Why Compete When You Can Collaborate?

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In what is a first for the highly competitive Penang healthcare sector, private hospitals have come together to form the Allied Health Centre of Excellence to address a common problem – shoring up the skills of the nursing and allied health talent pool in the face of increasing clinical demands and generating a sufficient pool of experienced talent to counteract the outflow of talent.

IN AN UNEXPECTED move, five of the larger private hospitals in Penang have come together to form the Allied Health Centre of Excellence to enhance the competency of nurses and health professionals. From a concept which took shape in late 2008, the limited-by-guarantee company was officially incorporated in March 2010 and to date has taken 455 healthcare personnel through 14 different courses.

This scenario – competing private hospitals putting aside commercial agendas to create a platform for knowledge transfer – is promising. It highlights two pertinent points:

a) awareness of competent talent as a prerequisite for any successful industry; and


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