The Commonwealth Professional Fellowship Scheme is funded by the UK government via the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. It’s the second scheme of its type that the Alliance has run: earlier this year the Alliance ran a similar programme for education administrators.
Under the new scheme four people involved in administering health programmes in developing Commonwealth countries will come to the UK for six weeks. They will have a week of induction, including a day with the Institute for Child Health and a day of training in patient and public invovlement in health services.
Then they will spend two weeks looking at publicly funded health services, and two weeks at health services provided by voluntary organisations. Finally they will spend a week in a residential course in health administration provided by Northampton University.
The UK government will meet the fellows’ travel costs and pay a small stipend. Throughout the course they will work with a facilitator to develop a strategy for implementing the lessons learned when they return to their home countries.
The Commonwealth Professional Fellowship Scheme has approved both the scheme and the shortlisted fellows.