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Students from Ohio University visit City for health summer school

Ohio University students visit City University London for summer school
by George Wigmore

Students from Ohio University have just completed a two week summer school at the School of Health Sciences focusing on global comparisons of health and social care.

Participating in a range of workshops and clinic visits, the group of ten students from the College of Health Sciences and Professions at Ohio University (OU) - consisting of five nursing students, four speech and language therapy students and one medic - were also joined by staff and students from the School of Health Sciences.

nullWorkshop themes ranged from health policy and health management, including presentations on how health policy is made in the UK, a history of the NHS, approaches to healthcare management in the UK and US and how culture, ethical values and politics shape health systems. Students from both OU and City heard about International approaches to the management of aphasia and approaches to service user and carer involvement in health research.

A number of external visits were also undertaken across the two weeks including a visit to the Michael Palin Centre, the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee School in Westminster and the Homerton Hospital. The visitors also spent a day walking around East London visiting the main sites for health and social care including Barts Health NHS Trust, Social Action for Health and East London Foundation Trust.

Deborah Meyer, associate professor at OU, said: "This is an experience the students will carry with them both in terms of learning first-hand about the NHS and getting to know a bit about London. We appreciate the amazing faculty at City and their enthusiasm and willingness to participate in this program."

Professor Vicky Joffe, organiser of the summer school, said: "The summer school is a great way for students to learn more about their own health service as well as the health provision provided in different countries worldwide. It was a real pleasure to welcome these students to City University London. We have all learned a lot about ourselves and each other, and take away with us some very special memories."

The School also plans to continue its success in holding its first summer school with another one in the next academic year. On this occasion, the School hopes to open the experience up to students from a wider range of allied health professional programmes.

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