Canterbury Christ Church University Hospital
In April 2016, a group of fifteen students from the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Canterbury Christ Church University, travelled to Kerala in India for a 12-day educational visit.
The students, 7 Adult Nursing, 6 Midwifery and 2 Social Work students, were accompanied by 5 facilitators and visited the Jubilee Medical Mission Hospital & Research Institute in Thrissur, Kerala, India. This unique opportunity enabled them to learn about the provision of health and social care in another country and the important role that culture, tradition, family and religion played in this care. The students were allocated a third year Keralan adult nursing student to act as their buddy, who accompanied them to the various clinical areas, both hospital and community and who were invaluable in explaining health care provision in Kerala. This also enabled both groups of students to exchange knowledge about health care provision in the two countries and to learn that some practices in Kerala might differ from those in the UK.
The UK students, in their professions, undertook a formal presentation to their Keralan peers at a special programme for the Keralan Student Nurses Association with the topic: Trends and Patterns of Nurse Education in the UK. They also attended an international conference on Essentials in Nursing Education and whilst on community visits, attended two public health lectures by doctors in this field.
Both the UK and Keralan students participated in the 2nd stage of an international research collaboration project on burns in rural Thrissur by developing a culturally sensitive educational tool on the causes and first aid management of burns. These coloured and laminated posters, written in Malayalam, will be used by teachers in the local primary schools in Thrissur to educate children about burns with the aim that this new knowledge would be imparted to their parents and family members, in an attempt to reduce the high incidents of burns in this district of India.