17 grants have been awarded to Health Partnerships to teach, train and provide practical assistance to health workers abroad.

THET is pleased to announce that 17 grants have been awarded under the Health Partnership Scheme, a six year programme which enables UK health professionals to share skills with counterparts in developing countries through teaching, training and practical assistance.

The successful organisations will implement projects across 11 different countries in Africa and Asia and focus on a wide-range of areas, including specialist training to improve the quality of emergency care for infants and children; building capacity to improve resilience to future outbreaks of Ebola; increasing the capacity of anaesthesia providers to deliver safe anaesthesia care to women and children; improving knowledge and skills in medical equipment management; improving the safety of chemotherapy delivery to children and adult cancer patients; training to improve the assessment and treatment of epilepsy in children and adolescents.

With a shortage of 4.25 million health workers around the world, the growing gap between the supply of appropriately trained health workers and the demand for their services is a key issue for underdevelopment and poverty worldwide.

Announcing the successful grants, Ben Simms, Chief Executive at THET said;

“The world faces an acute shortage of trained health workers. This is why these collaborations are so exciting. Our colleagues will be travelling overseas to improve the knowledge and skills of health workers in countries with next to no capacity in critical areas such as Anaesthesia, Mental Health, Infection Control and Emergency Care. They do so as volunteers, sharing the very best of what the NHS has to offer with countries working hard to provide healthcare to all citizens. In the process, they will acquire fresh insights to benefit their work back here in the UK.”

The following organisations have been successful in receiving the grants. A full list of all the grantees, including project details is available at http://www.thet.org/hps

  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Royal College of Midwives   
  • Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)
  • Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
  • South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust   
  • East London NHS Foundation Trust    
  • Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust          
  • Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
  • University of Salford
  • Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Powys Teaching Health Board
  • Bangor University