A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Singapore Health Services (SingHealth) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) to advance pre-hospital emergency care and training for paramedics in Singapore.
On its Facebook page, SCDF said that the signing ceremony between Professor Ivy Ng, Group Chief Executive Officer of SingHealth and Commissioner Eric Yap was witnessed by Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security.
Under the MOU, SCDF paramedics will undergo attachments at the emergency departments of Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) to strengthen their clinical skills and competencies.
SCDF said that in addition, a select group of senior paramedics will undergo a Train-the-Trainer programme to be trained as clinical instructors and educators. To support the professional development of paramedic educators, a first-ever national paramedic educator training programme will also be jointly developed by SingHealth and SCDF.
Commissioner Eric Yap said, “Beyond clinical care, the MOU underscores a long-term partnership in education and research that will enable
SCDF to further enhance its ‘geriatric’-ready Emergency Medical Services to address the evolving needs of our community.”