Health Related Collaborations

HealthServe routinely receives requests by groups and individuals who wish to serve the health needs of migrant workers in Singapore, and utilise their technical skills in health-related fields.

Typical requests include:

  •  Health screening events
  • Health education events
  • Specialist doctors to run a specialist clinic in HealthServe
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) staff service opportunities
  • Service learning for students in Junior College (JC), tertiary education institutions

Evaluating and responding to requests such as these requires HealthServe to balance multiple imperatives:

  • To advance the health and welfare of MWs
  • To engage the Singaporean community
  • To ensure projects and programs are technically sound
  • To focus HealthServe’s limited resources on sustained longitudinal programmes

Where possible, we prefer new groups and volunteers to supporting existing programmes through existing schemes.

Opportunities

Health Screening

Health screening programmes will only be considered where there is reasonable expectation of health benefit, and rigorous programme design.

When designed well, health screening can be valuable health improvement strategy. However, health screening events are resource-intensive; and when designed without reference to best practices, can be of limited benefit, actively harmful, and raise pragmatic and ethical complications.
Elements which we look for in a proposal include:

  • Justification for the screening approach, based on experience, literature review, or a de novo needs analysis
  • Programme design informed by screening norms, occurrence of the condition of interest, test characteristics (sensitivity and specificity), follow-up plans for participants screened positive and negative
  • Monitoring and evaluation plan
  • Continuity / sustainability plan

Health Education
Events

Health education events will only be considered where there is reasonable expectation of health benefit, and rigorous programme design.

 As for health screening, when designed well, health education can be valuable health improvement strategy. However, health screening events are resource-intensive; and when designed without reference to best practices, can be of limited benefit, actively harmful, and raise pragmatic and ethical complications.

 Elements which we look for in a proposal include:

  • Justification for the health education approach, based on experience, literature review, or a de novo needs analysis
  • Programme design informed by conceptual framework for the health education topic, understanding of baseline knowledge/attitudes/behaviours in relation to the topic, type of health education / behaviour change strategy, cultural contextualisation
  • Monitoring and evaluation plan
  • Continuity / sustainability plan

Specialist Doctors

Specialist doctors may consider serving in the following ways

  1. Join HealthServe’s general doctor pool
    You will be added to the roster, and expected to perform general primary care consultations.

  2. Join HealthServe’s in-house specialist clinics
    E.g. Dermatology, Orthopaedics clinics in HealthServe premises, on specified days.
     
  3. Consider starting a in-house specialist clinic service
    Considerations will include whether relevant caseload justifies displacing a general clinic slot, and whether licensing and logistics considerations permit implementation (e.g. insufficient case load for a cardiology clinic, no slit-lamp available for a specialist ophthalmology clinic)
     
  4. Be a designated referral partner (see below)

Designated Referral Partners

We seek medical specialists and other health service providers (e.g. counselling, physiotherapy, occupational therapy) to be placed on our panel for selected referrals from the general HealthServe clinics to your own practice.

There will be pre-defined cap for number of cases per month, defined inclusion and exclusion criteria, and negotiated charges (E.g. pro bono or discounted consultations).

Typically, appointments will be organized between the HealthServe clinic manager and your clinic’s designated point of contact, then patients would be accompanied by HealthServe staff or interns to the appointment at your own practice.


Medical Interpretation and Translation

We seek interpreters and translators, particularly for Bengali and Tamil, for HealthServe clinic operations as well as accompanying patients to specialist appointments and other casework issues.


Quality Improvement (QI) Projects

HealthServe volunteers with some experience in clinic operations anchor several small workgroups e.g. review of chronic disease management in the HealthServe clinic, workflows optimisation.


New Services

HealthServe is open to considering launching new areas of health-related services, e.g. in areas of community mental health, sexual health, art therapy, peer health promotion.

 Elements which we look for in a proposal include:

  • Justification for the service
  • Sound programme design
  • Resources needed from within and outside to HealthServe
  • Monitoring and evaluation plan
  • Continuity / sustainability plan

Research

HealthServe has a track record in research (http://www.healthserve.org.sg/what-we-do/).
We seek collaborators, particularly with public health, social sciences, and political science backgrounds, to grow our portfolio.


Education

HealthServe organises routine and ad-hoc education events which aim to equip staff, interns and volunteers to serve more effectively, and to promote a culture of learning and evidence-based practice within the organisation.

 We seek collaborators to organise or deliver education events.


If you'd like to chat to us regarding any of the above collaborations please email volunteer@healthserve.org.sg with your area of interest.