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Programmes and Activities







Research & Medical Capability Development:





Clinician Scientist Career Scheme (CSCS)




CSCS is a research manpower development programme aimed at developing research capabilities of clinicians to contribute to excellence in research innovations and improvement in patient care, delivery and outcomes, and compete successfully for the National Medical Research Council (NMRC) Transition Award (TA) within the next 2 to 3 years. The scheme provides a research career development path for clinicians in NHG who are interested in embarking on a career in research. With effect from FY2018, the scheme is jointly funded with NTU/LKCMedicine.



As at end FY2017, 9 out of 11 awardees had completed their research programmes.  Their achievements include receipt of the prestigious NMRC Transition Awards, NMRC Clinician Scientist Award and NMRC Research Training Fellowship.


In FY2017, the awardees also managed to clinch 5 follow-on grants from various agencies. 






Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress (SHBC)



SHBC is a major scientific event for both local and foreign healthcare practitioners from the Asia Pacific Region. The main objective is to create a platform for clinicians, investigators and scientists to discuss important scientific issues and research, and share best practices.



The two-and-a-half-day conference held on attracted over 4,000 local & overseas participants which included medical doctors, clinician scientists, academics, nurses and allied healthcare professionals. Over 140 distinguished speakers participated in 23 Scientific Tracks, 1 Satellite Symposium and 4 Symposiums and Keynote sessions. Close to 600 abstracts were received in the annual Scientific Competition.





Consultancy Services on Clinical Research in Primary Care




The objective of this scheme is to engage established international researchers as Research Advisors to provide research expertise to build research capabilities and nurture a research culture in National Healthcare Group Polyclinics (NHGP).


In FY2017, 2 research workshops were conducted for NHGP staff. There was also a successful NHG Clinician-Scientist Preparatory Programme (CSPP) application. In addition, 24 NHGP staff including Family Physicians and nurses received guidance on their research projects.





Research Ethics Conference (REC)




The main objective of the Combined Research Ethics Conference, with Clinical Ethics Network + Research Ethics Support (CENTRES) and SingHealth Centralised Institutional Review Board (CIRB), is to provide the members of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), IRB administrators, researchers and clinical research professionals an educational / training platform for: sharing of knowledge and best practices in research ethics and research conduct; sharing of knowledge and best practices in human subject protection and responsible conduct of research; and to provide updates and allow for discussion on clinical research / trials regulations.


NHG RDO had previously organized the Asia Pacific Research Ethics Conference (APREC) which was organized in collaboration with the US-based Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), first held in 2010 and subsequently in 2012 and 2014. Now, the conference would be organized in collaboration with CENTRES and SingHealth CIRB, with a focus on Singapore based regulations and the local context.



Themed ‘Collaborating for Progress, Promoting Safe & Efficient Research’, Singapore Research Ethics Conference (SREC) 2018 explored how research oversight systems and Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) could ensure adequate protections for subjects through balancing the need for efficient administration with legal and ethical requirements. 


The conference was held on 01 & 02 March 2018, with 354 delegates and 38 speakers, consisting of regulators, IRB members/administrators, researchers, clinical research coordinators, research administrators, academics and clinical research professionals, from the industry who attended the conference.


The conference was timely in bringing clinical research professionals and stakeholders across Singapore together to collectively raise the bar of research ethics, quality and practice. It was positively received and a resounding success.





Palliative Care Centre for Excellence in Research & Education (PalC)



PalC is a dedicated centre for the development of comprehensive training programmes for palliative care that meet the needs of acute, sub-acute and long-term care settings, and also palliative care training programmes for allied health professionals and volunteers. In addition, PalC also aims to conduct strategic research that can be translated into effective clinical practices, educational strategies and policies to address the gaps faced in end-of-life care.



To garner grants for supporting research work and produce scientific publications on palliative care related topics.


To run courses in Basic Palliative Care Nursing and End-of-life Nursing Education, as well as specialist courses on research, ethics and geriatric palliative care.


Health Manpower and Talent Development:





Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP)




The objective of HMDP is to train/develop healthcare professionals to take on higher level jobs to meet the strategic manpower needs of NHG cluster.


A total of 65 awards were given for HMDP in FY2017.  These awardees will be trained in their specialized field in medical, nursing, allied health and administration.  Through these specialized trainings, they will be able to deepen their skills and clinical knowledge, and to gain access to new skills / technology.  This will translate to the provision of better care to our patients and clients.





Postgraduate Self Development Award (PSDA)




PSDA provides financial assistance to NHG staff who wishes to pursue postgraduate studies in General Management in internationally renowned institutions.  NHG will provide partial sponsorship for the course fees, while the awardees will co-pay a percentage of the fees.



1 awardee for FY2017




NHG Management Scholarship (NMS)




NMS’s objective is to groom high potential staff to fill top clinical administrative and management positions.



No nominations received.




NHG Leaders Scholarship (NLS)




NLS is part of NHG’s talent cultivation effort to attract and groom a core of top-rate administrators for NHG. NLS awardees will pursue postgraduate studies in General or Healthcare Management at internationally renowned universities.



No nominations received.