Vice-Chancellor presents awards to palliative care graduates in Nairobi
Friday, 24 February 2017
Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor at Oxford Brookes, attended a graduation ceremony in Nairobi last week (18 February) as part of a unique University collaboration providing palliative care education.
Oxford Brookes has
been working with Nairobi Hospice for over 15 years to produce skilled
The Diploma in
Palliative Care is a franchise agreement between Nairobi
Hospice, Kenya and the University’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. It offers
practitioners from Africa the opportunity to achieve an internationally
respected qualification with minimum absence from their own practice and
course is designed to enable practitioners to develop skills and knowledge in
the care of individuals and families coping with a life-threatening illness and
bereavement. The partnership between Brookes and Nairobi Hospice has produced a
generation of leaders in African palliative care.
Professor Alistair Fitt,
Vice-Chancellor at the University, attended the ceremony and was on hand to
present the graduates with their diplomas. He commented: “I am delighted that
our collaboration with Nairobi Hospice continues to go from strength to
strength and it is an honour to be awarding diplomas to our latest graduates.
“This is the sixth cohort of
students to be taught by members of the Nairobi Hospice team and reaffirms
Oxford Brookes’ commitment to a global outlook and in supporting an
international provision of palliative care.”
“Our Diploma in Palliative Care
gives talented, dedicated students the skills they need to go on to do great
things. Indeed, a number of graduates have gone on to lead the development of
palliative care more widely across Kenya – something I believe is a testament
to the success of our partnership.”
The latest graduates will join the
doctors, nurses, social workers and physiotherapists from African countries
including Malawi, Swaziland, Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and
Kenya who have already completed the course.