Delighted to share this great news with you all. Thank you ever so much for the support. Please see the report below from the Central and North West London NHS press office…
Dorcas Gwata, a CNWL Clinical Nurse Specialist based in Westminster, has been awarded a prestigious travel scholarship by the Florence Nightingale Foundation to undertake research in Zimbabwe.
She will begin her four-week study in April 2015. While there, Dorcas will be involved in a community based HIV-Psychological program that is using cultural methods to address and improve access to anti-retroviral therapy for people with HIV.
Dorcas will be studying a culturally adjusted model of care currently being widely scaled up in the country, which has improved patients’ adherence to HIV and their mental health outcomes, in an area with high exposure to HIV, domestic violence and alcohol abuse.
The Zimbabwean native said she chose to visit the country because within Sub-Sahara Africa, Zimbabwe is “effectively leading on cultural interventions to address, reduce and manage HIV and psychological needs in areas of high HIV exposure and other social variables” such as substance misuse.
She added: “I believe that some of the best evidence of cultural interventions can be drawn from low income countries that have robustly adapted these models well and are also accustomed to working with minimal resources.”
When she returns, Dorcas will use the research to inform her work at the Trust with young people and families involved in gangs in Westminster.
Upon receiving this notable award, Dorcas, said: “I am greatly honoured to be awarded the scholarship, and equally excited about the lessons I will bring back to the NHS”.
Dorcas hopes to publish her findings in July 2015 through the Florence Nightingale Trust and other outlets.