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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Clinicians from Singapore Visit SWLSTG

The Trust recently welcomed two clinicians from Singapore who observed our OCD team for 3 weeks. 

Dr Jayaraman Hariram (Consultant Psychiatrist) and Saralla Arunasalam (Advanced Practice Nurse) were on site to observe sessions and find out more about the Trust’s inpatient and outpatient work.

Speaking to the two clinicians about their observations both were positive about their experience and the learnings they would take back to their teams in Singapore.

“So far we only have out-patients in our services, and seeing the way the services are run with in-patient units are run and managed is an eye opener for me," Ms Arunasalam said.

“Psychiatric services are mainly delivered by Institute of Mental Health in Singapore. It’s been an excellent opportunity to come and visit Dr Lynne Drummond and her team, Dr Hariram said.

“There are similarities between the two systems, in Singapore we are facing similar issues to the NHS, the resources are getting smaller, and expectations are higher. A number of our trainees come to the UK for training, so the models are very closely aligned."

“We will form a report and send it to our managers back in Singapore outlining our learnings here, and what is the next step forward. We have already told them that we are interested in exploring the in-patient unit, such as the one that the Trust has here.”


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