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Good practices in community nursing in Great Britain

In the framework of the partnership between Varna Medical University and UNICEF – Bulgaria on a project for establishment of a “Center for maternal and child health” in the town of Shumen, experts from the University visited Great Britain. The visit was aimed at studying good community nursing practices.  

 From 3rd to 10th November 2013, a part of the team of the Faculty of Public Health, including Prof. Sonya Toncheva, the Coordinator Assoc. Prof. Silvia Borisova, Assistant Prof. Teodora Evtimova and clinical psychologist Sevdjihan Ejubova, met representatives of the National Healthcare Agency of Great Britain in South Warwickshire. The organizational structure, the practice and competence of home care were presented. Teachers and students from the specialty “Community Nursing” also took part in the meetings. The team met the Director of the specialists in healthcare at the South West Trust for healthcare – Helen Lancaster was organized and issues regarding the community care practice of the nurses in Great Britain and Bulgaria were discussed.

During the training the team from the Faculty of Public Health visited the University in Coventry where they meet the leadership of the Nursing Department together with teachers, training nurses and midwives. Future relations and opportunities for teachers’ and students’ exchange in the framework of ERASMUS programme.

The representatives of Varna Medical University attended the Pediatric ward “Mac Gregory” and the delivery surgery in the hospitals in Warwick and Coventry, the Center for children of Kingsway and family issues, the Clinic in Riversly, Naniton, Hospice for children “Zoe”, the Center for child’s development, Children's center for baby massage and etc.,.  The team of experts together with the community nurses from South Warwickshire saw the Home of pregnant and newborn. The specialists from the Faculty of Public Health familiarized with the policies for development of the community care and documentation related to the training of the community nurses.