PureHealth, the largest healthcare platform in the Middle East, has honoured the first cohort of its Emirati Development Programme, which provided leadership training to 50 PureHealth employees at Park Hyatt Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi. The programme is part of PureHealth’s initiative to enhance the skills of UAE National employees within the organisation and prepare them to lead the healthcare sector.

With a strong commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusivity within the PureHealth Group, solidifying its reputation as the employer of choice, the Emirati Development Centre will prioritise the upskilling of UAE National employees. This initiative exemplifies PureHealth’s unwavering dedication to realising Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, with a specific focus on fostering a highly skilled workforce comprising Emirati Nationals in the country. As part of the group's long-term commitment to develop 1,000 future Emirati leaders within the next five years, the Emirati Development Centre is a dedicated initiative to empower the Emirati workforce. This dedicated programme aims to give them a focused learning and development programme tailored to every individual to ensure their growth is maximised and they reach new heights by unlocking their potential.

During the event, Shaista Asif, PureHealth's Group Chief Operating Officer, congratulated and welcomed the 50 graduates in an introductory address which was followed by a word from Rashid Al Qubaisi, Chief Corporate Officer of PureHealth on the aspirations of the center for future participants.  His Excellency Matar Saeed Rashed Al Nuaimi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre handed over the Certificates to the graduate.

Shaista Asif, Group Chief Operating Officer of PureHealth, said: “PureHealth’s Emirati Development Centre reflects our commitment to empower Emirati talents specially women. We have proactively invested in the growth and professional advancement of the current graduates, equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary to lead the healthcare sector in the future. By nurturing and supporting the next generation of Emirati leaders, we commit to supporting the national efforts to elevate the calibre of the native workforce.”

PureHealth’s Emirati Development Centre has adopted the principles of The Development Edge (TDE), created by notable Harvard faculties Dr. Robert Kegan and Dr. Lisa Lahey, who employ their developmental sprint model to foster talent, drive revenues, rise to new challenges and accelerate professional growth.

Rashed Al Qubaisi, Chief Corporate Officer of PureHealth, said: “Having witnessed the establishment of the UAE as an emerging global hub for healthcare and life sciences, we have created a programme that is tailored to meet the Emirati workforce aspirations, enable them to leverage their strengths as well as enhance their efficiency and productivity. We aspire to maintain PureHealth’s position as a catalyst for positive transformation in the healthcare industry.”

From more than 200 applications, 50 Emirati professionals were selected for the first cohort, with more than 75% of the graduates of the first cohort being women.

The second cohort of the PureHealth Emirati Development Centre is set to commence by August 2023 and will target more than 130 Individuals. The programme will focus on targeted learning and development interventions across three segments of talent: Leader of Self, Leader of Others and Leader of Leaders.

This tailored approach to identify and nurture top talent will shape a rich pool of successors to future leadership roles as well as develop young talent through structured projects and assignments in core functional domains in addition to broader management and leadership areas to develop a sustainable stream of future Emirati healthcare leaders.

PureHealth is committed to transforming the healthcare sector in the UAE and beyond by improving lifespans and health spans – helping people live longer, healthier, happier and fuller lives. Committed to the science of longevity, PureHealth leverages technology and data to improve the healthcare ecosystem and patient outcomes, and the welfare and capabilities of its staff.