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UWI Experts discuss Healthcare Quality in Trinidad and Tobago

For Release Upon Receipt - April 19, 2018

St. Augustine

Models for Best Practice

The University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS) is gathering experts for a much needed discussion on quality in healthcare on Saturday 21st April, 2018. The symposium under the theme Healthcare quality in Trinidad and Tobago – Models for Best Practice takes place from 8am to 5pm at the University Inn and Conference Centre, St. Augustine Circular Road.

The healthcare symposium which aims to engage and educate health professionals and other key stakeholders in the sector will feature local, regional and international speakers from various disciplines. They will address matters of quality in healthcare policy and systems, education and patient care and diagnostic services.

Keynote speaker is Dr Joshua Tepper, Chief Executive Officer of Health Quality Ontario – the provincial advisor of the quality of health in Ontario. The organisation’s mandate includes monitoring and reporting on the performance of Ontario’s health system, providing guidance on important quality issues, assessing evidence to determine optimal care and patient engagement. 

Other feature speakers include Mr Daylin Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, North Central Regional Health Authority; Professor Joseph Brandy, School of Medicine, UWI Mona and Dr Steve Weaver, School of Nursing, UWI Mona who will address Health System Quality, Quality in Clinical Education and Quality in Nursing and Clinical Practice respectively.

The Faculty of Medical Sciences expects to develop recommendations for the Ministry of Health and the Regional Health Authorities responsible for the delivery of public health services. According to Professor Terence Seemungal, Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, UWI St. Augustine “We have recognized the need to widen the conversation. Quality in health is not simply the responsibility of a single Quality Officer but rather is one that is shared among those who determine organizational objectives, resource allocation and utilization. In order to achieve quality outcomes in health, clinical, technical and administrative professionals should be required to meet policy-guided quality indicators that and informed by best practice. Such efforts require ongoing collaboration and dialogue between health professionals, technical staff, patient advocates, health administrators, educators and researchers.”

Health professionals, administrators, tertiary level students and interested members of the public are welcome to attend the symposium. Registration costs TT $500 and interested persons may contact the secretariat at for more information.



About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. The UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)