Dr Mahendra Senevirathna, an international visiting fellow at CaHRU and a Senior Registrar in Medical Administration, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka, bade farewell to colleagues at CaHRU with a presentation about his experience at the University of Lincoln and the UK in general.In his presentation,
Mahendra outlined what he expected to achieve prior to starting his fellowship programme in the UK, which were all met at the end of his fellowship attachment at CaHRU. Some of his learning experiences in the UK included: the readiness of the system or people to accept and apply scientific evidence to policy and practice, effective clinical governance practices in the NHS, research and general life experiences.
Despite the initial challenges of working in a new country, he enjoyed his one year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Lincoln. He plans to apply his learning and experience to the health system in Sri Lanka, starting with his role as a Senior Medical Administrator.
Mahendra and his family returned to Sri Lanka in May 2019 where he will complete his postgraduate training and resume his appointment as Medical Superintendent at Nuwara Eliya Base Hospital, Sri Lanka. We will miss Mahendra, but we wish him well in his future endeavours.
By Dr Joseph Akanuwe