This toolkit gives volunteers and local staff the opportunity to learn from each other to develop future practice – particularly in areas such as public health, primary care and community services, all of which are priority areas for the NHS.
Research has shown that participation in international health projects can and does provide opportunities for professional development in terms of new knowledge, skills and behaviours which are learned when working in challenging, resource-poor environments.
Within the NHS, to date, it has proved difficult to provide evidence in a format which is helpful to employers. This toolkit has been developed to support the collection of such evidence.
We encourage UK health professionals who have returned from volunteering overseas to complete a short online survey after their first appraisal/PDR/revalidations following their placements. This will help build evidence on whether and how international volunteering contributes to staff performance. All responses are anonymous.