Background (about the department): 
Department of Psychiatry is one of the clinical departments under the Faculty of Medical Science with a role of running both academic and clinical activities since its establishment, currently it has two programmes namely postgraduate trainings in SPECIALITY IN PSYCHIATRY and MASTER OF SCIENCE (MSc) IN INTEGRATED CLINICAL AND COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH.
The psychiatric clinic of Jimma medical centre under the department of psychiatry is giving mental health service for the people of south west Ethiopia since 1988. Both inpatient and outpatient services are provided to meet the general mental health /psychiatric needs of the population of south west Ethiopia. The clinic has outpatient services and over 50 beds for inpatient care. The facility has proven to have a very good training set up for which was implemented successfully twelve years ago.
The mental health service is given by a team including psychiatric nurses, Msc mental health professionals, psychiatrists, counseling and clinical psychologists and others.
The Department is currently staffed by three full time psychiatrists, nine mental health specialists and one clinical psychologist. The Department has established and effectively utilized collaborations with local and international partners in pursuing its mission for the past 14 years. Besides, the Department is working to extend the collaborative agreement with the Ludwig Maximillian University focusing on expansion and maintenance of postgraduate education.
To see comprehensive mental health service in JUMC, psychiatric clinic 
To provide mental health care and improve the mental health of the society. 
General objective

  • To increase working man power and space by 50 % and provide quality and compressive mental health service by the end of 2022/23

Specific objectives

  • To increase number of staff (hospital and academic) by 50% by the end of 2022/23
  • To increase the number of inpatient beds by 50% 
  • To increase the number of wards and outpatient departments by 50 %
  • Starting ECT as a unit of intervention for severely ill patients alongside Residency program to enable residents to acquire skill to enable residents to acquire skill in addition to helping severely ill patients with psychiatric illnesses
  • Strengthening EEG in collaboration with Neurologists as a unit of intervention for severely ill patients alongside Residency program to enable residents to acquire skill other than helping patients 
  • To start regular community mental health program like prison mental health, mental health in missionary of charity and school based mental health services
  • To start forensic psychiatric service
  • To expand its Msc, and residency in psychiatry specialty programs 
  • To start clinical/positive psychotherapy training 
  • Starting clinical Psychological (through clinic psychologists) Service with full strength though there is a huge space manpower shortage
  • Continuing rehab-related services as they are and expanding the service as opportunities emerge using clinical social workers with second degree (specialized in clinical social works)

Strategic Directions: these strategies are aligned with the priorities of the MOH programs

  1. Empower the community to play a significant role in the health sector 
  2. Strengthen primary health care units (PHCU) within the larger health sector
  3. Ensure a robust Human Resources Development system that commensurate with socio economic development of the country as LMIC by 2025 and middle-middle IC by 2035 
  4. Engage the private sector in support of the MOH’s vision
  5. Develop sustainable financing mechanisms
  6. Develop institutional capacity to be responsive to changing economic, social, environmental, technical, and epidemiologic context