"There are many people in our eight hospitals who have
been spending time helping in lots of ways in parts of the world
where the people have so little and where we can do so
much. Despite our economic pressures we are so fortunate and I
know many of you have got so much out of work like this, as well as
making a major contribution to the lives of others."
Our Trust has been involved in raising
awareness of the benefits of volunteering abroad for a number of
years. Staff from various disciplines and professional background
have been supported in sharing their knowledge and experience with
hospitals all over the world, particularly those in developing
countries, those affected by conflict, and areas affected by
natural disasters. The programme works to ensure that staff,
patients and students, both at the Trust and overseas, benefit from
increased skills and understanding that is gained from worldwide
health partnerships and links.
Our aims are achieved by staff giving their time and expertise -
voluntarily and in their own time.
Human Resources Support
Staff considering volunteering abroad should contact their
line manager, in the first instance, who will direct them to the
appropriate guidelines and supporting application documentation
(which includes general principles and application criteria).
The department does not have a direct input into a specific
scheme but occasionally carries out vaccinations and can refer you
to various schemes.
Volunteers would need to ensure they take out their own personal
insurance and medical indemnity as Trust insurance only covers
those carrying out work on behalf of the Trust.
Charitable Funds Support
The Charitable Funds Committee of the Trust has agreed to
establish a small fund which anyone who is planning to volunteer
abroad can apply to. The application will be considered to ensure
it fulfils Charitable Funds guidance. Although the amounts that may
be offered will be relatively small, they can go some way to
New Guidelines & Application Form (Autumn 2015) currently
available from Mr Alwyn Hughes, Director of Corporate
Services/Trust Secretary at Victoria.Hellowell@cmft.nhs.uk
Other Useful links
School of Tropical Medicine
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Trust staff have shared their experiences about volunteering
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