How NHS leaders can optimise organisational benefits from their staff’s international engagement
Now may not seem like the obvious time to be discussing NHS involvement in non-essential programmes of work, such as those taking place internationally. However, as we live with COVID-19, engaging with other health systems will continue to be vitally important to the NHS.
NHS staff have a long history of participating in philanthropic work overseas to support the development of health professionals and health systems in low and middle-income countries. But how NHS organisations can systematically understand and access mutual benefits from this activity is often less-well understood.
This webinar discusses how senior leaders in the NHS can access national support and develop a strategic approach to their organisation’s engagement in international development to optimise benefits for their staff and organisations.
The webinar will:
- Discuss the benefits of international development for the NHS, and the associated challenges
- Consider how NHS leaders can best support staff engagement in this work
- Explore the support and opportunities available at the national level, from Arm’s Length Bodies, Government departments, and NGOs
10:05-11:00: The Importance of NHS Involvement - Three board-level executives and two health professionals will discuss the ways in which NHS global engagement is a worthwhile investment, framed through their organisations’ experiences, including entering the space, benefits, challenges, and next steps.
11:05-11:45: Funding Opportunities - The Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) and two of their NHS partners will discuss their experiences of accessing funding for their staff’s international work via Department for International Development (now Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) programmes, and possible future opportunities for funding.
12:00 -12:40: Frugal Innovations – Dr Matt Harris, Dr Ted Adams and Dr Yasser Bhatti will discuss how NHS participation in international development activity can lead to the uptake of innovations in the NHS that were developed in low and middle-income countries. These are commonly known as ‘frugal innovations’ due to the cost savings they offer to the NHS. They will be joined by Neville Young from Yorkshire and Humber AHSN, who will share the role the AHSNs play in supporting uptake of these innovations into the NHS.