Visiting Professional Programme – Paediatric Rheumatology
The Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Paediatric Rheumatology Visiting Professional Programme (VPP) is designed to provide international visiting professionals with the opportunity to experience first-hand our unique paediatric rheumatology service, which specialises in treating juvenile idiopathic arthritis, dermatomyositis, systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma and vasculitis conditions, as well as chronic pain, musculoskeletal imbalances and sports injuries. The programme offers a unique chance to be fully integrated within a service which is at the forefront of clinical activity and training.
The programme has been designed by our clinical leads to provide a unique development experience which enables visiting professionals to broaden their clinical expertise and learn new skills that can be transferred back to their work place. We are excited to deliver exclusive access to observe and work alongside our paediatric rheumatology faculty and to provide an opportunity for international professionals to gain insight into our Trust and the role that our staff play within the NHS.
Overall programme aims
The programme is aimed at those who wish to extend their clinical expertise in paediatric rheumatology medicine within Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
The aims of the programme include:
- Experience of the NHS and working in one of the largest teaching hospitals and provider of children’s services in London
- Exposure of a diverse range of rheumatology conditions, including juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), juvenile systemic lupus erythematosis (lupus), juvenile dermatomyositis, scleroderma, vasculitis, chronic pain, and musculoskeletal imbalances and sports injuries
- Direct experience and exposure of clinics and ward rounds
- Interaction with multidisciplinary team members within the rheumatology service, including specialist physiotherapists and psychologists
- Opportunities to participate in internal clinical academic meetings and educational activities
- The opportunity to create networks and links for future learning and development
Individual weekly timetables will be created depending on each visiting professional’s requirements.