Visiting Professional Programme – Cleft

The Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Cleft Visiting Professional Programme (VPP) is designed to provide international visiting professionals with the opportunity to experience first-hand our leading South Thames Cleft Service, which specialises in the comprehensive management of cleft lip and palate from birth to adulthood. We have a fully integrated clinical team based in an all-encompassing cleft unit at the London headquarters of our regional networked service, covering South East England. Our specialist clinical team comprises of experts from the fields allied to all modalities of modern cleft care – clinical nurse specialists, surgeons, children’s and adult dentists, speech and language therapists, orthodontists and psychologists and has firm links to other teams such as audiology, ENT, dietetics, genetics etc. The programme offers a unique chance to be fully integrated within a service which is at the forefront of clinical activity, training and research.

The programmes are designed by our clinical leads to provide unique development experiences which enable 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 cleft lip and palate 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.

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Programme aims

The programme is aimed at those who wish to extend their clinical expertise in cleft lip and palate care within Evelina London.

The aims of the programme include:

  • The opportunity to have direct experience and exposure to our surgical team in the operating theatre, multidisciplinary cleft team clinics, individual cleft clinical specialists (e.g. dental, specialist nursing, orthodontic, speech therapy, psychology) and ward rounds within a unique cleft service
  • Access to the clinical nurse specialist team to view their work in the community and in the hospital alike
  • If possible, attendance at outreach multidisciplinary team clinic
  • Participation in multidisciplinary team meetings
  • Access to departmental seminars and teaching sessions as well as any and national meetings / conferences that align with your visit
  • The opportunity to develop networks and close links for future close working relations through peer mentorship throughout the programme from a named mentor
  • The opportunity to complete specialty projects and research with a view to submission for peer review

Individual weekly timetables will be created depending on each visiting professional’s requirements and will certainly involve access to the multidisciplinary clinics and those run by the individual cleft specialists in dental, clinical nurse specialist, orthodontic, speech therapy and psychology.

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to visitors upon the end of their programme.

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