In the Proceedings of the IAHCP 26th Annual Scientific Meeting and Conference, Blackpool, UK, 18 – 21 July 2015
Promoting Excellence in Patient Care and Education: The Work of the International Association of Health Care Professionals (IAHCP) – A Welcome Message, by Dr Ahmed Al-Kuwaiti
In his welcome message, Dr Ahmed Al-Kuwaiti, IAHCP Trustee/Director, Regional President for the Middle East and Asian Region, and Editorial Board member of the various IAHCP Medical journals, informed the conference that the International Association of Health Care Professionals (IAHCP) is a membership organisation for multidisciplinary healthcare professionals, which encourages research and educational organisation activities for healthcare professionals worldwide.
Dr Al-Kuwaiti also informed the conference that the aim of the association is to encourage and maintain the highest standards of patient care and education and act as the 'voice' of healthcare professionals on education, training and standards issues. He further informed conference that the association was founded in 1957, and the IAHCP continues to be a growing organisation with an outstanding record of achievements.
He pointed out that milestones in the association’s history include the establishment of education and research training in healthcare issues, the setting up of clinical guidelines for clinicians, the expansion of research into multidisciplinary healthcare and the promotion of primary and secondary care.
The conference noted that the IAHCP is a network of around 110,000 individual healthcare professional memberships and up to 263,000 organisational memberships from up to 209 countries and territories worldwide, making a total membership of about 375,000 as at June 2015. The IAHCP individual and organisational memberships are committed to improving patient care and education, developing their own skills and developing medical practice that meets public demands and expectations.
Dr Al-Kuwaiti emphasised that the IAHCP operations and activities are undertaken in various countries, where the Council and committee members and partners are based, these include Turkey, Germany, Lithuania, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries. It was further noted that since 1957, the operations of the IAHCP activities are governed by its By-Laws and Policies. The conference was informed that the IAHCP Council and Committees agreed for its activities to be expanded to Europe and the UK during the 1980s. In 1983, it was agreed for the activities of the IAHCP to be extended to the UK and for the organisation to be registered as a company limited by guarantee by 2008. It was made clear that this was approved by the UK Secretary of state in November 2007, with company registration number in England and Wales as 6427550. The registered address is 88–90 Hatton Garden, London, EC1N 8PG, UK. Since the new millennium, the IAHCP membership and activities continues to increase, and there has been emphasis by the Council to continue to promote and support Community Healthcare and Education Services Worldwide in various communities internationally.
The important information that IAHCP has an extensive network of international groups called 'regional groups' which provide a local focus for healthcare professionals throughout the world was outlined to the conference thus:
In addition the important message that the Association aims to serve as the delegates’ competent and reliable partner in promoting excellence in patient care and education globally was emphasised. The fact that the IAHCP staff will always welcome members with friendly and attentive service was also pointed out.
Finally, conference was informed that for more information about the work of the IAHCP, they should visit the Association’s Website at: www.iahcp.org.uk.
Correspondence: Dr Ahmed Al-Kuwaiti, IAHCP Trustee/Director, Regional President for Middle East and Asia and IAHCP Publications Editorial Board Member
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