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24 June 2010

Upgrading Singapore’s clinical workers

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Two manpower initiatives have been rolled out to deepen skills of the clinical research workforce in Singapore, reports Channel News Asia.

Firstly, Nanyang Polytechnic and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) will work closely with industry players to launch a series of Workforce Skills Qualification, or WSQ, certification courses in Clinical Research.

The new Clinical Research WSQ Certified training courses will cover skills areas such as research methodology and ethics, good clinical practices guidelines, data collection in clinical trials and processing of laboratory results.

The courses will help train mid-career professionals or fresh graduates of life sciences, pharmacy or nursing, for the roles of clinical research coordinators and clinical research associates.

Existing clinical research workers can also upgrade their skills through the five levels of courses to progress within the industry.

Nanyang Polytechnic will roll out the first course in the series by October this year.

The aim is to train more than 150 new entrants over the next five years and also upgrade the skills of the current workforce.

The industry has also come together to form a Clinical Research Consortium to cohesively look into building the manpower capability needed to support clinical trial activities.

It will identify training gaps, set training standards that reflect industry best practices and provide advice on suitable training programmes to develop a career progression pathway of the clinical research personnel.

It will work closely with the Ministry of Health's Research Staff Career and Development Taskforce, which is responsible for charting the career and development of all healthcare professionals in Singapore.

The initiatives were announced by Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Manpower, Hawazi Daipi at an industry symposium.


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