Volunteer Physiotherapy Coordinator – Sierra Leone

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The King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP) is a long-term capacity building partnership between King’s Health Partners in London and key partner institutions in Sierra Leone. KSLP aims to help strengthen Sierra Leone’s health system by improving training, clinical services, policy and research. Key partners include Connaught Hospital, the College of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), Connaught Government Hospital and the Ministry of Health & Sanitation.

KSLP is looking to recruit a Volunteer Physiotherapy Coordinator to support programmes in Connaught hospital and the Sierra Leone Clubfoot programme. This person will be based in Freetown and will have a critical role in supporting both the Connaught Hospital Physiotherapy Service and the Sierra Leone National Clubfoot Program:

Duties at Connaught would include:

  • Building capacity and improving service delivery in priority areas including (areas from above
  • Developing continuous professional development programme for within Connaught
  • Mentoring existing staff
  • Working with partners to support the development of an in country physiotherapy qualification.

Responsibilities associated with the Clubfoot programme include:

  • Monitoring and evaluation of clubfoot clinics to ensure adequate data collection, peer evaluation and standards of practice are in place.
  • Organising ongoing training programmes in Ponseti
  • Keeping up to date on research and practices in Ponseti
  • Assisting counselling team with their work on raising awareness, collection of patient stories and developing facilitation guides for parental support groups.
  • Supporting the NRC team to work with partners to raise awareness of clubfoot
  • Advocating for Ponseti method to be included on medical, nursing and physiotherapy curriculum.

It is essential that the applicant have the following:

  • Qualifications: Recognized physiotherapy degree
  • Experience: Extensive post graduate experience in a wide variety of clinical settings including musculoskeletal, respiratory, neurology, and pediatrics; managerial and supervisory experience; teaching experience
  • Skills: Ability to analyze and interpret complex clinical situations and manage appropriately within the limitations of the context; ability to devise or adapt clinical guidelines in a manner that is appropriate to the context; ability to devise, deliver, and evaluate training
  • Personal Characteristics: Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills, highly skilled in the use of verbal and non-verbal communication with clients, carers, and families; skilled at working independently with minimal supervision; ability to work flexibly within a sometimes unpredictable environment

Prior clinical experience with Ponseti and in Africa or other developing countries would be advantageous.

Support Provided to Volunteers

This post is a one-year unpaid voluntary position but the post holder will be provided with the following support:

  • Three return flights from London to Freetown
  • Multi-entry visa, residency permit & professional registration
  • Vaccinations & antimalarials
  • Accommodation
  • Insurance
  • Stipend for living expenses (£500 per month)