Next week’s chat will be hosted by @ADAPT_CSP discussing international experiences. It will be on Monday 18th February at 8.30pm GMT
ADAPT (Chartered Physiotherapists in International Health and Development) are a Clinical Interest Group recognised by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. They aim to support members by facilitating the exchange of information and by this means to help develop effective physiotherapy services world-wide. They try to do this in a way that promotes an understanding of healthcare in all cultures and belief systems and which is socially and economically appropriate.
As a committee they have experience working in many different health settings across the world. Some of which include, training and teaching in developing countries, disaster response, UKEMT, refugee camps, international student placements, NGO’s and last but not least war and conflict zones.
During the evening there shall be discussion surrounding topics about international working as a physiotherapist. Much of the discussion will be applicable to all AHP’s in one way or another. So if you are not a physiotherapist please make this clear and we can try and direct you to some other useful resources and organisations. There are lots of opportunities to gain valuable experience and work in different global situations. However, there are also many barriers that need to be highlighted.
To start off our discussion we are going to be looking at different barriers from a ‘personal’ level to ‘guidance and report articles’ which emphasise important considerations around security, specific training, consideration of long term needs etc… (See resources). The discussion will then take a direction to where you feel you would like to work and where you would consider yourself to be most useful. This is going to depend on your own clinical experiences and career goals. Working internationally can be approached by lots of different angles, some of which may include working in clinical settings, International Development, Teaching and training, Emergency settings, Management, Student volunteer etc…
These discussion points combined with the linked resources should help to provide some background to the subject and will lead us to discuss the positives and negatives that international organisations have to offer. Such as: are some barriers preventing growth and involvement of this exciting and rewarding field of work?
Finally, we will wrap up the chat by looking into paid placements through organisations, a valuable way to gain experience in a safe and organised setting, is it worth the money and what are you likely to get out of these experiences.
Questions to consider.
- Q1: What’s stopping you from working or volunteering abroad?
- Q2: Will this help or hinder any career I might want to have back ‘home’?
- Q3: Where do you think you could be most useful?
- Q4: What do you think about International Organisations demanding ‘international experience’ before employing you? Are they missing out?
- Q5: Is it worth the money to pay for a 2-week placement via one of the well-known companies?
- Google Search: “ISPRM Responding internationally to disasters: a do’s and don’ts guide” [PowerPoint].