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Why it’s so important to promote UK excellence in healthcare training and education

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I’m delighted to have become part of the Healthcare UK team, contributing to two areas of national and international importance – education and health. My new role as training and education specialist with Healthcare UK means I can use my skills in supporting the UK’s training and education sector in winning business overseas.

I’m really looking forward to the challenge of the new role – and to working with the outstanding Healthcare UK team who have already made me so welcome.

UK institutions provide a vital service to keep doctors, nurses and other heathcare providers up to date with the latest research, treatment and medical and clinical developments, both here and overseas.

The increasing pace of those developments across the world means top quality healthcare training and education is more important than ever before. And while the quality of training and education in the UK has never been better, it’s crucial that we are proactive in sharing that knowledge around the world.

Meanwhile, the demand for healthcare professionals is escalating markedly around the world, driven by the development of healthcare services. It is also motivated by a requirement to meet the needs of growing, and ageing, populations and greater expectations of healthcare services.

Expansion of healthcare services means a growth in the workforce with the appropriate skill mix and geographic distribution. Doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, as well as managers and leaders all have their part to play in providing services to patients both in their communities and in the hospital setting.

Working as part of the superb Healthcare UK team, a major focus of my role is to work with universities, NHS Trusts, Royal Colleges, accreditation and regulatory organisations, and business, giving them a clinical perspective on the provision of training and education services.

I have been in the healthcare sector all my working life, so this position gives me the opportunity to utilise my experience. Most recently I have witnessed first-hand the excellent healthcare training at Plymouth University and I will be splitting my time between this new role and my job as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Plymouth University.

Although most of my career has been based in the UK, before taking on my current job in Plymouth in 2012, I gained experience of working in both the US and Australia as well as exploring educational and health service provision in many countries including China, India and the United Arab Emirates.

We should be justly proud of the high quality training that takes place across our universities and colleges in the health sphere. My work will help bring together stakeholders from across the UK to develop new business in healthcare education and training and enhance healthcare delivery in a global setting.

One of my first priorities working with Healthcare UK will be to ensure people looking to link up with healthcare trainers and educators know how to access relevant information on relevant providers.

In the UK, we are able to offer people from overseas access to the best quality training and education in a huge range of disciplines. This covers the whole spectrum of health service provision which includes multiple career pathways such as the training of doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists, healthcare leaders, and allied professionals. We’ll be working with healthcare providers from the NHS and from the independent sector.

With so much emphasis on creating sustainable healthcare systems in fast developing countries like India, China, Turkey and the UAE at the moment, it’s vital we make sure they can access the services provided by British companies and institutions quickly and easily.

Making those connections is something I’m confident the dynamic team at Healthcare UK is more than capable of doing.

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