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  1. The Lusaka/Brighton Link

  2. Established 2006 • University Teaching Hospital (UTH) and Medical School, Lusaka, Zambia • Brighton and Sussex University Trust (BSUH), Brighton and Sussex Universities and Medical School, Brighton, UK

  3. Aims of link • To provide educational and clinical support for Health Care workers at UTH to help them provide a high standard of care in Lusaka and beyond • To broaden the clinical experience of Health Care staff based in Brighton • To arrange short term visits to deliver defined courses or educational objectives or clinical services

  4. To host return visits for health care workers for a defined period to enable them to undertake appropriate CPD • To share educational materials, in particular making use of e-learning if possible • To provide necessary equipment

  5. Visits to date • 47 individual trips to Lusaka • 33 return trips to Brighton • Considerable e-mail traffic in between the two centres

  6. Areas covered • HIV training for nurses • Critical care curriculum for nurses • Radiology teaching • External examiners for Medical students • Advice given on organisation of A&E • Research methods and critical appraisal course

  7. Areas covered • Paediatric teaching • Gastroenterology teaching • Library review • Ophthalmology support • Independent Evaluation of HIV nurses education project

  8. Strengths • Follows well established model (THET) • Long term project, depends on individuals but backed up by institutions • Involves a wide spectrum of professionals • Fosters networking and lends itself to CDP. Short sharp updates • Tries to listen to what is needed

  9. Weaknesses • Short visits only • Depends on matching need with available volunteers • Tends to grow organically rather than strategically • Model cannot deliver whole training programmes • High carbon footprint

  10. Opportunities • Networking leads to further work e.g. Nurses HIV project and Critical Care Curriculum, external examiner co-opted to support immunisation programme • Support for Alliance programmes • Short visits could be extended during sabbaticals or post-retirement

  11. Threats • Increasingly constrained NHS. • Time • Funding • Matching expectations