SKMC's Psychiatric Rehabilitation Unit gains international recognition

ABU DHABI, 6th October, 2015 (WAM) — The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Unit at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, SKMC, has been recognised as a World Association for Psycho-social Rehabilitation, WAPR, Collaborating Centre for Training and Research, demonstrating the unit’s dedication to leading psychiatric care.

The WAPR recognises global leaders in the field of psychiatry to form a strong information exchange centre, enabling the sharing of quality research and best practices from around the world.

Dr. Maha Al Ameri, Director of the Behaviour Science Pavilion at SKMC, said, “The recent recognition from WAPR is an important achievement for our facility as it testifies our patient-centred quality care and expertise in the field. This prestigious achievement will provide our highly-qualified physicians, nurses and members of the psychiatric rehabilitation care with quality information resources from around the world, ensuring the team is constantly up-to-date on the best practices, and the latest scientific research. This will help make certain the best decisions are made with our patients.”

WAPR is a non-governmental organisation, with consultative status in the World Health Organization, the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and the International Labour Office. The organisation maintains close relations with the European Commission, the African Rehabilitation Institute, and many other international agencies.

Dr. Medhat Elsabbahy, Consultant Psychiatrist, Head of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Department of SKMC, and Deputy Vice President for the WAPR Eastern Mediterranean region, said, “In achieving the medical centre’s vision of providing our community with a healthier, and more productive life, SKMC’s psychiatric rehabilitation department is consistently making efforts to educate the public, as well as our dedicated and passionate medical staff, on important developments in the field of psychiatry to continuously improve our psychiatric patient care.”