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The project engages with organisations deploying professional volunteers and the volunteers themselves to study the benefits of international placements in Low and Middle Income Settings (LMICs) for sending organisations (in this case the NHS). In addition to survey and qualitative work the project will assess the viability of developing a ‘tool’ to capture core personal and professional development outcomes that are both desired by the NHS and possible in international placements. There are reportedly great benefits to the NHS in terms of the personal and professional development of our healthcare workforce in their working and learning oversees. At the moment, we don't know how to balance these benefits against the costs.

This project will help us to understand whether or not the current socio-political trend toward supporting overseas placement opportunities across the wider NHS workforce is viable, and what benefits a more internationally focused approach to staff development may have.

Funding Body: Health Education England

Project Value: £335,000

Project Timeline: May 2014-December 2017

Project team: Professor Louise Ackers (Principal Investigator); Dr Lucie Byrne-Davies, University of Manchester (Co-investigator: Core Outcomes Measurement); Dr John Chatwin (Research Fellow); Mr James Ackers-Johnson (Project Manager); Ms Natasha Tyler (Doctoral Researcher)