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Chinese health professionals learn from University and NHS experts

Shanghai Health Visit

Wed 2nd May, 2012

18 senior health practitioners and executives from the Shanghai Health Bureau in China have just completed a three week visit to Bedfordshire hosted by the University of Bedfordshire’s Institute of Health Research in collaboration with the Knowledge Hub and International Office

The Shanghai health experts were in the country to find out more about the UK’s public and community health service. They took part in a number of seminars led by senior University academics and visited the Luton and Dunstable Hospital, healthcare centres and a GP’s surgery to see for themselves how the UK commissions healthcare, tackles healthcare inequalities and deals with ethical and legal issues around informed consent.

This programme was the second in a series of international enterprise initiatives organised by the Knowledge Hub. The team established links with the Health Bureau in Shanghai, identified their needs and then worked with the Institute of Health Research to design a range of relevant lectures and activities.

The Chinese delegation, led by Yi Ting Shi, Head of the Health Supervision Unit at Shanghai Jing’an District Health Bureau, attended lectures and seminars covering topics such as diabetes, renal care, mental health, care for the elderly and disability.

These sessions were delivered by University experts including Prof Gurch Randhawa, Susan Sapsed, Dr Dong Pang, Dr Nasreen Ali and Dr Chris Papadopoulos. International Office Director, Harry Wang, gave a seminar on inter-cultural issues in China-UK communication. Nick Gardner of the Knowledge Hub managed the day-to-day programme.

Eamonn Keenan, Associate Director at the Knowledge Hub said: “It’s really important for the University to be involved in international enterprise based on our expertise, building upon our strong student recruitment and transnational education. This is the second enterprise initiative that we have undertaken with Chinese partners in the last 12 months. It follows a successful visit from universities in the Zhejiang province last summer.”

Professor Gurch Randhawa, Director of the Institute for Health Research and Chairman of NHS Bedfordshire and NHS Luton said: “China is a rapidly developing economy. This programme has helped practitioners at the Shanghai Health Bureau to be better informed and more able to identify and tackle issues that they will face in the future, with an aging population, increasing diabetes and smoking related conditions.”

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