THE challenges facing refugee health professionals wanting to return to medical practice will be discussed at a special event.
Supporting Refugee and Asylum Seeker Healthcare Professionals into Employment will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Durham on Wednesday 28 November.
A partnership between the trust, the Investing in People and Culture charity in Middlesbrough and Health Education England (North East) set the scheme up in 2015.
Since then, two participants have passed their medical and English language exams and are working as doctors at the University Hospital of North Tees and several others are in clinical attachments working towards professional exams.
Professor Jane Metcalf (pictured with one of the participants, Abdul Al-Asadi), the trust’s deputy medical director who leads the programme, said: “We are delighted with how well this project has been progressing.
“We already have two doctors who have completed the programme and have successfully secured full time roles at the trust. People who were frustrated at not being able to do the jobs they loved and whose skills were not being used.
“This event will be an opportunity to highlight this work, as well for people to take part in workshops to discuss the many challenges facing refugee and asylum seeker healthcare professionals returning to practice in this country.
“It will also be an opportunity to learn about the theoretical framework with the underpinning features required to run a successful scheme and develop policy.
“It will be suitable for professionals or organisations involved in similar schemes or who want to set up or link with similar schemes or those interested in shaping national policy regarding supporting our colleagues.”
Keynote speakers will include Fahira Mulamehic from the Refugee Council, professor Namita Kumar from Health Education England North East and a podcast from Paul Williams, MP for Stockton South.