the integrated program began in September 2016 in an experimental mode on the basis of the 6 above mentioned medical colleges free for 150 people (for 25 seats in each College).
Let us remind you, that today in Kazakhstan there are 26 public and 37 private medical colleges. Every year they produce on the average 12 thousand mid-level health workers. Today, nurses are the most numerous category of employees, it is around 160 thousand professionals.