Induction programme for healthcare workers in Sierra Leone

Nurses in a classroom at the School of Midwifery, Sierra Leone

This main objectives of this programme are:

  • To establish a platform or forum for a more formal and effective information sharing process across the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
  • To share with new employees the prevailing organisational philosophy and culture including adherence to clinical and non-clinical protocols.
  • To provide stress management skills and identify district psychosocial support focal persons in district hospitals.

CMNH designed and facilitated a 5-day induction programme for healthcare workers in Sierra Leone. The programme is being run in four provinces, Western, Eastern, Southern, Northern, with an inital 100 employees from each regoin attending. This included both clinical and non-clinical staff. 

The programme is run and managed by the human resources directorate at Ministry of Health & Sanitation (MoHS). MoHS initially asked staff on grades 3-10 to take part in the induction. Once evaluated and adopted, the programme will be regularly run twice a year.

CMNH provided technical expertise to design and facilitate specific sessions during each of the four induction programmes. The sessions to which CMNH contributed are:

Lifesaving skills

CMNH has been training healthcare workers in emergency obstetric care and life saving skills in Sierra Leone, using a skills and drills approach, since 2009 in the Making it Happen Programme. Participants will have training in basic adult life support and newborn resuscitation which follows international guidelines. CMNH is currently working with MoHS on the in-service capacity building programme and the lifesaving skills component of this will be used for consistency in the induction programme.

CMNH technical officers will develop the teaching aids needed for the training and facilitate both the theoretical and practical components of the training.

Managing work place stress

In 2015 CMNH worked with MoHS and the Ministry of Social Welfare on a situational analysis of workplace stress amongst healthcare workers. Part of the study entailed a 1.5 day training programme on recognising and managing work place stress. A modified version of this workshop will be developed, enabling healthcare workers to recognise and manage work place stressors, including training on resilience and mindfulness. 

In addition, CMNH will train human resources staff to administer and analyse a questionnaire on risk factors for work place stress to all participants at the induction programmes (estimated 400 participants).