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Academy Encourages Volunteering Opportunities in Global Health

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25 Mar 2013

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges today formally publishes a statement encouraging support for the engagement of health professionals in voluntary work. Healthcare in the UK is widening its focus from local to global health related challenges. This means that doctors need to be more aware of health issues from a broader perspective and also in delivering that care in low resource environments.

Professionals who volunteer are able to expand their knowledge of global health as well as develop their own skills, to benefit not only the NHS but also improving health and healthcare in developing countries.

The Academy has identified six challenges that face healthcare professionals when it comes to volunteering:

  • Granting of time out from training and/or employment for volunteers
  • Formal recognition of volunteering for professional development
  • A fragmented environment for volunteering activities
  • Monitoring, evaluation and research of volunteering activities
  • Information, training and support for volunteers
  • Additional expenditures and the loss of employment entitlements for volunteers.

The Academy therefore urges its members and others who play a role in facilitating volunteering opportunities for healthcare professionals to work together to overcome them.

The Academy is also pleased to see the interest in this area from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health and the recent Kings Fund publication Volunteering in health and care: Securing a sustainable future.

For further information, visit the AoMRC website

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