Hong Kong nurses visit City as part of annual student exchange
Hong Kong Polytechnic University students visit City as part of annual exchange programme to share best-practice around nurse education.
Nurses studying at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) recently visited City, University of London as part of an annual, international exchange programme based on sharing best-practice around nurse education.
The group of Masters students started their week at City with a visit to its Clinical Skills Centre where City students demonstrated simulated practice for the visitors.
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 Hospital, City and Hackney Mental Health Service and the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in East Putney.
Jacqueline Davies, who organised the week and is a lecturer at City's School of Health Sciences, 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.
Unrest, is an international award winning documentary, and the audience was also joined by the director Jennifer Brea via Skype to discuss the film.
The week concluded with a return to City’s in-house training facilities including a visit to City TECS, the University's technology enabled care studio.
In September, PGDip nursing students from City will visit HKPU. They will have the opportunity to observe how nursing is taught and health care delivered in Hong Kong, 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. 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.”
World Cities, World Class
HKPU is one of City’s WC2 (World Cities, World Class) Network partners, a consortium of universities with a shared goal of bringing together top universities located in the heart of major world cities to address culture, environment and political issues of common interest to world cities.
City and HKPU students and staff have attended WC2 Network health symposiums in London, Berlin and San Paolo, where shared concerns about ageing populations and healthy communities were explored. Experiences from the current exchange visit will feed in to future symposia.