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UAE: Salary increase, benefits recommended for mental health workers – News

The total number of healthcare professionals in the field has increased steadily since 2019



Published: Sun 8 May 2022, 12:25

Last update: Sun, May 8, 2022, 4:09 PM

A Federal National Council (FNC) report has recommended an increase in salaries and benefits for mental health workers in the country to attract more Emiratis to this specialized field.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) policy report on mental health promotion in the UAE included several recommendations that FNC members recently adopted. The Board intends to refer these recommendations to the government at its next meeting so that the appropriate measures can be taken.

Other key measures recommended by members include the need to develop training and rehabilitation programs for specialized national cadres in the field of psychiatry, with emphasis on specialist skills in the treatment of children and people determined and by establishing partnerships with educational institutions and hospitals.

Meanwhile, the Emirates Health Services Foundation has confirmed that it has been successful in supplying and attracting specialist mental health professionals, despite their global shortage. Officials explained that the total number of mental health professionals working with them had reached 371 specialists.

The foundation had also presented a report to members of the Federal National Council, confirming that multidisciplinary mental health professionals had increased by 47% between 2019 and 2021, with a total of 5,461 employees.

The Emirates Health Services Foundation also said it has adopted several partnerships with health authorities, government and private educational institutions and leading international hospitals to develop the skills of mental, social and rehabilitation health workers. It has also signed agreements and MoUs with international universities and health institutions, in addition to partnerships with leading educational institutions and hospitals in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and in several European countries.

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The foundation also pointed to sending many clinical psychologists to develop their skills through a professional development program, such as training in the use of mental health assessment tools and their cognitive behavioral therapy techniques.

The number of mental health training programs for establishment institutions reached about 112, benefiting 30,492 employees and trainees. Part of their strategy was to develop medical and technical cadres and build partnerships, especially with health institutions and organizations and relevant authorities, to support the country’s efforts to achieve global competitiveness in mental health, according to foundation officials.

Last month, Naema Abdullah Al Sharhan, FNC Second Vice President and Chair of the FNC Committee on Health and Environmental Affairs, read a report to members highlighting the difficulty of diagnosing mental disorders in children due to lack of designated psychiatric clinics. for them.

The report also indicates that many psychiatric patients do not complete their treatment due to the lack of health insurance coverage for mental illness treatment services. It also leads patients and their families to bear the high cost of treatment.

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