DHCA is the first health authority in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to recognise OET as proof of English proficiency for healthcare professionals who have had their medical and health sciences education in languages other than English.
DHCC, the world’s largest healthcare zone, is regulated by the independent regulatory arm, Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulatory (DHCR), whose quality standards are accredited by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua).
As of February 2017, DHCC had close to 3,500 licensed professionals representing more than 90 countries, practicing across 120 specialties in the free zone’s hospitals, outpatient medical centers and diagnostic laboratories.
Dr Ramadan AlBlooshi, CEO, DHCR, said, “With an increasing number of patients from across nationalities receiving treatment within Dubai Healthcare City, the regulatory body has stressed the importance for healthcare professionals to be proficient in English to communicate effectively and ensure a high standard of care and safety.”
“We are continuously working to develop policies which will enhance our patient-doctor relationships and ensure quality healthcare services. In this context, OET is an important tool as the language test is tailored for healthcare professionals. All healthcare graduates who have not been educated in English will need to obtain Grade C in OET to apply to work in Dubai Healthcare City,” added Dr AlBlooshi.
OET assesses writing, reading, listening and speaking skills using real healthcare scenarios, such as calming a distressed patient, showing empathy or writing a referral letter. This ensures that healthcare professionals who have passed OET are proficient in the level of English required in the healthcare workplace.
OET CEO, Sujata Stead, said, “We are delighted to sign this agreement. Safety and quality of care are at the heart of OET and Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulatory has demonstrated its commitment to both patient safety and high quality care by ensuring their healthcare professionals are able to communicate effectively in English. We are delighted that OET candidates will now be able to use their results to apply to practise in Dubai Healthcare City.”
Pictured: Sujata Stead, CEO of OET with Dr AlBlooshi, DHCA CEO (left) and Dr Al Hammadi, Director of Professional Licensing (right).