Our Vision: To be the provider of choice of learning and training in the community care sector
Community Training Institute (CTI) strives to drive the development of the community care sector and the training of its staff. It embarks on this agenda with quality education and community sector partners. With the breadth and depth of services provided by KWSH, ranging from residential care to day care, home care and even TCM services, CTI together with its partners add value to trainees with hands-on blended training programmes, which are contextualised to suit the community care sector.
In collaboration with its partners, CTI provides courses which cover clinical and non-clinical areas.
Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital (KWSH) is one of the Agency for Integrated Care’s (AIC) appointed Learning Institutes (LIs) in developing, delivering and administering training courses for the community care sector. KWSH is also a member of the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL) Learning Enterprise Alliance that is committed to strategic adoption of learning and innovation for work and at work for continuous performance improvement.
We aim to be the provider of choice for learning and training in the sector through the development and delivery of quality and affordable training.
In Singapore, the number of Singaporeans aged 65 and above is projected to double to 900,000 by 2030. The Community Care sector’s workforce is projected to grow from about 13,000 in FY2017 to 18,000 in FY2019. With such a rapidly ageing society and demand for healthcare staff, a paradigm shift is required in the way we attract, develop and retain well-trained community care staff to support person-centered care and ageing-in-place. Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital (KWSH) is Singapore’s largest single-site nursing home. With plans to build three additional eldercare facilities by 2021 – one nursing home and two community care centres, the establishment of the Community Training Institute (CTI), as part of the Regional Community Health System (Central), will not only boost its internal manpower capability development needs, but also contribute to uplifting the skills and capabilities of healthcare providers to deliver quality care in the community care sector.
To meet CTI’s expanded mandate, KWSH has proactively formed strategic partnerships with 14 tertiary institutions; 3 Community Care providers; 2 commercial training partners; 2 social enterprises as well as 2 government agencies to advocate best practices and innovations in healthcare learning and training. Such partnerships are timely as CTI is able to test-bed and refine learning innovations, which can then be proliferated through the CTI to benefit the healthcare eco-system. Together with its partners, CTI is able to provide a comprehensive range of training programmes that are specifically tailored to the needs of the Community Care sector. In order to keep the course fees affordable, KWSH can seek training grants from AIC and other government agencies for the benefit of the whole sector.
1Singapore Institute of Technology, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, NUS Centre for Health Informatics, Alzheimer’s Disease Association, HCA Hospice Care, O’Joy Care Services, Parkway College, inlingua School of Languages, COSEM Safety & Security Pte, Facilitators Network Singapore, Kaizen Co-operative, Institute for Adult Learning, Agency for Integrated Care
With the recent integration between health and social care, the learning needs for the Community Care sector have become more diverse with greater demand for a broader range of courses. To meet these needs, CTI has defined a structured approach and is working with its partners to develop and curate training programmes in the areas of Nursing and Care Support; Inter-Professional; Healthcare Innovations; Leadership and Management.
KWSH recognises that all staff will benefit from a broader, richer, multi-disciplinary and collaborative learning experience and CTI strives to play a key role in the learning space. Other future plans will include seeding of Faculty of Practices, Workplace Learning practices, Knowledge-Enabled system and processes for the sector.