Essex International has waved goodbye to 18 Chinese GPs following a bespoke three week training programme to learn about the UK’s healthcare system.
As a part of the unique 30 year Jiangsu partnership, the three week knowledge exchange was delivered jointly with the ICENI Centre in Colchester. The expert team shared examples with the delegation on how they could effectively relieve pressure on hospitals in China.
The training programme included lectures and site visits, covering items such as an overview of the NHS and local health care system in England, Primary health care - the role of GPs and training of GPs, and how a General Practice is staffed, run, financed and regulated.
Peter Manning, Head of Essex International, said: “Through helping this group of Chinese doctors understand how the UK’s primary health care system operates, Essex International is in turn opening doors to business opportunities in China for Essex healthcare businesses.
This long-term programme is a win-win for both sides and we are keen to help other healthcare businesses who may be interested in the China market.”
Essex International has developed a close link with the Jiangsu Health Commission, and this three week programme has seen China looking to the UK for guidance and best practice as they seek to reform their healthcare system.
Daijia Fu, Director, Nanhu Community Health Service Centre of Nanjing, commented: “Thanks to the county of Essex for the wonderful arrangement of the Chinese GP Educational Programme for the Jiangsu GP Delegation. We have learnt plenty of valuable experience from the UK NHS healthcare system, which will surely help us to improve the basic medical services in China. We sincerely look forward to further communication between both sides in the future.”
The training is the start of a long-term collaboration incorporating digi health, hospital management systems, SMART healthcare system using big data, electronic health records and developing IT technology and telemedicine.
Developed alongside the ICENI Centre in Colchester, future plans are to deliver the bespoke training course in China.
Professor Roger Motson, Director, ICENI, said: "We were delighted to welcome this group of Chinese GPs from Jiangsu province in China.
We have previously trained surgeons from Changzhou in Jiangsu and continuing our longer term connections with China is part of our international educational strategy. In this three week visit they have learnt about the many differences between the UK and Chinese health systems and take home some new ideas that they can develop into their own practices."
Through its unique links with Jiangsu, Essex International can provide privileged access in China to even the biggest UK companies.
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