Guy Daly, CoDH Executive Member – Global
As CoDH has now appointed global leads for Scotland (Charlotte Clarke, University of Edinburgh) and Wales (Helen Carey, Glyndwr University), we have developed a work plan for our global portfolio with a four-nation approach that seeks to raise the profile of our members’ international work and promote global networks and partnerships for nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students and academics.
When we recently reviewed our draft work plan for the coming academic year, we wanted to ensure that it takes account of the nuances of the four countries of the UK. We appreciate that there is a great deal of work and experience that members in each of the four countries are doing and we wish to capitalise on this, not least in terms of:
- scoping the international activities and partnerships of CoDH members
- scoping the impact of Brexit across the four countries – including student recruitment, the health and care workforce, and the higher education health academic workforce
- developing an understanding of the regulatory body challenges to developing health higher education provision abroad and to recruiting international students
- publicising examples of members’ global projects and partnerships
Last week, we launched a call for members to let us know about international projects or initiatives they are involved with and that they would be happy for us to publish in order to illustrate the UK’s international reach in nursing, midwifery and AHP education and research. These examples could range from capacity building projects to cross-national curriculum development to cross-border research projects.
Brexit is of course a major concern for the whole sector, as CoDH highlighted last year after the referendum had been decided. Through our membership in the Cavendish Coalition, we are now working with organisations from across the health and social care sector on providing evidence on EU citizens working in this area as well as influencing decisions on Brexit that are likely to impact on the health and social care workforce.
As part of our membership engagement objectives outlined in CoDH’s strategic plan for 2018-2021, we are also planning international contributions at our member events. Building international relationships with colleagues within the UK’s higher education sector and colleagues abroad, is a key aspect of our aim to facilitate global networks of healthcare research academics and higher education leaders.
The wider CoDH Global Advisory Group is scheduled to join up via a teleconference in September where we will look to develop the work plan and our focus of activity for 2017-18. If any members are interested in being involved in this group and are not already, they are welcome to get in touch with Dorothea Baltruks.