July 2008
Honeymoon Grant helps new consultant John work in Paris hospital

honeymoon-grant-1Dr John Dick has just returned from a Paris hospital, where he has been broadening his experience in anaesthesia with the help of a “Honeymoon Grant” from UCLH Charity. We asked him about what he had gained from his four-month secondment.

How did you hear about the Honeymoon Grant?
From another consultant who arranged a similar opportunity a few years earlier when he fi rst took on his role.

How did you make the link with the hospital in Paris?
I bumped into the Professor who runs the department in Paris at a conference last year. He had made a similar trip himself to the USA at the beginning of his career and realised what a great opportunity these exchanges provide. He was keen to support my application, as long as my French was up to it!

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What did you hope to learn?
It’s important to constantly question whether your clinical practice is good enough or can be improved. Working in a new department makes you question why things are done in a certain way and think about ideas that you can bring back with you.

Was it worthwhile/helpful?
It was fantastic. The challenge of working in a department in a different country (and a different language) has been pretty hard, but extremely worthwhile. And the highs of meeting and looking after patients and working as a team easily made up for any diffi culties.

Would you recommend other new consultants to set up similar visits?
Mais oui, bien sûr!