For its NIHR grant the Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy & Research works closely with Interburns, a charity working to improve burn care in low and middle income countries for more than ten years. As part of the NIHR grant Interburns have developed a range of training programmes aimed at various types of healthcare professionals, from community health volunteers to nurses and surgeons. All Interburns’s courses invite participants to turn knowledge into action, in order to make real changes to their own practice and to bring about improvement within their wider healthcare teams.
In March Interburns held its second Advanced Burn Care surgery course (ABC Surgery). The training took place in Ethiopia over five days; in total, 30 international delegates, selected through a competitive application process, attended and the training was facilitated by 10 faculty members. The course was very participatory and interactive, and the high faculty to participant ratio encouraged real participation and critical thinking helping surgeons absorb and utilise best practice in burn management in their own country. ABC Surgery has been developed by an experienced cohort of burn surgeons and professionals from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and North America, who know the challenges of working in low resource settings. The feedback from the course was really positive, in terms of teaching style and content: 100% of participants said they would recommend the course to others. There has been correspondence from the participants since the training to inform the director that they have already been able to implement positive change as a result of the skills and knowledge gained from the course.
Read the full report below for a detailed account of the training, including a day-by-day run through as well as complete participant feedback.