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The Remote International Mentoring Partnership Scheme

The Remote International Mentoring Partnership Scheme (RIMPS) aims to build the capacity of LMIC health workers through a mentoring scheme with UK-based individuals, so that they can feel better supported in their role and consequently provide better quality of care.

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The programme overview

Managed by the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET), the mentorship scheme will, through a Health Partnership model, link health workers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to those in the UK. The countries eligible are: Ethiopia, Myanmar, Somaliland, Syria, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, and Zambia. There is an expectation that learning will be bi-directional in order to build, sustain and strengthen international Health Partnerships (HPs). 

The programme will run for 18 months, during which participants are expected to engage with their mentor or mentee through online platforms of their choice.  

Health Partnerships will need to recruit five or more health workers from the UK and five or more health workers from the LMIC to participate in the programme. It is expected that health workers from the UK and their health worker counterparts from LMICs will interact with each other on a one-to-one basis on at least 6 occasions. 

THET will be providing support in various ways, such as an inception webinar, quarterly mentoring workshops, and ad hoc assistance.  

From previous THET grantees’ experiences, the following benefits can generally be expected:  

  • Increased capacity for participants, which can be spread throughout the organisations they work in 
  • More motivation for both participants to further their careers and inter-personal skills 
  • Higher job satisfaction by undertaking this voluntary activity
  • Improved day-to-day performance as a result of the increased motivation and enhanced well-being 
  • Offering attractive opportunities that further professional development can increase employee retention and make the organisation a more competitive workplace to work for.   

Applications have now closed.