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Hong Kong nurses visit City as part of student exchange

During their week in London the HKPU nurses also participated in a pop-up clinic at Hackney Community College and visited City’s practice partners

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Nurses studying for an MSc at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) visited City, University of London in May as part of a reciprocal international exchange programme based on sharing best-practice around nurse education.

Jointly developed with HKPU, the group of Master’s students from Hong Kong started their week at City with a visit to the clinical skills suite where City students demonstrated simulated practice for the visiting students.

During their week in London the HKPU nurses also participated in a pop-up clinic at Hackney Community College and visited City’s practice partners at North Middlesex, The Royal London, City and Hackney Mental Health Service and the Neuro-disability Hospital in East Putney.

Jacqueline Davies, a lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at City who organised the week, said:

“At City we are very proud of our service user involvement in health care, and midweek we focused on service user involvement. The visitors met with a team of mental health peer support workers, and attended a reception to which local community members, staff and students were invited and watched a film presenting an experiential account of chronic fatigue syndrome: Unrest.”

Viewers of the international award winning documentary were also joined by the director Jennifer Brea via Skype, and a mental health student who attended the screening said that the opportunity to see the film was made special by meeting the director through one of the technologies used in the film. The week then ended with a return to City’s in-house training facilities and a visit to the telehealth suite.

In September City PGDip nursing students will visit HKPU. They will have the opportunity to observe how nursing is taught and health care delivered in Hong Kong and they will participate in HKPU’s integrative Health Clinic and learn about training in local services such as smart eating, pain management and traditional Chinese medicine and aromatherapies. While in Hong Kong, City students will also attend classes alongside qualified nurses studying for their MSc in nursing.

“I’m looking forward to experiencing nursing from a completely different perspective and also travelling to the other side of the World,” said one nursing student from City. “Most of all, I want to see how alternative therapies are used together with Western medicine. To see the quality of nursing students, their university timetables, and to learn about how political influences shape healthcare in Hong Kong.”

HKPU is one of City’s WC2 partners (World Cities, World Class) a consortium of universities which meet at an annual symposium to think about global topics. There have been health symposiums in London, Berlin and San Paolo attended by City and HKPU students and staff where shared concerns about ageing populations and healthy communities have been explored. Experiences from the exchange will feed in to future symposium.

The benefits of the exchange summarised by students include fundraising skills and broader horizons. A student who has already been involved in an exchange said it was one of the best experiences they had at university and food for thought on future career choices as it gave them interesting topics to discuss in interviews.

“Without my university links I wouldn’t have had the chance to do what I did,” they said.

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