Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust – The Oxford – India – Sri Lanka Paediatric Fellowship Project – A three way street


This project successfully tackled the paediatric workforce crisis, successfully recruiting 30 neonatal intensive care, paediatric intensive care and general paediatrics doctors since 2010. Oxford University Hospital achieved this through a mutually beneficial partnership with the National Neonatology Forum (NNF) of India and the Sri Lankan College of Paediatricians.

The best and brightest talent in India and Sri Lanka were selected and offered the opportunity to train in the UK for two years. Oxford teams taught NNF basic and advanced workshops in India as part of the partnership. The Oxford team interacted with potential trainees through these workshops encouraging them to apply for their fellowship. In Sri Lanka, the Oxford team reduced rates of hypothermia in infants by 50% through their awarding winning neonatal transport project.

During their time in the UK, trainees receive substantial support, participating in an induction programme including cultural awareness training. Every trainee is allocated a supervisor and appraised by a process similar to UK trainee appraisals. So far, there has been positive feedback from trainees who have completed the fellowship; some have recommended the fellowship to their friends.

Oxford and Southampton University Hospitals have trained and recruited a high quality workforce of doctors through this fellowship. Hospital locum costs have reduced, making the fellowship cost effective.

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