International strategy and implementation plan

The Ten year RCGP international Strategy was developed in 2011 to drive forward the RCGP's international work.

Operational Implementation Plan (OIP)

Each year an Annual Operational Implementation Plan (OIP) is designed to map our activity over the course the business year to understand what tangible steps we are taking to achieve our strategic objectives.

The  2016-2017 OIP is live and we encourage you to follow our progress by clicking on the link, reading about the projects we are involved in  and expanding  the monthly news bulletins below.

We want to hear from you

We will not achieve our strategic objectives without the support of our members and encourage all members, UK, overseas and International to contact tom.owen@rcgp.org.uk and explain to us how you are supporting the development of primary care internationally. We endeavour to share the successes of our members as widely as possible.

Current Projects

China

The RCGP has enjoyed strong links with China for over ten years. We have had a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Health and Family Planning Commission, Zhejiang province since 2005, with another signed in 2014. This agreement has seen us run both Study Tours and Introduction to Training the Trainer courses to doctors from the province.

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We have also developed close ties with Shanghai, a Training Needs Analysis was provided for the Zhongshan Hospital of Fudan University in October 2013.

For more information on China please contact towen@rcgp.org.uk

India

RCGP has had a long involvement in working in India with multiple partners in both Government and private primary care education and training. We partner with Apollo Medvarsity to accredit a Diploma in Family Medicine and our partnership is now in its 15th year. We have recently commenced a project in Bihar province to help improve training and performance of doctors working in family medicine through curriculum development and training. We also recently completed a one-year pilot project to accredit a Diploma of Family Medicine in West Bengal with the Institute of Health and Family Welfare

For more information on India please contact alexandra.lesmes@rcgp.org.uk

MRCGP[INT]

RCGP has been working internationally on the MRCGP[INT] exam accreditation programme for over 15 years now. It has been running in eight accredited sites: Brunei, Dubai, Egypt, Kosovo, Malta, Oman, Kuwait and South Asia. The College prides itself on being able to rely on the vast clinical talent of International Development Advisors and External Development Assessors who support and work in partnership with our international partners in developing family medicine around the world.

To find out who leads on each MRCGP[INT] site please see the International Team page

Erasmus +

A programme funded by the European Commission from 2014 to 2020, which offers a range of funding opportunities for UK organisations actively involved in delivering education, training, youth and sport activities. Erasmus+ Programme involves sending people to other participating programme countries to undertake work experience, job shadowing, training and teaching opportunities for staff and learners.

For more information on Erasmus + please contact andrey.gladkov@rcgp.org.uk

South Africa

Our South African programme of work has been developed in partnership with Stellenbosch University and the South Africa Academy of Family Physicians (SAAFP). The aim is to support South Africa’s Universal Health coverage ambitions by increasing the quality and quantity of Family Physicians in South Africa through enhanced training and assessment.

The work to date which has been funded by THET and then EuropeAid has seen us run a series of Introduction to Training the Trainer workshops whilst also providing expert advice to the SA College of Family Physicians National Expert Exam and it’s examiners.

For more information on South Africa please contact tom.owen@rcgp.org.uk

Myanmar

Efforts in Myanmar have been led by two RCGP Faculties: Thames Valley and East Anglia. These Faculties have built strong links with colleagues in Myanmar, including at the Myanmar GP Society, the Myanmar Medical Association.

For more information on our work in Myanmar please contact Alexandra.lesmes@rcgp.org.uk

Iraq

RCGP is working with the Iraqi Red Crescent Society to build capacity amongst its Family Medicine doctors. We are delivering an International Trainers Course to a group of Family Medicine doctors from Baghdad, and have just completed Module 2 of 3. The group have also completed a 2 week Study Tour to build their knowledge of Family Medicine and Primary Care in the UK. This involved sessions held at RCGP and time in practice in a number of primary care centres.

For more information on our work in Iraq please contact tom.owen@rcgp.org.uk

Sierra Leone

The RCGP is committed to developing primary care in Sierra Leone, the terrible effects of Ebola have decimated a fragile health care system, one which was already in desperate need of a robust primary care system.

After months of waiting Sierra Leone has been declared Ebola free and we have begun placing volunteers on 12 month VSO primary care placements in Makeni, Sierra Leone. We are also hoping to compliment this work by developing a training offer for Community Health Officers in Sierra Leone. We believe that the way to support Universal Health Coverage is to apply an inter professional approach, recognising that in resource poor settings its is often Community Health Workers and allied health professionals who provide primary care.

For more information on our work in Sierra Leone please contact tom.owen@rcgp.org.uk

Uganda

Our links in Uganda are predominantly with the Bwindi Community Hospital. The ever dynamic Junior International Committee have been instrumental in developing 12 month placements for UK GPs and in some instances trainees.

The RCGP is also lead partner in a THET funded family planning project aimed at addressing an unmet need in modern contraception. With local stakeholders we are providing are providing Family Planning and Sexual Health Training and Education through the U-SHAPE initiative.Bwindi

The project aims to build much needed capacity, provide adolescent friendly health education and integrate family planning into local  health services. Work has begun in Bwindi Community Hospital Kanunugu District, South West Uganda and is planned to expand to other hospitals and districts across the country.
 

To find out more about the U-Shape project please see Barbara, a Midwife at Bwindi Community Hospital’s Blog.

For more information on our work in Uganda please contact towen@rcgp.org.uk.

International Updates

Our International Updates are circulated on the last Friday of every month and are circulated to a small group of internal stakeholders prior to being published on the web. See below for some recent editions:

 

 

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