The June Excellence in Obstetrics Skills course at Kitovu finally gets underway today, run by a new team from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. It is great to see the course incorporating recommendations from Nisha and Amy’s visit in April, in particular the revised action planning guidance: adding implementation intentions and coping planning.  We hope to develop other recommendations into workable formats in collaboration with the RCOG team, as the course progresses.

Nisha and Fiona’s other key aims for this week are to explore what types of social support may be acceptable and practical for Ugandan practitioners, in the absence of support from the UK team further down the line, and to collect video stories from previous graduates of the Excellence in Obstetrics Course to illustrate the positive outcomes delegates might expect from adopting the recommended practice changes.  In behavioural science terms, this provides a more convincing rationale to foster autonomous motivation for change based on local experiences.  Following a day of preparation and rehearsals yesterday with the returning Ugandan course graduates who will form part of the training faculty, we have our behaviour change technique checklists and audio recording equipment at the ready to see what difference behavioural science input could make this time around.  More to follow…..
Nisha and Fiona

About the Authors:

Fiona Gillison is Senior Lecturer in Exercise & Health Psychology at the University of Bath. She visited to Uganda in June and September 2016 as part of The Change Exchange.

Nisha Sharma visited to Uganda in April, June and September 2016 as part of The Change Exchange.