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Volunteering with THET

With funding from Health Education England (HEE), THET has been offering capacity development focused volunteering opportunities for NHS clinicians in Zambia since 2019.

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THET places a premium on the value that volunteer placements bring to host institutions and countries as well as to the individual volunteers involved. At their heart, such placements must be of value in developing the skills and expertise of staff at the host facilities.

Volunteering Opportunities

Recognising that it is vital that volunteers support their host facility clinically, there will be an element of treating patients. However, as a volunteer with THET, you will work closely with your host facility to develop a capacity development programme based on the needs of those you are working with, after a period of observation. For example, previous volunteers worked with the Zambian Paediatric Association and the Lusaka Provincial Health Office to develop and roll out a paediatric assessment and stabilisation course.

What we are looking for:

Based on requests from the Ministry of Health, Provincial Health Office and Facilities, THET is looking to recruit up to 8 volunteers in the following clinical areas who can volunteer for 3-6 months between June 2020 and March 2021.

  • Internal Medicine,
  • Nursing (Adult, Neonatal and Critical Care),
  • Midwifery,
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology,
  • Orthopaedics,
  • Management and Administration

Volunteers should be self-starters with a desire to learn and meet new challenges. Placements will include approximately 20% clinical support to the facility and 80% capacity development.

What would I be doing?

If you volunteer with THET, you will be placed in a district level hospital in Lusaka province to support the continuation of essential services in the face of current challenges. Volunteers will undertake a period of observation before supporting with the capacity development of local healthcare workers and some clinical support.

What can THET offer?

  • Comprehensive induction
  • Travel arrangements
  • Work permit and clinical registration support
  • Accommodation in a shared volunteer flat/house
  • Stipend to cover living costs
  • Expert clinical support from THET’s honorary advisors

Application Process

If you are interested in Volunteering with THET, please send your CV and a cover letter (one page maximum) to Kate Frewer, (kate.frewer@thet.org) by the 30th August.[1]

[1] Deadline subject to change.

Questions should be sent to Linnet Griffith-Jones (linnet.griffith-jones@thet.org)

Volunteer Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the applications will be accepted until the placement opportunities are filled.

Volunteer Bursaries

THET is committed to supporting sustainable input from UK Health Partnerships to health systems strengthening and capacity development in Zambia.

To support this aim, in 2018, THET conducted a Volunteer Placement Feasibility Study in Zambia which outlined the global health volunteering landscape in Zambia and formulated recommendations around placement design and delivery in the country.

Based on the information collected from the study, as well as from the desire for overseas volunteers expressed by Zambian partners on the ground, THET developed a pilot project for volunteer placements in 2019 in which two paediatricians were placed in facilities on the outskirts of Lusaka.

This pilot is continuing in 2020 and will this year include three volunteer bursaries of up to £10,000 each.

These bursaries are available to existing Health Partnerships working on the capacity development of the health workforce in Zambia to support volunteers for between 3 and 6 months.

Application documents can be found below:

Grant Overview

Application Form

Budget Template

I have gained experience in unfamiliar approaches to training and teaching. These are skills I hope to use in the future as I become more involved in shaping the training for paediatrics in the UK.

- Paediatric Volunteer

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