Members of the CaHRU team had the opportunity to hear firsthand the experiences and achievements of one of our first international visiting fellows from the University of Colombo during her time at the University of Lincoln, and before she travels back to Sri Lanka later this month.
Dr. Nadeeka Chandraratne (pictured) spent the past 18 months here in Lincoln as part of her postdoctoral training in medicine: to acquire and update her knowledge on strengthening primary health care systems, focussing on quality and cost of care and comparing the UK NHS with the Sri Lankan primary care system; and to learn about monitoring and evaluation in primary care.
During her time here she experienced one-to-one support, self-directed learning, participation in CaHRU activities such as seminars and study review meetings, and undertook field visits with the local ambulance service and at a local general practice. She participated and contributed to CaHRU studies, for example the Prehospital Outcomes for Evidence Based Evaluation (PhOEBE) programme developing new quality measures for ambulance services, a study investigating diabetes emergencies in care homes involving ambulance services and a study investigating causes of differential attainment in the GP licensing examination.
One study she worked on, an international comparison of multimorbidity policies in Australia, UK and Sri Lanka, was published in the Australian Journal of General Practice. She also had a number of studies from her previous research published in PLoSOne, BMJ Tobacco Control, and Child Abuse and Neglect and has a number of other publications in peer review or near to submission. She also passed her Diploma in the Faculty of Public Health and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health during her attachment. She particularly valued learning about teamwork and the support she received from all of her colleagues at CaHRU. After an emotional exchange of gifts, the team celebrated Nadeeka’s successful attachment with a meal at the Brayford and wished her well in her future endeavours.
By Prof Niro Siriwardena