With support from the WHO, ThinkWell is conducting a study to develop a primary care competency certification framework and a corresponding tool to certify primary care health workers. As part of the study, we are mapping the current state of primary care delivery in the Philippines, developing options for primary care provider models for the Philippines based on global best practices, creating and piloting primary care provider competency assessment tools, and designing a primary care provider certification framework. Our study will help ensure that the Department of Health is prepared to certify primary care providers to deliver services in primary care facilities, as mandated under the country’s Universal Health Care (UHC) Law.
Breaking New Ground
Our work consolidates and aligns initiatives that the Health Human Resource Development Bureau of the Philippine Department of Health has led to clarify and re-shape the traditional roles of health care workers in front-line health facilities, particularly in the public sector. More importantly, this work paves the way to ensure that primary health care services be prioritized and institutionalized.
ThinkWell is working to ensure that when the UHC Law is implemented in 2020, the Philippines will have certification tool to help identify and certify primary care providers who are equipped to deliver an expanded primary care benefit package for all Filipinos.
ThinkWell is reviewing existing studies and documents that articulate important health care worker competencies. Our work aligns with the goal for primary health care services in the Philippines to be high-quality, efficient, and accessible to all.
Our research has uncovered primary care delivery models that are potentially applicable in various settings in the Philippines. In addition, we identified and validated essential competencies for primary care health workers. Finally, we proposed a certification framework and tool that was pilot tested in selected primary care facilities.