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Phi was invited to the  launch of the Centre for Medical, Social and Health Care Education Overseas, a new venture by Winchester University. Shane Godbolt represented Phi at the event on 2nd May, 2014.

Three principles guide the Centre's work :

  • Support the development of medical, health and social care services that meet the particular needs of low-income countries.
  • Work towards the creation there of the necessary professional groups who are educated to the highest standards.
  • Any involvement must in due course become locally sustainable.

The Centre will offer a forum for sharing high quality development work that is educationally sound and a foundation conference is planned for the Autumn of 2014. The Centre’s Director is Honorary Professor  Dr Colin Coles whose background is in education.  He was initially a school teacher and then a university lecturer becoming involved in the research and development of the undergraduate curriculum at the University of Southampton School of Medicine, and educational development within the Wessex Deanery for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education. His research interests include the development of professional judgment, and curriculum development in Health Professions education. He is currently involved in health professions development projects in Ghana and Zambia. 

In an exchange of emails relating to Phi’s work Dr Coles wrote: The main purpose of the Centre is to address the educational challenges of overseas development work, and central to that is what you [Phi] are doing.

This an interesting and very welcome new initiative. I'm following up several contacts made on the day.  It was good to meet John Acres who manages Wessex Global Health Network Website.  http://www.wessexghnetwork.org.uk. He will be including something about  Phi and  a link to our website in due course.  We look forward to seeing the new Centre flourish and hope in future there may be projects to which Phi and its partners can contribute.

Shane Godbolt, 7 May 2014

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