Historical back ground of Amanuel Mental Specialized Hospital

Historical background of Amanuel Mental Specialized Hospital

Amanuel Mental Specialized Hospital is one of the federal Hospitals located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The hospital was established by Italian invaders in 1930 E.C.

The Hospital has been serving as the only public specialized Mental hospital since 1948E. In addition to providing clinical service, the hospital has been delivering different types of long-term and short-term training for health professionals. The hospital had been delivering a Basic Psychiatry Nursing program in collaboration with the World Health Organization from 1985 to 2015. The hospital also had been running a Master’s program in Integrated Clinical and Community Mental Health jointly with the University of Gondar from 2010 to 2019. Proving capacity-building training for health professionals working in primary health care was also one of the duties which had been undertaken by the hospital. Accordingly, the hospital had been providing training on the MhGAP program for primary health care providers inside and outside of Addis Ababa, in collaboration with World Health Organizations. There were also different need-based pieces of training that were prepared and delivered by the hospital staff to non-mental health professionals working in Health centers under the Addis Ababa Health Bureau. As mentioned above, Amanuel Mental Specialized hospital is rich in training experiences.  This makes the hospital an appropriate and preferred place for training.

Vision and Mission Statement of the CPD Centre


To make the Continues Professional Development training center the leading and self-maintaining Center of excellence in training for Mental, Neurological, Substance use and other Psychiatric Co-morbidities by the year 2030 G.C.


To produce health professionals who are competent to deliver quality, standardized and comprehensive mental health services to people with Mental, Neurological and Substance use disorders. 

The Processes of CPD Service Provision

We will implement both category-1 and category-2 CPD modalities. This includes multiple modalities like:Self-Study, Face-to-face training, virtual training,case presentation, conference participations, and scholar activities (for further information refer to the CPD guideline and directives).

Overview of CPD

What is CPD?

Continues Professional Development is a range of learning activities through which health professionals maintain and develop throughout their career to ensure that they retain their capacity to practice safely, effectively and legally within their scope of practice.

Currently, CPD activities in Ethiopia are fragmented as there are no standardization, regulation and accreditation mechanisms. Besides, CPD activities have never been linked to re-licensure of health professionals. Hence, Ministry of Health believes that CPD should be systematically organized, tied to the relicensing system and occur in concerted with other developments in health care system to improve the quality of health services. Therefore, to set up a CPD system in the country whereby CPD is standardized, accredited and tied to re-licensure, FMOH has recently prepared and published a guideline with an implementation plan. The training guid3eline of our CPD unit follows the FMOH CPD guideline and its directives.

Why is CPD Important?

  • CPD benefits health professionals, organizations and the society as a whole.
  • Health professionals can become more competent, self-esteemed and satisfied which lead them for a better career aspiration.
  • Providing CPD approved learning opportunities for employees’ help organizations achieve goals and learn reputations through retention of seasoned staff and be lucrative in a competitive environment.
  • We will also ensure our community get better quality health care services.

Requirements for re-licensure

  • Collect 30 Continues Education Unit (CEU) per year for three years
  • Make sure you have 90 CEU at the end of third year to claim re licensure
  • Attend courses in accredited training centers
  • Make sure the training courses are accredited
  • Present evidence of training (CPD portfolio) to the licensing body

CPD points can be collected from various activities which are generally grouped into Category one I and II. Even though options are allowed to collect, category I activities are encouraged.

Category ICategory II
– Face to face
– E-learning
– Ethics
– Blended (face to face + e-learning)
– Research works
– Authoring health books
– Attending scientific conferences
– Document Development
– Workshop
– Panel discussion

The following are what Employees and Employers to do.

  1. Allocating time for CPD is individual’s responsibility/self-learning
  2. Identify the CPD requirements pertinent to the organization or something related to the practice.
  3. Organizations facilitate for their employees to attend CPD courses
  4. Provide quality service to the organization or to the society after the health care provider has been updated on the contemporary practice