African health officials have been given a first-hand account of how a support service could be introduced in their own country.
Delegates from the Ghana Health Service and the University of Ghana visited Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to learn about setting up an occupational therapy service.
During the five-day visit, the group met occupational therapists at North Tyneside General Hospital and saw the benefits they bring.
Dr Gbenga Afolabi, interim deputy medical director at the trust, said: “We were pleased to welcome our guests from Ghana and are delighted to work with them to help them set up the country’s first occupational therapy service.”
Dr Samuel Kaba Akoriyea, director of institutional care of Ghana Health Service, said: “We are indebted to Northumbria Healthcare for the opportunity to work with them and see at first-hand how an occupational therapy service can make such a difference to our patients in Ghana.
“Northumbria’s knowledge in the field of international development is unsurpassed and we are privileged to be collaborating with some of the best in the business. The visit was a great success.”
Northumbria Healthcare is providing support to a new degree course in occupational therapy at the University of Ghana in Accra and also advising on the launch of the occupational therapy service.
During the visit, Dr Kaba Akoriyea talked to medical students who are taking part in a six-week global health course which is run by Professor Richard Walker at North Tyneside General Hospital.