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Global Citizenship Report launches

1 June 2017

In collaboration with a number of health education organisations, Royal Colleges, and local health boards in Scotland, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow launched a report on volunteering in the Scottish NHS entitled Global Citizenship. RCSEd was proud to collaborate with our sister College on this report, which highlights the importance of international volunteering to the Scottish NHS.

According to the report, international health volunteering complements the Scottish Government's efforts to support international development through their new International Development Strategy entitled 'Global Citizenship'. It highlights how this type of volunteering can help enhance the aims of the Scottish Government's international strategy.

The evidence from the report also points out that international volunteering can have considerable benefits for both individual clinicians and the wider NHS.

Individual benefits cited in the report include:

  • leadership and management skills
  • communication and teamwork
  • clinical skills
  • policy awareness and experience
  • academic skills
  • patient experience and dignity
  • personal resilience, satisfaction and interest

According to the report, international volunteering can also have a beneficial impact on the broader health service in the following ways:

  • enhancement of recruitment and retention
  • system learning and capacity building
  • professional development of the workforce
  • improved Scottish patient experience
  • reputational development

For more information and to download the report and view some of the video testimonials which have been created as part of the research please click on the RCPSG website.

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