Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Nottingham-Jimma link: learning and sharing in Ethiopia

This week five staff from NUH have set off to visit Jimma Hospital, Ethiopia. They will be working with colleagues there as part of the Nottingham-Jimma link project between the two hospitals. Here they share their hopes for the visit.

Susan Taylor, biomedical scientist operational manager in clinical pathology, specialising in immunochemistry and screening services.

I have visited Ethiopia several times over the years as part of the NUH-Jimma link. It is very rewarding to work with people doing the same job as me, but in a very different environment. Some problems are the same, some are unique. I am really looking forward to meeting up with colleagues in Jimma again and working together to initiate direct improvements to the laboratory services provided.

As joint co-ordinator I also expect to be meeting and talking to a wide range of staff in both the hospital and university in Jimma, in order to plan how the link might move forward and grow.

Kate Potter, biomedical scientist specialising in blood transfusion.

I have worked in laboratories in England for 20 years and during this time spent two years working in a laboratory in Malawi.

I am very privileged and excited to be going to Jimma and experience first-hand the great link between Nottingham University Hospitals and Jimma Hospital. It is a wonderful opportunity for me to visit Africa again and work with the staff at the hospital to share knowledge, ideas and expertise.

During the two weeks we are there I hope to give some guidance around blood transfusion techniques and theory, quality control, quality management systems and operating procedure documentation.

Kathryn Draper, practice development matron for specialist support (predominantly based in critical care)
I am excited and apprehensive about the trip. It is an amazing opportunity to be involved in and I feel very privileged to be going. I’ve been told how friendly and welcoming everyone is and I'm excited about meeting everyone. I'm also looking forward to dispelling the myths me and my friends and family have of Ethiopia, I am aware it is no longer a country facing famine but I have very little understanding about what the country looks like, and what daily challenges they face. I'm also interested whether people decide to chose nursing as a career for the same reasons as nurses do in the UK and what training they receive. 

Martin Beed, consultant in anaesthesia and critical care

I have known Dr Yemane, consultant anesthetist in Jimma, since 2008, and look forward to seeing him again and assisting with his anaesthetics teaching program.

It will be good to see how the new hospital is progressing. The new buildings will greatly increase theatres and ICU capacity.

Clare Hepworth, clinical nurse educator, critical care

I have been involved with Jimma since 2004, when I went to help train their nurses for their new ICU. I now co-ordinate the link with Susan.

On this visit I will be helping Kathryn deliver a short ICU course to the nurses in Jimma. I will also be working with Susan to see how we can best work with Jimma in the future. Our colleagues in Jimma tell us which areas they would like support in, and we match our staff to what is needed. We work collaboratively, sharing our knowledge and experience - staff in both hospitals benefit from learning from each other.

We are hoping to post articles during our stay in Jimma. Check back to Trust Talk to follow our progress.

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