HEALTHCARE in China is being given a boost thanks to Essex County Council’s International Trade Department, Essex International (EI).
The department is helping primary healthcare in China’s Jiangsu Province by opening doors for a range of partners interested in doing business in the country.
This includes community care centres, hospitals, training colleges, elderly care providers, universities and GP surgeries.
EI have developed a training programme for senior practitioners in China to help them develop a new healthcare system.
Working with the ICENI centre (more details in Notes to Editors) in Colchester, as well as unique and well-established links in China and the UK, EI developed a GP training programme that attracted keen interest. As a result, they are now delivering a month-long training programme to GPs from China.
This month, 15 GPs from various hospitals in Wuxi City in Jiangsu Province are attending seminars by leading subject experts, followed by site visits.
Dr Sun Ming, head of the GP delegation, said: “After decades of practice, the NHS system in the UK has accumulated rich experience. The NHS provides decent and free health care to the public, which can offer significant guidance for China’s current medical reform.
“Essex International, from Essex County Council, has designed a comprehensive study programme, invited medical experts with great experience and knowledge to give lectures, set up site visits to hospitals and GP practices and arranged a dialogue with UK medical practitioners. This enables us to gain a deep and practical knowledge of the NHS.”
China is currently undergoing a reform of its healthcare service, and is looking at how the NHS works in order to learn how to relieve the pressure on Chinese hospitals. After detailed consultation with experts in the NHS, and other UK healthcare professionals, EI designed a training programme specifically for GPs visiting from Wuxi City.
The course will enable participants to examine the UK system of healthcare in detail and understand how it is planned, structured, financed and made available to individuals and families.
Mr Tan Arulampalam, Clinical Director of The ICENI Centre and Consultant Surgeon at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The GP training programme has allowed an exchange of ideas and understanding of healthcare, organisational and process issues in both the NHS and the emerging public health system in China. The team of doctors, pharmacists and paramedical staff from the ICENI Centre have enjoyed working with colleagues from abroad, and this will be an important stepping stone in further exchange visits and training. This would not have been possible without the hard work of Essex International and the ICENI administrative team. It has been an exciting and very fruitful venture working with them.”
Over the course of four weeks the GPs will find out about the different aspects of the NHS and the role of the GP, to give them an overview of the UK healthcare system and see it being run in practice.
The course is part of the wider relationship between Wuxi Municipal Government and ECC. The overall aim is to exchange expertise and to deepen and broaden the relationship between the two organisations, as well as give a detailed understanding of the role of the GP within a complex system.
Cllr Penny Channer, Deputy to the Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Infrastructure, Waste and Recycling at Essex County Council, said: “There is no question that Essex is getting ahead of the rest of the UK in its established access to China, and in seeing opportunities in that market. This has resulted in the successful development of a healthcare training programme at just the right time, as China is looking to strengthen its own healthcare provision.
“Essex International has unique links and vital expertise, enabling it to devise and develop mutually beneficial opportunities for businesses and organisations in both China and Essex.”
Through an exclusive 26-year relationship with Jiangsu Province, EI is able to provide unique access and offer the right connections to help organisations and businesses develop partnerships to help increase their presence in the Chinese market.
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