Following the success of last years’ Commonwealth Professional Fellowship Scheme for education administrators, four Anglican health administrators have arrived in London to join the Anglican Alliance, this time taking part in healthcare placements and visits to health and development organisations to learn more about the healthcare sector in the UK.
John Wabike and and Rajabu Omary from Tanzania, Naveed Khurram from Pakistan and Joseph Wangai from Kenya, have been with the Anglican Alliance since Monday 1st April, and have so far had an orientation to life in London, toured Lambeth Palace, gained an insight into public engagement with healthcare in the UK, and met with the Department for International Development (DFID). They have also spent time with their facilitator Stephen Lyon creating a learning contract, which will provide the structure and focus for the six week programme that is to follow.
The remainder of their first week will see them meeting with professionals from the Institute for Global Health and international charity Us, and spending time with the director of the Anglican Health Network, Paul Holley.
They will also be going on a custom-designed weeklong course in health administration at the University of Northampton, and will stay with Anglican families in the town so that they get some experience of life in the UK.
Placements begin next week with two public sector providers giving a varied and comprehensive insight into healthcare in the UK, focussing specifically on community-based care and the commissioning of services.
The scheme this year will give all four fellows a great insight in to healthcare in the UK, and with time also set aside for reflection and planning, it is expected that each of these healthcare professionals will be able to implement the skills and knowledge they have learnt on their return home in six weeks time.
The Anglican Alliance is honoured to be a host for this scheme, which is funded by the Department for International Development through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to see Anglican professionals equipped with the skills they need to make a difference in developing communities. We will keep you updated with the progress of the fellows as the scheme continues!