THE University of Chester is exploring the possibility of delivering programmes at a nursing school in Uganda.
The initiative follows a joint visit to the country by the university and a scoping team from the Countess of Chester Hospital, which has set up an institutional link with Kisiizi Hospital.
This first visit was a fact-finding mission designed to enable the joint team to understand how they can best work together to help Kisiizi Hospital.
Both the Countess and Kisiizi will work together over the next few months to arrange exchange visits involving experiential learning, education, and practical involvement in the delivery of health care services.
The Kisiizi Chester Project aims to develop long-term links between Kisiizi Hospital, the Countess of Chester Hospital and the university, and will enable the institutions to share skills, knowledge, information and experience.
Ann Bryan, head of community and child health within the university’s Faculty of Health and Social Care, was part of the visiting delegation.
She said: “My part in the project was to review nursing care provision with a colleague from the Countess of Chester, and review nurse education and continuing professional development. We recognise that development in these areas would help to bring about a gradual improvement in the wider population’s health.
“The School of Nursing at Kisiizi was established 10 years ago and currently has three cohorts of comprehensive enrolled nursing students, totalling 101.
“It is the school’s long-term aim to deliver diploma status programmes on site, so we are looking at the possibility of delivering a range of nurse education opportunities at the school.”
It is also hoped that future exchange programmes between the university and the School of Nursing can now take place.
Ann added: “It was the first time I had visited Uganda and I found it absolutely amazing. I certainly plan to return on a personal as well as a professional level. My visit was an opportunity of a lifetime, and it is a great privilege to support this project.”
Consultant in emergency medicine, Dr John Sloan, who is co-leading the project, said: “The enthusiasm shown by many members of the Countess of Chester, also backed by the University of Chester, has been astounding.
“The scoping team did an excellent job, managing to meet with senior members of the Ugandan Ministry of Health, and working closely with Kisiizi Hospital’s management. I am sure we will see several meaningful projects emerge.”