A Lancashire nurse will travel to Cambodia this month as part of a team of health care professionals sharing their knowledge and experience.
Sian Beard has recently retired from the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust where she worked for over 20 years as the Matron for Medicine and then as an Infection Prevention Matron.
She will work with the charity Transform Healthcare Cambodia to help empower locals to build a health system from scratch, as they recover from the atrocities of the Pol Pot regime.
Sian said: “I’m looking forward to working alongside colleagues in Cambodia and sharing my clinical and managerial experience whilst gaining a better understanding of working within a challenging, under resourced environment, whilst being respectful of cultural differences.
“Infection prevention has been recognised as a priority at the Battambang Provincial Referral Hospital and supporting nursing and medical staff there through education, to understand the impact of good infection prevention practice will be a priority for the charity.”
She added: “I feel very fortunate to be joining a team of experienced, like-minded people and I am looking forward to meeting and working alongside the staff both from the UK and the staff at the Battambang Provincial Referral Hospital.”