CRP has a strong commitment to training and believes that training plays a vital role if health care services in Bangladesh are to be strengthened and developed. At present, only a few health professionals in Bangladesh are trained adequately to provide appropriate treatment and rehabilitation.
In response to the lack of training facilities for health care professionals, BHPI was established in 1992 with the goal of producing highly skilled staff to work in health care provision and rehabilitation countrywide.
BHPI provides a number of nationally recognised training courses. These courses include BSc in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Diplomas, Laboratory Sciences and Radiography Diploma, Certificate in Education for Special Education and Diploma in Rehabilitation Nursing. All the courses run at the BHPI are recognised by their respective government departments.
Some other institutes in Bangladesh offer physiotherapy courses at various levels but the BHPI is the only institute in the country to offer a BSc in Occupational Therapy and BSc in Speech and Language Therapy program. CRP is constantly promoting these professions by lobbying and networking with the government to create posts and awareness of the value of such health professionals. However, one of the best ways for people to become aware of the value of these professions is to see them in practice. Successful examples of this are the student placements in different government hospitals and non-government hospitals such as Dhaka Medical College & Hospital (DMCH), National Institute of Cardio Vascular Diseases (NICVD), National Institute of Traumatology, Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation (NITOR), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) and Bangladesh Institute for the Rehabilitation of Diabetes Metabolic and Endrocine Disorders (BIRDEM). Even though the students are not fully qualified, they make a tremendous impact and can demonstrate how effective the multidisciplinary team can be.
From the occupational therapy placement at NIMH, CRP has received interest form different institutions and organisations who are interested in creating positions in the future, including Drug Rehabilitation Centres and the Schizophrenia Association.
To support research and clinical activities of staff and students, BHPI established the BHPI Library. The library offers a congenial atmosphere for silent reading, group study and research. The collection contains over 6000 books and 2000 journals (17 titles) on medical science, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, laboratory medicine, radiography, special education, speech and language therapy, nursing, social science, computer science and English language. In addition to the journals, the users also have free access to over 2000 journals via the internet provided by a World Health Organisation (WHO) initiative. Teaching aids including skeleton, bones, audio-visual materials, CD-ROMs and video cassettes are available.
The services provided by the library include:
- Internet lab
- Book borrowing facility
- Reading facility
- Photocopying services
- Guidance service
- Reference service
- Bibliographic service
- CAS service (Current awareness)
- Internet literature search service
The library is organised and maintained primarily to serve the students, teachers, doctors, staff of BHPI and CRP. However, outsiders may use the library if they have prior approval.