Chinese GPs knowledge exchange partnership

Chinese GPsEssex International has been hosting a delegation of 18 Chinese GPs in a unique three week knowledge-exchange partnership. The aim of the partnership was for the GPs to look to the UK’s primary healthcare system for examples on how to relieve the pressure on the hospitals in China.

Essex International put together a bespoke training course which was jointly delivered with the ICENI Centre in Colchester. The training included lectures and site visits and covered the following topics…

  •            Overview of the NHS and local health care system in England
  •            Primary health care, the role of GPs and training of GPs
  •            How a General Practice is staffed, run, financed and regulated

“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.”

Peter Manning, Head of Essex International, Essex International

Outcome from a business visit to China

Chinese GPsThis knowledge exchange partnership follows visits by Essex International to China when discussions, set up by Essex International, between Essex County Council and Deputy Director-General of the Health Commission saw a new training programme agreed for GPs. The business visit to China was to explore opportunities of collaboration in healthcare between Essex and Chinese organisations and businesses.

The training course put together by Essex International for the Jiangsu Health Commission is the start of a long term training collaboration incorporating digi health, hospital management systems, SMART healthcare system using big data, electronic health records and developing IT technology and telemedicine. Future plans are to deliver the course in China.

China’s healthcare reform

China is currently undergoing a reform of its healthcare service and Jiangsu Province has been signposted by the Chinese national government as a pilot province for this healthcare reform.

Building on its unique links with Jiangsu, going back almost 30 years, Essex International has developed a close link with the Jiangsu Health Commission. The Jiangsu Health Commission is the governmental authority in Jiangsu Province looking after the health of a population of 80million.

“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.”

Daijia Fu, Director, Nanhu Community Health Service Centre of Nanjing

Access to China

Chinese GPsEssex International are not only able to help guide China in its healthcare reform by introducing healthcare professionals in Essex but can help UK businesses meet potential buyers and facilitate discussions leading to business deals.

Through its unique links with Jiangsu, going back almost 30 years, Essex International can provide privileged access in China to even the biggest UK companies.

To be kept up to date with future Chinese delegations visiting Essex and business networking events to meet buyers, distributors and customers sign up for alerts here.

About the ICENI Centre

The ICENI Centre is a joint venture between Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust and Anglia Ruskin University housed in a purpose built Research and Education Centre in Colchester. The influence of the ICENI Centre is seen across the Eastern region and the centre now acts as a focus for surgical research and training in conjunction with partner hospitals within the Anglia Ruskin postgraduate medical community.

"We are 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 will learn 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."

Professor Roger Motson, Director, ICENI

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Ge Jing
Ge Jing

Senior Professional Training Manager

+44 (0) 7789 187661


Ge Jing heads up our team providing development and training for Chinese government civil servants. Ge Jing draws on her previous experience of working for a Chinese provincial government department to provide Essex International’s business and local government clients with advice on how to manage and develop government relations, which is often a key aspect of doing business in China.

Peter Manning
Peter Manning

Head of Essex International

+44 (0) 7907 025 155


Extensive 'in market' experience in China, India and the UK. 15 years in the fields of inward investment, international trade, international realtionships and business development. His experience of helping UK and Chinese businesses, universities and governments do business together has given Peter detailed knowledge of how to do business in China and a wide range of contacts. Peter has an MBA from Henley Business School (Reading University), and was awarded an OBE in 2019 in the New Year’s Honours List for UK/China Relations.