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Opportunities for Simulation-based training in Indian skill development sector.

This article is written by Dr. Chaitanya Kotapati

I have made the following observations during my last visit to India in January 2018, and these observations are a result of my consultations with respected officials and stakeholders in the skill development sector in healthcare in India during my last visit.

1.       Skill development in the healthcare sector has got excellent business potential in India at all levels including urban, regional and remote areas.

2.       The top bureaucrats and politicians demonstrate the genuine interest and willingness to invest and boost the skills in this sector.

3.       The central government initiatives including trauma support centers for every fifty kilometers distance and dedicated trauma centers at every district level facility would be a fantastic project once they are fully operational. These initiatives will be seen as an outstanding model in trauma care for densely populated nations in other parts of the world.

4.       The willingness of Indian government to deliver healthcare packages to disadvantaged citizens showcases the commitment from the Indian government to improve the overall nation's health.

5.       Simulation training in healthcare is a novel but not entirely new concept that is widely understood in urban India mainly by the trained health professionals. Many of the low-level applications of simulation techniques using mannequins are already well used in the urban health sector, but mostly in private health sector.

6.       There is real scope for simulation training for developing the primary responder skill set in trauma situations as well as non-trauma settings across India

7.       There is also a substantial role and applicability for simulation-based training in life-saving skills and trauma resuscitation in non-health industries like offshore mining, high altitude tourism, and festival gatherings.

8.       Healthcare industry can work with Redcross to reach the regional and rural as well as remote sectors and develop the skill base and resilience needed to survive in such settings with limited access to healthcare.

9.       Education and skill development industry is a successful business model in India in many two tiers and almost all the tier-1 cities.

Gaps in the Healthcare skills industry.

·       Skill development sector in Healthcare, however, lags behind OECD countries by around fifteen years.

·       The disconnect between public and private healthcare sectors manifests as an unfillable void causing public healthcare sector dysfunction outside major cities.

·       The power to make valid changes that could promote equity in healthcare delivery all over India lies in the hands of few people only at a higher level. This power could be a combination of political, financial and industrial power. However, India is moving at a steady pace in the right direction and sometimes even at a considerable speed in private sector.

·       The real opportunity for external and foreign players in healthcare sector who could expedite the change process is not entirely visible to interested players.

·       The government is lax in the regulatory processes that govern the accreditation processes and capabilities of private healthcare facilities In India.

Some recent developments in health care skills industry in India.

1.       NSDA – National Skill Development Agency is playing a pivotal role in developing vocational training courses in India.

2.       Individual organizations have started to invest in large scale in the Indian skill development industry

3.       Simulation training centers in healthcare have been set up in places like Chennai, Hyderabad, and Bangalore. Almost all of these centers are private centers.

4.       Mater Foundation, Brisbane, Australia commenced their joint project in simulation training in Hyderabad in partnership with a private group of doctors( currently in business agreement stages).

The realistic opportunities that could arise for the joint programs with Redcross-

1.       Private investors with simulation training capabilities should be encouraged to partner with Redcross to facilitate delivery of training courses for primary responders.

2.       Healthcare technology industry should be encouraged to invest in training and development of trauma facilities all over India.

3.       Foreign investors, both small and big players should be encouraged to become partners in the development of skill development industry in the healthcare sector in India.

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