REFERENCE MANUAL FOR PRECEPTORSHIP IN MIDWIFERY EDUCATION
Achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) four and five still remains a priority for the Government of Ghana. The Government’s commitment and action is outlined in the MDGs Acceleration Framework Country Action Plan (2010). In addition, the recent National Assessment for Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (November, 2011) highlighted a number of priorities for achieving continued progress in decreasing infant, child and maternal morbidity and mortality including but not limited to addressing the current shortage of midwives and also strengthening the implementation of evidence-based, life- saving interventions.
In support of these efforts, the Ministry of Health has prioritized Pre/Post Basic Education, especially in midwifery. This focus on midwifery training has seen the number of institutions almost doubling between 2010 and 2012. The increase in number of institutions and students required the adoption of tools and methodologies to assist the institutions to manage the process of education to ensure that students not only gain knowledge but more importantly practical skills and first-class attitude.
In 2012, the Human Resource for Health Development (HRHD) of the Ministry of Health operationalized a Pre/Post Basic Education unit to strengthen and provide support for the health training institutions’ activities. As part of these efforts, the Pre/Post Basic Education Unit of the HRHD has led the development of this reference manual to be used as an important management tool by Principals, Tutors and Preceptors in Midwifery education.
The Reference Manual for Preceptorship in Midwifery Education aims to support preceptors and students to acquire the best skills for quality, practical experience. Through the use of the manual, preceptors at the various hospitals and clinics will assist students to gain the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitude needed for best practices. Besides, there are tools and strategies for establishing and managing a preceptor programme, which will enable students to be placed with clinical preceptors to gain practical skills in a real clinical setting under supportive supervision.
It is envisaged that this commitment of producing highly competent new midwives with skills and clinical experience will reduce the cost and necessity for in-service training. In addition, these new midwives will join the national efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality through provision of high-quality care and prescription to life-saving interventions. Women, their children and families in Ghana will benefit from this great effort.
Hon. Rojo Mettle-Nunoo
Deputy Minister of Health
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