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Second Cohort of Healthcare Workers Gets Leadership Certification

Feb. 23, 2024


Kingston, Jamaica, Friday, February 23, 2024: Thirty-Nine (39) healthcare leaders from across Jamaica’s four regional health authorities and the University Hospital of the West Indies have successfully completed a professional leadership training programme developed through a collaboration between the Ministry of Health & Wellness and the University of Technology Jamaica.

The graduates were presented with their Professional Certification in Healthcare Administration and Leadership and special awards during a ceremony held at Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston earlier today.

The programme is aimed at meeting the leadership training needs for healthcare workers and senior health management personnel across Jamaica’s public healthcare system. Today’s 39 graduates will be joining an additional 37 who graduated from the programme in 2022, taking the total number healthcare leaders trained to 76.

Having completed the six-month training course conducted virtually by the College of Health Science at Utech Jamaica, they are now poised to strengthen the managerial and leadership administration across the nation’s healthcare system.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dunstan Bryan, highlighted the importance of programmes like these toward achieving the Government’s Vision For Health 2030 Plan.


Having benefitted from this important leadership programme, I think you have a unique opportunity to provide leadership to your respective sphere -- the kind of leadership that is focused on change and impact. Don’t underestimate your potential to be transformational- without strong leadership at all levels of the healthcare sector, we will not achieve our collective goals and objectives, as articulated in the Vision For Health 2030,’’ the Permanent Secretary said.

Mr. Bryan also announced that the Ministry of Health and Wellness will be extending the current agreement with the University of Technology Jamaica for another five years, with the aim of training an additional five cohorts of healthcare leaders.

For his part, President of the University of Technology Jamaica, Dr. Kevin Brown, charged the healthcare leaders to become change agents to enable greater effectiveness in the delivery of public healthcare services.

“I am really happy that UTECH has been extending its resources and has endeavored in this partnership with the MOHW to help to advance our nation with transformational thinkers who will become innovators in the healthcare sector. As new strategic thinkers in Jamaica’s healthcare system, I urge our graduates to go out and make a difference as we strive for the improvement of Jamaica’s health sector,” he said.