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In March 2019, three nurses, Breda Athan, Marta Sobrado and Yvonne Carter were invited to visit the East Kazakhstan Regional Hospital in collaboration with Marat Sharanov, Chief of the East Kazakhstan Healthcare Region, to plan an improvement programme for patient care and development of the nursing services there. This visit included lectures, clinical visits and sharing of experiences. Some members of the Kazakhstan team had previously visited The Royal Free and were particularly interested in developing nursing strategies, staff training, infection prevention and control and patient safety.
Observation and clinical visits soon identified excellent clinical skills and highly skilled staff, but the structures and pathways for care were not clearly defined. Many nurses were motivated and clearly proficient to develop their roles and many doctors were keen to support developments within the nursing service. At this time, there is insufficient experience to instigate and implement processes that they felt were exemplified by the National Health Service and the Royal Free in particular. A programme of immediate actions was drawn up and a further plan for longer term actions will be shared shortly.
Feedback from the visit was so positive, with a request for the opportunity to send further nurses to The Royal Free for training and for a return visit to Kazakhstan to monitor improvements and move further forward. The staff were so warm and welcoming, so keen to learn and gain insight from The Royal Free nurses. Although it was exhausting, so much to share in only one week, the satisfaction from the programme, the immense respect and generosity of the staff in Kazakhstan cannot be adequately described, it was such an invaluable experience.