Be A Part of The World-Class Healthcare System
Singapore is a popular destination for many international patients seeking general healthcare and medical treatment. In the last years, over 400,000 international patients came to Singapore for medical treatment. It is an honour today that Singapore has established strong fundamentals in healthcare excellence and being the world’s 4th best healthcare infrastructure. This world’s best standard medical practice is a confidence that Singaporeans can hold on to as we move towards an ageing population and changing disease patterns.
With growing demands in healthcare and continuous maintenance of a world-class standard in medical practice, the Ministry of Health has projected that about 20,000 more healthcare professionals would be needed by 2020.
The range of jobs in the healthcare arena are vast.
As doctors practising in Singapore, you must hold a degree from a university, a postgraduate medical qualification recognised by the Singapore Medical Council or a specialist qualification accredited by Singapore’s Specialists Accreditation Board. Doctors should behave professionally and always maintain their composure so patients feel safe in their care. Empathy and compassion are required and the doctor’s attentiveness would convey a genuine interest in ensuring the patients’ well-being. Doctors must have up-to-date medical knowledge and make good decisions when treating their patients.
Nurses must be registered with the Singapore Nursing Board and possess a valid Practising Certificate. They assist doctors in playing a good support role for their patients. They should be non-judgmental and exercise a high degree of emotional intelligence so patients feel comfortable in their care. In addition, they should be patient-centric and be equipped with sufficient medical knowledge and practical experience to deliver a certain quality of care to patients.
Pharmacists need to be registered with Singapore Pharmacy Council. To be effective, a pharmacist needs to have a good memory for drugs and their side-effects. This is critical since drugs dispensed wrongly can have serious repercussions on a patient’s health. In addition, a pharmacist needs to be accurate in interpreting prescriptions and be knowledgeable, detailed and informative when it comes to patients’ medication.
Allied Health Professionals need to be registered with the Allied Health Professions Council and possess a valid Practising Certificate. Some of the positions under this category include:
- Medical Social Workers – They need to be passionate in their work and have the relevant specialised training and knowledge. Courage, flexibility and creativity are also crucial since they are constantly dealing with complex problems that usually concern people.
- Occupational Therapists – Interpersonal and communication skills are vital because patients need to articulate their feelings and symptoms before the occupational therapists can come up with appropriate therapies. Occupational therapists should be driven in providing patients with adequate emotional support and in solving their problems.
- Physiotherapists – Physiotherapists should be patient-centric and holistic in their assessment of patients. When working out a solution, they need to find out about other issues that could be contributing to the problem. Physiotherapists should be well-connected so they can refer their patients to medical specialists when required. In addition, they should always be firm on the treatment that the patient needs.
Whichever specialised medical field you may be in, there is always a place for you in this world-class healthcare system. Be a part of this instrumental role in ensuring that the Singaporean population continues to “live well, live long and with peace of mind”.