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China looks to Essex on Healthcare Reform

15 June 2016

Two leading Essex Hospitals were under the spotlight this week as they welcomed top medical experts from China, who visited to learn about best practice healthcare for the elderly.

Six delegates from Jiangsu Provincial Hospital were given tours of Basildon University Hospital and Braintree Community Hospital.

The tour, which was organised by Essex International, Essex County Council’s International Trade team, showcased best practice, particularly looking at ways the delegation could better support its rapidly ageing population.

This is not the first such visit and is part of a wider medical care reform programme in which senior Chinese healthcare professionals are looking to Essex hospitals for guidance.
During the two-day visit, Essex hospitals offered advice on community-based care, the introduction of specialised, rehabilitation hospitals and improved care home facilities for older citizens.

Councillor Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Partnerships, said: “Through our partnership with Jiangsu Province in China, we are opening up opportunities to exchange knowledge and experience with China. This is another great example of how Essex is leading the way with one of China’s top medical institutions looking to Essex hospitals as the country undergoes significant reform to its healthcare system.”

John Niland, chief executive, Provide said: "Provide delivers a number of community health and care services from Braintree Community Hospital and the Chinese Health Professionals were keen to know more about how these services operated.   It was an extremely interesting and useful visit and our organisation is keen to build strong relationships with the Chinese healthcare sector.  We look forward to further exchanges as China works to improve the health of its population."

Celia Skinner, medical director, Basildon University Hospital said: “It was a pleasure to meet the delegation, show them around parts of the hospital and tell them more about the way hospitals and the NHS are run in the UK. They seemed particularly interested in our newly opened frailty unit, due to the growing demand from older patients on their hospital services.”