African trip reveals recruitment challenges

A group of UK-based physios saw a different side of professional life last month, when they took a working trip to Tanzania.

For a start, Birgit Mueller-Winkler, the CSP’s adviser for international development, noticed the recruitment challenge faced by the society’s opposite number. Just 38 of Tanzania’s 250 physios are members of their professional body.

Part of Ms Mueller-Winkler’s role is to support members who plan to work overseas or have trained abroad and want to practise in the UK.

She was visiting the East African country with Myless Mwanza and Tina Everett, both of them from ADAPT, the CSP’s professional network for physios in international health and development.

‘Tina ran a one-week course for physios at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam last year, which was very popular and she was asked to return,’ said Ms Mueller-Winkler, who is a physio specialising in paediatrics.

‘This year they also wanted some training in paediatrics, which is where I came in.’

The group ran a series of workshops for local practitioners and got some hands-on experience in a hospital clinic.

Getting around was another experience, said Ms Mueller- Winkler. ‘Some days we caught a daladala or minibus from our hostel to the university– and if you think the London tube is crowded in the rush hour, you should try this form of transport.’

Ian A McMillan

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