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Help our NHS: Fundraising for Doctor Training

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Help Greater Lincolnshire combat the drastic shortage of doctor’s by supporting refugee doctors into practice in the county.

The Lincolnshire Refugee Doctor Project aims to boost the dwindling medical workforce in Greater Lincolnshire by supporting refugee doctors through refresher training and clinical placements to get them up to speed with UK practices and into full-time employment in the county.

In addition to the doctors themselves, the project will actively work alongside a range of community groups to help the doctor’s families integrate into the local area.

Director for Lincs Refugee Doctor Project, Dr Andrew Mowat, believes that the project is vital to help combat the number of GPs and doctors leaving their posts. In the three months to June 2018 more than 500 GPs left the workforce in England.

LRDP is the first project of its kind in a rural area and is due to launch in autumn 2019 with support from Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust and North East Lincolnshire CCG and funding from Health Education Yorkshire & Humber. It will initially recruit 10 refugee doctors before widening its remit to support more doctors and other healthcare specialists e.g. nurses and surgeons.

Doctors will be offered both hospital and community placements and guidance from mentors, tutors and supporters drawn from primary care and hospital care backgrounds.

Why we’re Crowdfunding: Across the South Humberside and North Lincolnshire communities are keenly feeling the effects of the GP workforce crisis. There are roughly around 70 current vacancies in general practice in the county.

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Research commissioned by the BMA has identified that it costs almost £300,000 to train one foundation year (FY) doctor in the UK, compared to just £25,000 to retrain a refugee doctor.

The BMA currently has more than 730 doctors registered with its refugee doctors’ initiative, only around 100 of whom have gone on to work in the NHS.

In addition to the cost of retraining, funding is needed to support the social integration of the doctors and their families. LRDP will call on local community groups and organisations such as Compassionate Lincoln and Home-Start.

Vince Ion Director & Chair of the Board

“Lincolnshire Refugee Doctors Project is enabling the crucial step of bringing refugees back into work and integrating them into the Greater Lincolnshire area. These people are highly trained medical professionals who simply need support and assistance so they can begin to practice in the NHS, your support will be greatly appreciated by all concerned”

Andrew Mowat Director Lead on Clinical Programme

“The best measure of a society is in how it welcomes people into its communities: these doctors bring skills and experience from other places to use here in Greater Lincolnshire, and they are a welcome asset to our Health community"

We already have the initial funding for the project which is a two-phased programme, starting with language skills to help refugee doctors to get through the first part of their language exam and an introduction to clinical practice. The second phase, once they have satisfied the exams in English language, will include observation placements at selected hospital units.

The Crowdfunding campaign Is targeting money, resources and your time, to support the doctors and their families, settle in the area and to provide ongoing support during the training programme.

With your backing and support from our local healthcare providers we’ll support refugee doctors as they work towards registration with the GMC and then to work in the NHS for more information visit us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram for the latest news and developments. Just search Lincs Refugee Doctors.


Emma RIley

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