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Six nurses chosen to identify overseas health innovation

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Six nurses are among a group of clinicians chosen to receive travel fellowships to learn more about healthcare abroad.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust has just awarded 10 Travelling Fellowships to clinicians to investigate overseas approaches that have had a positive impact on a range of healthcare issues.

“Our hope is that these projects will bring practical, positive solutions”

Julia Weston

It noted that the NHS was under increasing pressure to find savings without compromising on patient experience, meaning “there is a real need for fresh perspectives on existing problems”.

This is the third year of a partnership between the trust and the Royal College of Nursing, the Burdett Trust and The Foundation of Nursing Studies – during which 33 fellowships have been awarded.

The nurse in this year’s fellowship winners list are:

  • Professor Alison Leary, chair of healthcare and workforce modelling at South Bank University. She will be travelling to Switzerland and the US to find out what healthcare can learn from other safety critical industries.
  • Thembi Moyo, a clinical nurse specialist from London, who will be going to Malawi and South Africa to research making savings in HIV care delivery.
  • Karen Titchener, deputy head of nursing and clinical lead at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. She will be going to Australia to investigate the international evidence from Hospital in the Home.
  • Anna Magnowska, a palliative care clinical nurse specialist from London, who will be going to Canada and the US to research creating legacy projects with patients in hospital, hospice and home.
  • Dr Sheila Marriott, regional director for the RCN in the East Midlands. She will be going to the US to study how community action can increase awareness of public health.
  • Nicola Joyce, a specialist immunisation nurse from Cardiff, who will be travelling to New Zealand to look into ways of improving the flu vaccine uptake in healthcare workers.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established 50 years ago, shortly after the former prime minister’s death in 1965. Since then it has awarded over 5,000 travelling fellowships to British citizens from a range of backgrounds.

Julia Weston, chief executive of the trust, said: “Churchill fellows travel globally and return with innovative ideas and a commitment to sharing their findings to help others in the UK.

“Our hope is that these projects will bring practical, positive solutions to some of the big issues that health practitioners in the UK are currently facing,” she said.


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  • how about drawing on the wealth of experience from those who have or are working abroad? The NHS has much to learn and not least on how to retain a high quality and motivated workforce.

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