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Date of release: 3 November 2020

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In this week’s blog I would like to reflect on how we have made a difference on the international nursing stage.

Staff at the Trust are in the process of helping to set up an end of life care service in a hospital in China – the first time the Trust has done anything to enhance nursing care in this particular country.

This exciting development came about on a visit to Birmingham City University (BCU) last year with Zoe Marsh, our Deputy Director of Global Partnerships, when we talked to a cohort of Chinese nursing students.

I was there to lecture on global health policy while Zoe delivered a presentation on our hugely successful and popular Clinical Fellowship Programme, which has recruited international nurses over the last two years.

Ruo Wang, one of the students who attended my lectures, kept in touch, and when Zoe arranged the Global Grand Round on end of life care/palliative medicine, she invited Ruo to attend with her Chief Nurse. 

Last month, the Specialist Palliative Care Team presented a ‘UK perspective on end of life care’ as part of the inaugural Global Grand Round in partnership with leads from the Clinical Fellowship Programme. 

The Global Grand Rounds were established to share evidenced-based practice with healthcare professionals, universities and health organisations across the world and to recognise the vital contribution overseas professionals have had supporting the organisation’s workforce. 

The first Round – attended by 117 people worldwide – shared best practice on end of life care and palliative medicine, led by Hassan Raffique, Senior Clinical Fellow, and Jean Shears, Lead Nurse for Specialist Palliative Care at the Trust.

Delegates from India, Pakistan, Nigeria and China joined the webinar, one of the first in a programme of topics around end of life care.

Following this exciting webinar, an introduction meeting was held with health professionals from The Seventh Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University Hospital – Shenzhen China, where Ruo and her Chief Nurse are employed.

They wanted a more detailed understanding of how we deliver training and education across our ward areas and care to our patients and their families. 

With the help of Jean Shears and Jenny Jones, Specialist Nurse – Bereavement, we are now in the process of setting up further webinars to share learning and experience to support them with establishing their first palliative care service.

This is such an exciting opportunity and demonstrates the diversity of what we can achieve with mutual ambition and technology, and enables two groups of clinicians to consider and discuss practices in different countries.

Ultimately, this is an opportunity to promote the Trust, share good practice and reinforce the links of international nursing on a global level.

So it was wonderful for a student to come to us with an initial idea and for the Trust to help improve care in another continent – and at the same time enhance our own reputation globally.

Take care,

A Teaching Trust of the University of Birmingham