Scotland Welcomes Top Chinese Health Bosses

by Melissa Clark

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Scotland’s reputation as world leader in healthcare has been cemented by a visit by some of China’s top health executives.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS), the organisation set up in April 2011 to help improve the care patients receive across the nation, welcomed 19 lead consultants and researchers from the Chinese province of Fujian to Edinburgh to learn about public health and how the organisation manages its scrutiny role to drive forward improvements.

 Dr Brian Robson, Executive Clinical Director at Healthcare Improvement Scotland, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to be able to showcase the work we do to improve patient care to such a high-ranking group of health professionals from China.

“In Scotland we have to focus on the healthcare needs of five million people, so clearly less of a challenge compared to the 1.4 billion people in China. It is however a clear indicator of our reputation across the world, that this delegation have come all this way to visit and learn about our procedures and method behind our work.

 “We hope our visitors took away as much useful information as possible from their trip that will help impact and improve the way patients in China receive treatment.”

 During the visit, the guests – who included representatives from municipal, geriatric and university teaching hospital – engaged in a variety of presentations and question and answer sessions where several topics were discussed.

 The main topics explored were “Promoting Clinical Engagement” which was lead by Dr Robson, “Public Health in Scotland: An Overview” presented by Dr Phil Mackie, Lead Consultant at the Scottish Public Health Network and “Learning from Adverse Events through Reporting and Review” presented by Jenny Long, Senior Programme Manager of HIS.

 These presentations were followed by an in-depth question and answer session which allowed both parties to engage and question the differing ways healthcare is managed in each country.

 Dr Robson added: “The presentations were all extremely well received and brought up some interesting topics during the final discussions.

 “We wish to continue to build on these global relationships and to learn ourselves from other cultures and healthcare structures going forward. It’s also a great opportunity for us to share our own extensive knowledge of public health and hopefully make a positive impact across the world.”

 Healthcare Improvement Scotland was formed in April 2011 as an organisation with the focus and key responsibility to help NHSScotland and independent healthcare providers deliver high quality, evidence-based, safe, effective and person-centred care; and to scrutinise services to provide public assurance about the quality and safety of that care.


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