School of Health Sciences (SOHS), IGNOU is launching four new skill-based Health Programmes to create trained health care personnel for improving health care delivery across the Country. For this purpose, a Skill training cell has been created in IGNOU to develop, implement and certify the skill based health programmes in the Country.
Each of the programmes will have about 30 hours of theory teaching or interaction at the Study Centers of IGNOU, about 80 hours of demonstration or return demonstration at medical colleges for hands-on training
“The programmes will be implemented through a nation-wide support services frame-work. A supervision and monitoring network at State and District level is being created in collaboration with MOHFW, IGNOU and other institutions as identified by MOHFW. An MOU has already been signed between IGNOU and MoHFW to develop and launch these programmes” informed Prof. T.K. Jena of SOHS, IGNOU.
The study material package developed by SOHS, IGNOU would include text material, practical manual, logbook, audio-video material, web-board discussion, teleconferencing, assignments, etc. Each of the programmes will have about 30 hours of theory teaching or interaction at the Study Centers of IGNOU, about 80 hours of demonstration or return demonstration at medical colleges for hands-on training, about one month of posting in smaller hospital and self-activities to be carried out in a hospital setting. The details will be provided to students and trainers through the programme guide.
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The following 4 certificates are being introduced within this framework:
Certificate in General Duty Assistance (CGDA) – The General Duty Assistant (GDA) program is a short duration skill based training program, with an objective to develop a pool of trained workforce which can be employed by hospitals and healthcare facilities to provide support to nurses, doctors as well as other healthcare team members in ensuring quality care to the patients.
Certificate in Geriatric Care Assistance (CGCA) – A Geriatric Care Assistant (GCA) can be defined as a trained and certified health-care worker who usually works in a hospital, home or Old Age home environment and provide care to the elderly or old age patients. Internationally they may be called by similar names such as Elderly Care Attendants, Geriatric Nursing Aides or Patient Care Assistants.
Certificate in Phlebotomy Assistance (CPHA) – The Phlebotomy Assistant program is a short duration skill based training program, with an objective to develop a pool of trained workforce which can be employed by diagnostic or healthcare service providers to assist medical laboratory technologist or pathologist.
Certificate in Home Health Assistance (CHHA) – A Home Health Assistant (HHA) can be defined as a trained and certified health-care worker who provides assistance to a patient in the home with personal care (as hygiene and exercise) and light household duties (as meal preparation) and one who monitors the patient’s condition.