Volunteering and overseas placements in the NHS : a survey of current activity

Chatwin, JR ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3091-9117 and Ackers, HL ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7811-636X 2016, 'Volunteering and overseas placements in the NHS : a survey of current activity' , British Medical Journal (BMJ), 6 (10) , e01216.

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Objective The study aimed to establish current levels of overseas volunteering and placement activity across all staff grades within the NHS in the North West of England. Design Cross-sectional survey. Instrument Descriptive statistics. Setting Four main regional hospitals in the North West of England, and additional NHS staff training events. Participants Convenience sample of NHS staff (n=911) Results 911 NHS staff took part in the survey. The medical and dental staff group returned the highest number of responses (32.1%). 42% of staff reported some form of overseas volunteering or placement experience. Most staff took an international placement as students (33.6% males; 40.6% females). Medium term placements were undertaken by 46.7% of males, and 52.5% of females. Settlement stays (i.e. over 1 year) were reported by 7.6% males, and 8.3% females). The majority of respondents engaged in international placement were from the age groups incorporating ‘below 25’ to ‘41-50’ (74%). Multiple placement experiences were uncommon: 2.5% of respondents reported three periods of overseas activity, and 1.5% reported four. All those with multiple placement experience came from the staff groups incorporating midwife / nurse / health visitor, and medical and dental. Conclusions This survey captured a snapshot of current levels of volunteering and overseas placement activity across NHS staff grades in the North West. Due to relatively homogenous organisational structures, findings are likely to broadly represent the position across the organisation as a whole. Although some degree of overseas placement activity is undertaken by a relatively high proportion of NHS staff, such activity is currently heavily skewed towards higher clinical staff grades. Significant numbers of allied health professionals and equivalent non-clinical cadres also report overseas experience, and we anticipate that numbers will continue to rise if current policy initiatives gain momentum.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN: 0959-8138
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Funders: HEE
Depositing User: USIR Admin
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2016 10:48
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 21:10
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/40071

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