They have gained some deep insights into the UK’s health service reforms, drawn some lessons about health service delivery in their own country, and also produced some perceptive comments on the weaknesses of health services in London.
The four fellows taking part in the fellowship scheme with the Anglican Alliance have had a brilliant three weeks in London, with their first public sector placements coming to an end and bringing them halfway through their fellowship scheme. With a weekend away at host parishes around the country they have also had a chance to experience different parts of the UK and meet with Anglicans and healthcare professionals to build relationships and discuss their work.
Two of the fellows, John Wabike and Dr Rajabu Omary, both from Tanzania, held a placement with a Clinical Commissioning Group, taking part in meetings and learning about the delivery of NHS services in the UK. Naveed Gill, from Pakistan, and Joseph Wangai from Kenya, have been with the Guys and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust, spending time with services and clinics around London and visiting healthcare centres in the community. Today they visited the world-famous St Thomas’ Hospital in the city centre.
Feedback from the fellows’ placement providers has been excellent, with comments on their engagement and enthusiasm throughout the placements. The fellows have also produced some great reports on their experience and are showing a keen interest in the healthcare sector in the UK. It is increasingly apparent that the scheme will have a profound impact on their work and each fellow is working through a ‘learning contract’ with their facilitator, with the goal of implementing what they have learnt on their return home.
The scheme continues with the fellows travelling to Northampton to visit Rev David Wiseman at Christchurch this weekend, and they will spend the following week on a bespoke course at the University of Northampton arranged by Susan Allen, the Executive Dean of the School of Health.
In the picture, the fellows are with Janette O’Neill and the team from Us, the mission agency formerly known as USPG.