National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) undertook the colossal task of developing Competency Based Assessment and Training (CBT&A) packages to certify allied health professionals of the Armed Forces. For this purpose, the NUMS Allied Health Certification Program (NAHCP) was started under the ambit of the Army TVET Regime (ATR). The aim behind NAHCP was to train and certify a competent and quality healthcare workforce in accordance with national and international standards. Lieutenant General Wasim Alamgir, HI (M), Vice Chancellor NUMS and university staff facilitated and supported this initiative.
The first batch of the Healthcare Assistant (Nursing) course was part of the ATR pilot project and trained 408 military and civil armed forces personnel per CBT&A methodology. Certificate award ceremony for the successful students was held in December 2022, graced by (then) Surgeon General/Director General Medical Services (Inter-Services) Lieutenant General Nigar Johar, HI (M).
For the first time in the history of AMC, all nursing recruits passing out from AMC School and Centre underwent Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course. Lieutenant General Mohsin Muhammad Qureshi, HI (M), Surgeon General/Director General Medical Services (Inter-Services), distributed certificates amongst the successful military and civil armed forces technicians in the Certificate Award Ceremony held at AMC School and Centre in March 2023.
ATR was envisaged for roll-out in four phases, and its third phase is currently in progress. Until now, NUMS has successfully developed and rolled out 13 CBT&A courses for general nursing and specialty trades. Similarly, an affiliation of 31 Combined Military Hospitals and Armed Forces Institutes across Pakistan has been carried out for ATR implementation and quality assurance of training.
ATR will undoubtedly bring about a paradigm shift in training for the better in-service utility of HR and incentivize them by enhancing post-retirement rehabilitation potential and prospects.
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