Steps to do Ministry of Health (MOH) clearance in Ghana
What is MOH clearance?
Official authorization for something to proceed or take place, The financial clearance is a form of authorization given to a Nurse in Ghana who has successfully completed an accredited public college known as Training College.
Why do clearance?
Clearance is necessary for Diploma nurses who want to leave the country for further education or in search of greener pastures.
This is to certify that you are not owing to the government in any way.
Some Ghanaian trained Public nurses (Diploma) received allowances during their training and have to serve the government for a specific period of time called “bonding”
Also, Professionals (Diploma and Degree) who have taken study leave or support of any form from the government or their institutions have to obtain clearance from the ministry.
What do I do if I did not serve the government or my institution as agreed?
Clearance also known as “financial clearance” is given to both those who have fulfilled their obligations (served for the agreed duration) and to those who are yet to, thus bonded and those without bonding.
For those who have been bonded, the ministry will agree on the amount you may have to pay per annum for the number of years he/she is supposed to work, Unlike the bonded nurses, those who have not been bonded will not be required to make any payment (This depends on the decision by the Ministry of Health or your agency).
Enough of the grammar, let’s go straight forward to the steps to acquire clearance from the Ministry of Health, Ghana.
Requirements for MOH clearance
1. clearance form
2. Introductory letter duly signed for working staff or Completion letter from your Rotation facility for Nurses Awaiting Posting.
3. Passport Picture in uniform with white background
NOTE: All current Clearance forms are numbered (at the top right corner, starting with MOH/HRD…) and are registered on a form with the MOH, the contact of the buyer and receipt numbers are also noted, so photocopies will be detected.
Guidelines to apply for MOH clearance
Step 1: Pay an amount of 100gh at the accounts department of the ministry and obtain an official receipt. Initially, the cost of the clearance form was 20gh but has been increased by the ministry. Proceed to the Human resource department (HRD) to collect your Form.
Make sure your form is endorsed at the back with the MOH stamp as indicated above.
Step 2: Fill out the form and submit it to the head of your previous school or college for further endorsement or Submit it to your HR or Head of the facility for endorsement with a duly signed introductory letter.
(whichever comes first but both are needed for working professionals whiles those awaiting posting should just attach a copy of their introductory letter from their former workplace (where they did their national service)
Filling of clearance Form
(A) PERSONAL DETAILS
- Write your Full name as indicated on your NMC certificate
- Write your Profession
- Current grade (Applicable to already working staff)
- Last station (for those who had a transfer)
- Present station (Applicable to already working staff)
- Postal Address of your last or previous station (not required for those who are yet to be posted)
- Telephone number of your station (not required for those yet to be posted)
- Telephone number of applicant
- Number of years served after last training (not required for those yet to be posted)
- The purpose of the clearance can be “VERIFICATION”
Write your Staff ID on the top left or top right corner of your clearance form
(B) Educational Background (Post -Secondary)
Write the Programme offered e.g RGN
Your Institution attended e.g NMTC-Korle Bu
Date of commencement and completion
Working staff can include their top-ups in the other spaces below the 1st, Only do so if those certificates are recognized by NMC.
Step 3: Fill in your work experience
(C) WORK EXPERIENCE
Place of work after 1st training (for those yet to be posted write your place of rotation)
(1) You sign and write the current date
(2) Submit the form to your head/HR of your current facility or your previous (same applies to those yet to be posted)
This part of the form and your Passport picture must be stamped by the person endorsing the form.
Step 4: Submit the form to the head of the last school attended for endorsement and make sure it is stamped.
Step 5: Make sure to cross-check to see if all required fields have been filled and endorsed by the appropriate authorities.
Step 6: Submit the Clearance form to the Ministry of Health Human Resource Department with proof of purchase (receipt obtained from MOH)
Step 7: After submitting the form to the officials of the ministry will give you an estimated time frame to come and check the status of your clearance.
Kindly take note of the new directive from the Ministry of Health
Please we would like to bring to your notice that the MOH has increased the price of the clearance form from 20 to 100 cedis and this change took effect last Friday.
Please kindly note that the other change is that you need clearance from the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) before NMC Ghana will do your foreign verification.
Another change is that once you’ve been cleared by the MOH, your endorsed clearance form will be sent to the NMC Ghana directly and then you follow up to make the necessary payments to the NMC for foreign verification. They will then give you a form to take to the GRNMA for clearance before the foreign verification is done. All this time, you should have already begun your registration with the UK NMC or the NMC of the country you need foreign verification or with CGFNS, Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools for the USA, or With NNAS for Cannada.
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