Essex supports China healthcare reform

Basildon University Hospital acute medical unit with Anthony Schirn matronBasildon University Hospital recently hosted a delegation of Chinese healthcare professionals looking to the UK for guidance and best practice as they seek to reform their healthcare system.

The delegation was given a tour of the Basildon University Hospital and met their UK counterparts with a view to Essex International and the hospital working together to offer future medical training programmes for Chinese health practitioners.

What Chinese health practitioners can learn from the NHS

During their visit the delegates were given a short presentation demonstrating Basildon University hospital works with the wider the healthcare community alongside GP’s, commissioners and patients. They were also told of the difficulties facing the NHS nationally with regard to finances, performance targets and demand.

The delegation chose to visit the Accident and Emergency department A&E and the Acute Medical Unit (AMU). In each area they were able to see how the departments function, how patients are triaged and treated, and they were able to speak to senior nurses and ward managers about their work.

“The main purpose of the visit was for the delegation to understand the medical care system in the UK and to explore opportunities for co-operation. It is hoped that via, Essex International, there could be future exchanges and collaboration, with senior doctors visiting the UK for work placements and reciprocal visits to China.”

Celia Skinner, Medical Director, Basildon University Hospital

China reform and UK knowledge

Basildon University Hospital A&E MajorsChina 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. China is looking to the National Health Service (NHS) to learn valuable lessons about their national healthcare provision. In particular Jiangsu is interested in learning how to build a sound primary care system and how to educate their GP’s.

Through its unique links with Jiangsu, Essex International and healthcare professionals in Essex are able to help guide China in its reform and put together professional training to, for example, give a detailed understanding of the role of the GP within a complex system.

“We look forward to the results of the visit being put into practice as soon as possible. We believe we can definitely achieve great things in our joint efforts.”

Li Shaodong, Associate Counsel, Jiangsu Province Health Dept

How Essex International is helping Chinese professionals

Essex International welcomes Chinese healthcare delegationEssex International (EI) has already designed a number of professional training courses for Chinese organisations for example the Jiangsu Law Commission and the Jiangsu Fire Service. So far, EI has delivered a month long GP training programme for senior Chinese health practitioners from Wuxi City and facilitated laparoscopy training for Changzhou No1 Hospital in the ICENI Centre in Colchester.

“I’m really pleased that China is looking to Essex to learn new ways of delivering vital services. By developing professional training programmes and facilitating visits, we are sharing our best practice knowledge and helping China to improve its public services.”

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

Essex ideally positioned to offer medical training

Essex is ideally positioned to offer medical training to Chinese professionals. With its recognised national and international clinical links, high level of MedTech businesses and strategic location, the county also has the largest life sciences cluster outside the US.

The county also offers world-renowned research and development (R&D) facilities such as The ICENI Centre in Colchester which has already given specialist training to doctors from Jiangsu in an arrangement also set up by Essex International. A joint venture between Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust and Anglia Ruskin University the ICENI Centre now acts as a focus for surgical research and training in conjunction with partner hospitals.

Jiangsu relationship

Essex County Council (ECC) has a long standing relationship with Jiangsu Province in China going back over 26 years. The two sides have developed rich and successful exchanges and collaborations in trade and investment, culture, education, civil servant training, etc. The recent visit by Cllr Kevin Bentley to Jiangsu in October last year has further strengthened links by signing the MoU on the Joint Action Plan between Jiangsu and the East of England in year 2015-2016.

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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.