Our ICZ strategy facilitates projects that provide students with real-life experience working in the community. A great example of our Health, Wellbeing & Society ICZ in action is our ongoing partnership withKnowledge for Change (K4C).
K4C and the University have enjoyed a successful partnership since coming together in 2014. The charity works across multiple facilities in Uganda to improve the health service offered to patients and ensure better standards of care. The work has included infrastructural developments within health facilities, the provision and repair of medical equipment, staff training and capacity building, the placement of professional volunteers, working with local educational institutions to develop new and improved undergraduate and postgraduate curricula, staff exchange programmes and organising educational elective placements for UK health (and other) students.
Our partnership has led to collaboration on a number of research and development projects including:
The MoVE Project (funded by Health Education England) examines the benefits to the NHS of professional UK healthcare volunteers completing placements in low income countries.
The Ethical Elective Placement Project (funded by Health Education England) examines the impact of UK Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional students of completing education placements in low and middle income countries. Over 80 Salford students have completed international placements in Uganda and India through this project.
The Biomedical Engineering (funded by the UK Department for International Development through the Tropical Health Education Trust) improves the capacity of biomedical engineering staff and medical equipment technicians in Uganda, particularly in the areas of equipment procurement, maintenance and disposal.
The Hand Hygiene Project (funded by the UK Department for International Development through the Tropical Health Education Trust) provides infrastructural developments and staff training to improve infection prevention and control systems in Ugandan health facilities.
The Mountains of the Moon Partnership (supported by the British Commonwealth Fellowship Scheme) has allowed us to play an instrumental role in providing training and mentoring for staff from Mountains of the Moon University (and various other K4C health facility partnerships) in nursing and midwifery. Over 20 Ugandan health workers have travelled to the UK through this partnership to study academic courses and engage with Salford staff and students.
Project Manager James Ackers-Johnson said: “Our partnership with K4C has been hugely beneficial for our students, providing them with real-life industry experience in the field of healthcare. The fact we can offer them placements in Uganda is invaluable and contributes to an excellent student experience.”