Essex leading the way helping China’s healthcare system

Essex leading the way helping China’s healthcare system

Visiting GP's from WuxiEssex County Council and their International Trade Department, Essex International (EI), are helping to shape the delivery of the primary care healthcare in Jiangsu Province by opening doors for a range of partners interested in doing business in China. This includes community care centres, hospitals, training colleges, elderly care providers, universities and GP surgeries.

EI have developed a training programme for senior Chinese practitioners in China to help them to develop a new healthcare system. Working with the ICENI centre in Colchester and unique and well-established links and relationships in China, and the UK, EI developed a GP training programme that attracted interest in China. They are now delivering a month long training programme to GP’s from China.

This month 15 GP’s from various hospitals in Wuxi City in Jiangsu Province are attending seminars set up with subject experts followed by site visits.

"The NHS system in UK has accumulated rich experience after dozens years practice. The NHS provides decent and free health care to the public, which bears significant guidance for China¹s current medical reform.
Essex International from Essex County Council has designed a comprehensive study program, invited medical experts, GPs with rich experience and knowledge to give lectures, set up site visits to hospitals and GP practices, and arranged dialogues with UK medical practitioners, and therefore enable us to have a deep and practical knowledge of the NHS."

Dr Sun Ming, head of the GP delegation

What the medical training involves

Wuxi GP trainingChina is currently undergoing a reform of its healthcare service and healthcare professionals are looking at how the National Health Service (NHS) works to learn how to relieve the pressure on the hospitals in China. After detailed consultation with experts in the NHS and UK healthcare professionals, EI designed a training programme specifically for GP’s 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 in the community. 

"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."

Mr Tan Arulampalam, Clinical Director of The ICENI Centre and Consultant Surgeon, Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

Aims of the training programme

Visiting GP's from WuxiOver the course of four weeks the GP’s 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 exchanges of expertise 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.

"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."

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Infrastructure, Essex County Council

How Essex International helps organisations

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.

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.

Peter Manning
Peter Manning

Head of Essex International

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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.