What does a Visiting Fellowship aim to improve?
Since 1994, with support from RCPCH members, the Visiting Fellowships programme has provided placements in the UK for paediatricians from over 30 different countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
The fellows are placed in leading specialist units in the NHS with the aim to improve five key areas:
- clinical knowledge
- emergency response.
Why is the programme important?
One of the main challenges for child health care in low- and middle-income countries is the health workforce. Generally, the areas with the highest prevalence of child mortality have the fewest training resources and opportunities available.
Visiting Fellowships aim to try and bridge this gap by giving overseas health care professionals the chance to observe and learn from a leading UK consultant, as well as experience of the paediatric health care system in the UK.
The main aim is to increase the knowledge and expertise of the overseas paediatricians and paediatric nurses, to ultimately save the lives of children and improve health care in their country of origin.
Three visiting fellowships
- Ashok Nathwani Visiting Fellowship – established in 2001 in memory of Dr Ashok Nathwani, Fellow of the College, who was killed in the indian earthquake in January 2001.
- Donald Court Fellowship – established in 1996 in memory of Professor Donald Court, former President of the British Paediatric Association. RCPCH and BACCH (British association for Community Child Health) award one fellowship in community paediatrics.
- David Baum Visiting Fellowship – established in 2015 in memory of Professor David Baum, former president of the RCPCH, who died in a cycling accident whilst raising money for the wellbeing of children in the war-torn Balkans.
Applications for visiting fellowships will open in Autumn 2018.