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Excellence in: Obstetric Skills update - September 2016

Since September 2015, the RCOG and Kitovu Health Care Complex have been running emergency obstetric courses for health professionals in the Masaka region of Uganda under the umbrella of the THET Health Partnership Scheme.

2 Excellence in Obstetric Skills updateThe project set out to run 10 courses and train-the-trainer courses which have just been completed and there is ongoing monitoring and evaluation and refresher training taking place over the coming months.

In June 2016, the partnership was successful in gaining an extra Knowledge & Sustainability Grant from THET to further the impact of the project. This will facilitate a Ugandan faculty-led course in Rakai district in December 2016 and a conference to showcase the project’s impact in Kampala in Spring 2017.

Project progress to date

Ugandan Master Trainers

In September 2016, we ran our first Master Trainers course, a five-day intensive training course for 12 talented, multi-disciplinary trainers from across the Masaka and Rakai regions. The group had already undertaken a ‘train-the-trainers’ day and had experience of supporting the UK faculty in teaching previous courses however, this week focused upon the backdrop of evidence-based medicine to support the trainers when teaching.Excellence in: Obstetric Skills update

The team were joined by behavioural scientist volunteers from our sister project, The Change Exchange who delivered training on how to motivate professionals to change behaviour in the workplace.

After this, the Ugandan Master Trainers led the two last courses of the project with UK volunteers as observers and mentors.

“This training has helped me to improve my leadership skills… it has really made me feel more responsible for teaching others obstetric skills and ensuring its implementation.”

Ugandan Master Trainer

Filming visit

Excellence in: Obstetric Skills updateIn June 2016 the RCOG undertook a visit with Mile 91, a professional story-gathering and film-making company in the UK to capture the progress of the project on film and speak to individuals involved from Uganda and the UK.

We met some of the delegates who had been on previous courses who shared their stories of how the course had helped them to save lives in an emergency.

Sister Angel Nalumumba at Villa Maria Hospital

Read Angel’s story about using her new skills in an emergency.

In addition, we were delighted to be joined by Mr Marcus Filshie FRCOG, whose generous donation created the RCOG/Marcus Filshie Fellowship for trainees to support this project. The films will be released on our website in December 2016.

Read Mr Filshie’s reflection on his visit to see the project.

Read our previous updates from the project