Hospital staff swap jobs with French counterparts

first_img Comments are closed. UK hospital staff are swapping jobs with their French counterparts as partof an experiment to help healthcare professionals from different sides of theChannel learn from each other. Under the scheme, Kent-based doctors, nurses and other health professionalswill spend time at the Catholic University of Lille and St Philibert Hospital. Activities covered in the £1m project will range from specialist workplacements to intensive multi-disciplinary programmes. Their French colleagues will observe practices at the University ofGreenwich at Medway, which is spearheading the initiative, and at the Dartfordand Gravesham NHS Trust in Kent. Jenny Kay, director of nursing at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, said shewas delighted by the enthusiasm shown by the staff for this “very positiveevent”. “We hope staff from both sides will bring back new ideas, but at thesame time be reassured of their own practices,” she said. “There willbe a forward evaluation process to make sure all the information gained willnot disappear into the ether.” Maureen Mounty, head of the department for health development in the Schoolof Health and Social Care at the university, said the initiative was madepossible by the Eurostar and improvements in communication through e-mail,webcams and online education. “What we have to offer each other is endless. We are overworked andunderpaid compared to the French, and they have beautiful, clean hospitalswhich are being under-used. “But we have a system to be proud of,” she added. “The Frenchare amazed how organised we are and how well we work under pressure – it’s abig psychological boost”. By Michael Millar Related posts:No related photos. Hospital staff swap jobs with French counterpartsOn 17 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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