- Major UK healthcare trade delegation visits the Philippines to explore collaboration and partnerships
- The first bilateral partnership was signed between Pasig City, Philippines and West Yorkshire, UK on healthcare, research and innovation.
- DoH Secretary Herbosa and Nurse May Parsons were guests of honor at a reception celebrating the 75th anniversary of the UK’s National Health Service.
The UK Department of Business and Trade (DBT) and the British Embassy in Manila organized a Trade Mission from 29 November to 1 December last that included National Health Service Organizations ( NHS) met with health leaders in the Philippines to explore collaboration and partnerships; helping the UK further strengthen trade relations in the region.
The delegation met with senior government leaders and public and private hospitals in the Philippines, including a visit to Cardinal Santos Medical Center. The UK shared the challenges in its healthcare sector and described the innovations that are helping to overcome these challenges, and looked forward to learning more about Philippine healthcare models . The visit demonstrates the importance of the UK-Philippines relationship and will hopefully open up more opportunities for healthcare cooperation in the future.
The visit saw the signing of a Twin Partnership between West Yorkshire Local Government and Pasig City to create opportunities to strengthen and develop research, innovation and commerce in the Healthcare sector . The MoU was signed by Mayor Vico Sotto and Richard Stubbs, Chief Executive of Health Innovation Yorkshire and Humber. This first-of-its-kind bilateral partnership will foster the development of the Philippines’ first digitized patient registry for primary care. The digitalised registry, first launched through the UK’s Better Health Programme, has benefited up to 1 million patients seeking community healthcare in barangay health centers throughout Pasig City and Iloilo City.
British Ambassador to the Philippines, Laure Beaufils, hosted a reception to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the NHS, attended by partners in the Healthcare community and guests of honor Nurse May Parsons and the Minister Ministry of Health Teodoro Herbosa. Welcoming the trade delegation, the Ambassador said:
As we celebrate the important milestone of 75 years of the establishment of the UK’s National Health Service, I am delighted that the UK and the Philippines are together exploring innovative new health partnerships. create. This week we welcomed a high-level medical delegation from the UK led by the Department for Business and Trade’s UK Healthcare team. We launched a pilot Twin Partnership program – the first of its kind – between West Yorkshire and Pasig City to facilitate greater collaboration in Healthcare, Research and Innovation, and Support partnerships with public health and the private sector.
Lindsey Gilbert-Crouch, National Director of Trade and Investment shared:
The UK’s leading NHS hospitals want to work with partner countries overseas to share our 75 years of experience in innovation using science-based, research-based clinical pathways most advanced and excellent training, equipment and digital systems. We feel that there is much that the UK and the Philippines can learn from each other to ensure the best possible healthcare outcomes for our people.
The NHS in England also became the first health service in the world to commit to achieving net zero carbon – by 2040 for the emissions it controls itself and by 2045 for the emissions it controls. This impact affects the Greener NHS programme.
As in most countries globally, demographic changes in the UK are strongly shaping the demand for digital healthcare solutions to transform treatments for disease. core. With the increasing incidence of non-communicable diseases, proactively identifying smarter ways to effectively address these growing healthcare needs becomes critical. The UK has a strong track record of scientific breakthroughs and is delivering the next generation of life-changing treatments, technologies and services, from personal healthcare, oncology, cardiovascular, diabetes, genomics, digital health and AI as well as advanced medical technology and appearance. look forward to new collaborations to ensure that the UK and the Philippines continue to pursue international success together.
The UK delegation included: Aire Logic, Yorkshire & Humber Healthcare Innovation, Method Partners, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal College of General Practitioners, Toan Health Business School UCL Bridge, University of Bradford, University of Leeds and West Yorkshire NHS Integrated Care Board.
Notes to editors
The Department of Business and Trade (DBT) is responsible for ensuring UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment and supporting free trade.
Healthcare UK, is a joint initiative of NHS England, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Department of Business and Trade.
Celebrating 75 years of the NHS
- This year, the UK’s National Health Service celebrates its 75th anniversary.
- When it was founded in 1948, the NHS was the first universal health system to be provided free to all at the point of birth.
- Treating more than a million people every day in the UK, the National Health Service touches the lives of everyone in the UK.