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Table 2 Summary of findings

From: Health worker experiences of and movement between public and private not-for-profit sectors—findings from post-conflict Northern Uganda

Themes Public sector PNFP
Training experiences
 Management   Stricter rules
 Quality of training Good tutors but some absences
More limited clinical exposure
Good and present tutors
Good exposure to clinical experience
 Workload   High workload
 Incentives Wider range of incentives, including financial Limited (mainly non-financial) incentives
Working experiences
 Management and organisational culture Perceived greater flexibility about leave arrangements
Exposure to expatriate (NGO) staff—appreciated—especially during conflict
More restrictions (e.g. on dual practice and time management)
Exposure to expatriate (missionary) staff, with positive effects on learning, especially during conflict
 Workload High workload in IDP camps High workload during and after conflict—but helps to maintain skills
 Incentives Low salaries, especially important later in middle of life cycle; irregular or absent during conflict; various coping strategies described
Benefit from monetary incentives such as consolidated allowance and hard to reach allowance
Low salaries, especially important in middle of life cycle; various coping strategies described
Only access short-term, externally funded monetary incentives
Package of non-financial incentives, which vary across facilities
Reasons for moving, staying and factors influencing future intentions
 Attraction Better overall package—leave, pension, allowances, higher salary
Flexibility on leave and dual practice
Lower workload
Able to exercise skills better
Better job security
More access to training
Bonding (but sometimes perceived as detention)
Good working relationships and ties of family obligation
Availability of free health care for them and their families
 Retention Loyalty to sector which trained you
Frequent short trainings
Strict rules on dual practice/inflexibilities on leave
Perceived high work load
No job security (mainly contractual)
Limited access to training