THE United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) organizations have visited Manila to learn about the Philippine health care models.
Representatives of the UK mission mission met with various health care stakeholders and government officials, including Health Secretary Teodoro Herbosa during their visit from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.
“We feel that there is much that the UK and the Philippines can learn from one another to ensure the best possible health care outcomes for our people,” Lindsey Gilbert-Crouch, country director for Trade and Investment said.
“The UK’s leading NHS hospitals want to work with partner countries overseas to share our 75 years’ experience of innovation using research-based clinical pathways, the most advanced science and excellent training, equipment, and digital system.”
The UK Embassy in Manila said the mission also shared its health care challenges and innovations with Filipino stakeholders.
“The visit demonstrated the importance of UK-Philippines relations and will hopefully open up many more health care collaborations in the future,” it said.
It said the UK has a strong track record of scientific breakthroughs and is delivering the next generation of life-changing treatments, technologies, and services.
These include personalized health care using digital health and artificial intelligence (AI), and cutting-edge medical technology.
The visit also saw the signing of a Twinning Partnership between West Yorkshire and Pasig City, which is seen to create opportunities to grow research and innovation in the health care sector.
A memorandum of understanding was signed by Mayor Vico Sotto and Richard Stubbs, CEO of Health Innovation Yorkshire and Humber.
The pilot Twinning Partnership will take forward the development of the Philippines’ first digitized patient registry for primary care.
According to the embassy, the registry is already benefitting up to one million patients seeking public health care in barangay health centers across Pasig City and Iloilo City.
The registry was launched through the UK’s “Better Health Programme.”
The UK delegation included Aire Logic, Health Innovation Yorkshire & Humber, Modality Partnership, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal College of General Practitioners, UCL Global Business School for Health, University of Bradford, University of Leeds, and West Yorkshire NHS Integrated Care Board.