60 for 60
RCGP and VSO Family medicine at the heart of global health
As part of its 60th anniversary year celebrations, the RCGP is launching its first international appeal: 60 for 60.
Based on realising a vision of a ‘world where family medicine excellence is at the heart of healthcare’, the appeal will initially fund work in developing nations in Africa and is being undertaken in conjunction with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO).
The ambition is to establish a legacy that empowers local health workers in sub-saharan Africa to deliver and teach effective primary care in their own communities, following programmes run by embedded GPs selected through the project.
Specifically, 60 for 60 aims to improve maternal and child health mortality rates through the provision of sustainable, community-based health promotion and training programmes.
The initial focus for work will be in Sierra Leone, a country recovering from a brutal ten-year civil war and which has some of the worst health indicators in the world.
The fund raising target is £60,000, this is equivalent to just £1.30 from each of the RCGP’s 46,000 members, and would make it possible to start the project.
To make a small donation (of £10 or under), text RCGP60 and the amount £1, £2, £3, £5 or £10 (for example RCGP60 £10) to 70070.
New call for volunteers!
In Sierra Leone there is a shortage of appropriately skilled staff, and more acutely, for doctors, nurses and midwives. There is an ongoing need for activities to promote and support education for local health workers, ranging from doctors to nurses to nursing aides.
As a GP based in Makeni, a centrally located district in Sierra Leone, you will work with local colleagues to provide a combination of service delivery and education to different levels of medical staff.
What does the role involve
- Work as a GP in out-patient clinics and contribute to the care of in-patients, and provide on the job training, coaching and mentoring to community health staff
- Promote health education on disease prevention to both health workers and patients
- Organize community outreaches on antenatal care, post natal and new born care, nutrition, personal hygiene, HIV counselling and testing
- Conduct continuous medical education sessions to community health centre medical staff
- Developing and strengthening of existing systems, structures and protocols in the hospital
- Contribute to shaping the roles and responsibilities of medical and other healthcare staff in the hospital
- Contribute to the team responsible for the emergency stabilisation and supportive care of sick patients.
Skills, qualifications and experience required
You can apply for this role if you have completed your 3 years specialty training as a GP (ST3 and above).
You must have experience in the management of common conditions in primary care, family planning, women’s health including pregnancy care, child health and community health.
Organisational experience is preferred with knowledge of family medicine in Sierra Leone, MDGs, policy framework of government, hospital infection control, and reducing hospital mortality.
Experience in leadership and management, creating guidelines and reviewing protocols, delivery of primary care training and proficiency in labour management and midwifery skills and obstetrics is desirable. You should be able to work in a team, and supervise and transfer your skills to all junior staff including junior doctors and nurses.
You should have a high level of patience and tolerance, and be passionate, friendly and cooperative. It is desirable for you to have the ability to work with limited resources and achieve lasting impact, use your initiative and be prepared to work with limited supervision. An ability to adapt and cope with cultural dynamics is also favourable.
And the rest...
Makeni is the head quarter town of the Northern Province of Sierra Leone. It has a tropical climate with rainy and dry seasons and has access to all basic amenities, transport, mobile phone and internet connections.
We ask you to commit to 12 months while on placement. In return, we’ll give you comprehensive financial, personal and professional support. We will provide you with extensive training including language classes before your placement, and our financial package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. When you return to your home country, we'll support you to resettle.
Application and Selection
Anyone interested in applying to 60for60 should send an application form directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
The RCGP will conduct the first round of shortlisting, and candidates with the necessary skills and experience will be invited to attend a VSO assessment day.
After assessment, successful candidates will be invited to attend an interview at the RCGP, and two successful 60 for 60 volunteers will be selected.
The successful 60 for 60 volunteers will participate in full VSO training and preparation programme. An overview of the standard VSO recruitment journey is available on their website.
The RCGP will manage stages one and two of the 60 for 60 recruitment process.
All applications should be sent to International@rcgp.org.uk.
We only have two 60 for 60 placements, and regret not everyone who applies or completes a VSO assessment day can be recruited.
However, VSO says demand for UK GP volunteers and their skill sets is increasing all the time. If at any stage you are unsuccessful in applying for a 60 for 60 placement, you can join a central VSO database for suitable placements.
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