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Aug 11 2016

Doctors of the World Job Opportunity: Women’s and Children’s Health Coordinator (part-time staff)

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Doctors of the World UK is part of the global Médecins du Monde network, which delivers over 400 projects in 80 countries through 3,000 volunteers.



Our vision is of a world in which vulnerable people affected by war, natural disasters, disease, hunger, poverty or exclusion get the healthcare they need regardless of income or status.

Through our health programmes and advocacy, we work to ensure excluded people overcome barriers to healthcare.
Since opening in the UK in 1998, we have raised more than £15 million for overseas programmes, helped more than 8,600 service user here in the UK, and fought for healthcare as a human right for all.

We work with and for:
» people in crisis, providing life-saving humanitarian healthcare in times of war and after natural disasters
» vulnerable migrants, including by advocating for the right to healthcare across Europe
» people at risk of harm, especially from HIV and AIDS or hepatitis C, such as drug users and sex workers
women and girls’ right to sexual and reproductive health.

The Doctors of the World Family Clinic tackles health inequalities by helping some of the most marginalised with vulnerabilities in health to access healthcare and wider support services. It provides specialist care for pregnant women and families with children under 18. Providing health assessments to identify risks, stressors and protective factors that might impact on health. We offer hour long appointments alongside a drop-in twice a month and a follow up and case management service.

We see a range of people with often complex needs and offer a range of services:
• We provide a specialist service for pregnant women to promote access to antenatal care, offering obstetric checks, help with antenatal referrals, explaining what to expect and advising on rights and charging within the NHS.
• We see women and children who have been exposed to violence including trafficking and domestic violence and identify needs and ensure on-going support.
• We see families living in destitution and support access to services.
• We carry out child initial healthcare assessments for new arrivals identifying key needs and opportunities for health promotion and preventative interventions.
• We also work with partner organisations to promote health and wellbeing by addressing the wider social and environmental determinants of health.

Please get in touch if you would like more info.…/work-for-us-in-the…/…’s-and-Children’s-Health-Coordinator#__mpbj

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Aug 11 2016

Global Health Capabilities for UK Health Professionals

Iaomrc-logon our increasingly interdependent world, global health is relevant to all health professionals.

With increasing population movement and shifting disease patterns, health professionals working in the UK are

being challenged to deliver effective care to multicultural communities with diverse needs. Health professionals also require an understanding of, and the ability to respond to, the effects of globalisation on health and health systems.

This document primarily provides a framework of core global health capabilities to guide the curricula of postgraduate health professionals in the UK. These capabilities are mainly targeted towards doctors, but may be tailored to the training needs of other health professionals, of undergraduate students and of health professionals and students in other countries.

The five core capabilities, which are of equal value and priority, are interrelated. Each one is relevant to all UK postgraduate health professionals, impacting on both day-to-day practice, clinical leadership and advocacy roles.

Further details including key knowledge areas and practice examples for each capability are available in the full report, available on request from

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Jul 07 2016

Job Opportunity: Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) Clinical Programme Manager

CSHCSH is looking for a highly able and motivated individual with experience of providing front-line clinical care in the NHS to join its clinical programme team. This is a full-time post based in Oxford, salary £35,000 per year, to start September 2016.

The pioneering CSH clinical programme is positioning sustainability at the heart of good clinical care. The programme works with healthcare professionals and others that support them by developing conceptual frameworks for clinical sustainability and embedding these within training and practice. Key elements of our work include: the Sustainable Specialties programme, in particular the fellowships & scholarships; and the Sustainable Healthcare Education (SHE) Network.

CSH is a registered charity which is at the forefront of bringing sustainability to the health sector.  Partners include Royal Colleges, National clinical leads, the Sustainable Development Unit and NICE.

For full details see here.

Closing date: 18 July 2016.


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Jul 01 2016

TIME TO GO GLOBAL: a consultation on global health competencies for postgraduate doctors

Sarah diagramBackground: Globalisation is having profound impacts on health and healthcare.We solicited the views of a wide

range of stakeholders in order to develop core global health competencies for postgraduate doctors.

Methods: Published literature and existing curricula informed writing of seven global health competencies for

consultation. A modified policy Delphi involved an online survey and face-to-face and telephone interviews

over three rounds.

Results: Over 250 stakeholders participated, including doctors, other health professionals, policymakers and

members of the public from all continents of the world. Participants indicated that global health competence

is essential for postgraduate doctors and other health professionals. Concernswere expressed about overburdening

curricula and identifying what is ‘essential’ for whom. Conflicting perspectives emerged about the importance

and relevance of different global health topics. Five core competencies were developed: (1) diversity, human

rights and ethics; (2) environmental, social and economic determinants of health; (3) global epidemiology;

(4) global health governance; and (5) health systems and health professionals.

Conclusions: Global health can bring important perspectives to postgraduate curricula, enhancing the ability of

doctors to provide quality care. These global health competencies require tailoring to meet different trainees’

needs and facilitate their incorporation into curricula. Healthcare and global health are ever-changing; therefore,

the competencies will need to be regularly reviewed and updated.


Walpole, S. C., Shortall, C., Van Schalkwyk, M. C., Merriel, A., Ellis, J., Obolensky, L., Casanova Dias, M., Watson, J., Brown, C. S., Hall, J., Pettigrew, L. M. & Allen, S. 2016. Time to go global: a consultation on global health competencies for postgraduate doctors. Int Health.

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Nov 03 2015

Recruiting: Global Health Curriculum Group Lead

AoMRCSix month volunteer role on an AoMRC funded project to promote generic core competencies in Global Health.  Can be done alongside training/work/study with expenses covered and support for the existing Global Health Curriculum Group.

For more details on what the role will involve see the role description here: Global Health Curriculum Group Lead Role Description.

Anyone who would like to apply for this role should email their CV and a covering email/ letter to before midnight on 6th November

For further information about the job role, please contact


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Oct 28 2015

Gain or Drain: Migration and the NHS

Global Health Advocacy Seminar
In conjunction with The Royal College of Physicians

Venue:  Council Chamber, Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrew’s Place, London NW1 4LE

Date: Tuesday 3rd November, 18:30-20:00 with a drinks reception afterwards

MigrationThis seminar will discuss the interaction between migration and the NHS, in terms of both usage and the delivery of healthcare in the UK. To what degree is the NHS dependent on migrants who comprise a significant proportion of its workforce? What does charging for healthcare mean in regards to human rights, public health and economic terms? And, what are the healthcare implications for the UK of the current refugee crisis?

Join us for an interactive debate: put your questions to our panel of speakers, and share your point of view. There will be a drinks reception afterwards for further discussion and networking. 

Dr Philipa Mladovsky, London School of Economics
Dr Angela Burnett, Freedom from Torture
Dr Clare Shortall, Doctors of the World
Dr Derek Summerfield, London Institute of Psychiatry/RC of Psychiatry
Mr Edwin Sesange, Out and Proud Diamond Group
Date: Tuesday 3rd November, 6:30-8pm, drinks reception until 9 pm.

Venue: Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4LE

Free to attend: reserve your place by emailing

Image Credit: Matt S

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May 31 2015

Latest Alma Mata Newsletter


Alma Mata Newsletter

Bringing you the latest global health events, news, educational links and opportunities

This month featuring Médecins du Monde’s European Observatory Report, our upcoming seminar with the RCP on climate change and forced migration and calls for submission.

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Apr 30 2015

Latest Alma Mata Newsletter

Med Humanitarian CrisisLatest Alma Mata Global Health Newsletter

Featuring – responding to the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, global health jobs, short courses in Amsterdam, Medical Peace Work and our next seminar at the Royal College of Physicians: Forces of Nature: climate change migration and the role of health professionals on Wednesday 3rd June, click here to view.

We are recruiting for an additional editor to help us keep on top of all the issues, news and opportunities. If you would be interested in joining the team, please email me on

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Apr 22 2015

Forces of Nature: climate change migration and the role of health professionals

OxfamWednesday 3rd June 2015, 6.30 p.m. – 8pm
Royal College of Physicians, 

This seminar will address the effects of climate change on population movement, and the subsequent impact on health. Should the term “climate refugee” be established, and would this be helpful to those affected? How can health care systems address the problems and opportunities that climate change and environmental migration bring?

Chaired by: Prof. Paul Wilkinson Public & Environmental Health Research Unit, LSHTM

Speakers include: Dr. Ilan Kelman,UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction;  Prof Hugh Montgomery, director of the UCL Institute for Human Health and Performance, Hugh Grant-Peterkin, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare,  Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb, Green Party and Alex Randall,  UK Climate Change and Migration Coalition.

The event is free to attend and everyone is welcome, with a drinks reception afterwards. Email to secure your place.

Image courtesy of Oxfam

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Apr 07 2015

Do you think there should be more Global Health in UK Postgraduate Training? If so what? …

Opportunity to contribute to development of Global Health competencies for health professionals


Please consider taking this surveaomrc-logoy to help to develop global health competencies for doctors and other health professionals. Any health professional, health academic, health educator, patient or indeed any member of the public may take part. All responses to this survey will remain anonymous. However we would like to know your profession or role relation to the health service to inform analysis of the results.

In our increasingly interdependent world, global health is of relevance to all healthcare professionals. Population movement and shifting disease patterns mean that healthcare professionals practicing in the UK need to be competent in delivering effective healthcare to multicultural societies with diverse needs. Clinicians are increasingly being asked to take on leadership roles that would benefit from an understanding of disparate healthcare systems and the impact of globalisation on health.

The Intercollegiate Global Health Curriculum Group would like to invite you to take part in round 1 of a three-part consultation. We ask for your comments on the draft competencies. To thank you for your involvement, we will enter you into a prize draw for one of two £50 book vouchers.

The aim of this consultation is to produce a framework for postgraduate training that identifies generic, core competencies in global health for postgraduate healthcare professional training. The focus is on “what a doctor working in a high income country needs to be able to do”, and it will be accompanied with examples of how training to achieve these competencies could be delivered. The results may inform competency frameworks for other health professionals and in low and middle income countries.

If you would like to take part please click on the following link

For any further information please email the Intercollegiate Global Health Curriculum Group:

Clare Shortall
Vice-President Alma Mata Global Health Network

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