UKIHMA News

In June, we held our Annual General Meeting; we developed our refreshed process for securing, validating and progressing new trade opportunities; we progressed the establishment of our Special Interest Groups and we have participated in a number of interesting and informative events.

The challenges of the global pandemic continue to dominate our discussions but have stimulated innovative ideas in meeting these. This is particularly so in the digital sphere where healthcare partnerships and trade opportunities can be facilitated through digital platforms.

This newsletter focuses on some of these initiatives and explores how UKIHMA members can be part of this rapidly changing environment.

Jenny Scott
UKIHMA General Manager

UKIHMA AGM

The UKIHMA AGM was held on Wednesday 16th June and was attended by around 30 of our members. Presentations were given by the UKIHMA Chair, Paul Morton and by our Treasurer, Ralph Dando.

There was a discussion on the aim to increase public sector representation on the UKIHMA Board and a call out to NHS members who may be interested in joining the UKIHMA Board as a Director. If you would be interested in finding out more, please contact: UKIHMA Co Chair (NHS) Robin Wiggs (robin.wiggs@lhch.nhs.uk) or Jenny Scott (jenny.scott@ukihma.co.uk).

The next AGM will be held on 15th June 2021.

The AGM was followed by a short Members update where Jenny Scott outlined some of the changes being made in UKIHMA and the Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell updated the members on the establishment of the British Healthcare International (BHI) joint venture with the new opportunities that this partnership will bring.

The Digital Special Interest Group (SIG) leaders Simon Swift and Lee Francis spoke of their vision for supporting British digital healthcare offers with international clients. You can read more about their work and how you can get involved in the next section.

UKIHMA Digital Special Interest Group

The Digital SIG aims to fulfil three primary roles –

1. Formulate a cohesive and compelling mix of Digital Health offers for advertisement on the world stage.

2. Be ready to assess and respond to tenders.

3. Engage, consult, and stimulate debate with overseas parties, expanding horizons, redefining the art of the possible in Digital Health. Feedback will further expand point 1 and enable us to be targeted in our onboarding of peer suppliers to broaden our offerings, meeting market demand which ultimately fuels point 2.

The Digital SIG is co-led by Simon Swift of Methods Analytics and Lee Francis from PatientSource, both of whom have sought and won work internationally.

Special Interest Groups are the power houses of ideas and are complementary and supportive of one another. They work in collaboration to define propositions built from the membership portfolio for proactive marketing globally as well as responding to inbound enquiries.

The framework of the Digital SIG is currently being set with the inaugural Digital SIG specific meeting due to take place in August where we will share the templates for members to formulate their propositions in a format suitable for Max to advertise across the embassies and consulates.

In parallel to this activity, Simon and Lee are engaging with the other SIG leads to define how best they interact with one another, ensuring natural interdependencies are managed and the pull through of opportunity across the board.

Green Shoots

The recent events with the pandemic have been challenging in the provision of international healthcare advice but also present new opportunities. There has been an evolutionary leap in the use of telehealth, remote consultation and diagnosis, the dogmatic and complacent thinking of the past swept away by necessity. The time has come for Health to realise the same opportunities of Digital as enjoyed by sectors such as banking and consumer shopping.

The Digital SIG can respond to these not only in pure digital international offers but also facilitating access in other areas. One such example is in the new Education and Training SIG where the Digital SIG can support UKIHMA members in their offers for distant learning through use of digital platforms.

If you would like to find out more about the Digital SIG, please contact Simon Swift (simon.swift@methods.co.uk), Lee Francis (lee.francis@patientsource.co.uk) or Jenny Scott (jenny.scott@ukihma.co.uk).

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

UKIHMA has established a number of Special Interest Groups which reflect our members’ interests and specialist offers to international clients.

The current groups we have are shown below with their named leads:

Do you offer education and training to international clients?

UKIHMA has historically had most success in international infrastructure and hospital management opportunities.

In addition to these, we are strengthening our ability to offer comprehensive solutions to our international clients that address not only the capital build and operating of healthcare facilities but also the establishment of clinical services staffed by highly skilled and trained professionals.

We know many of our UKIHMA members are world leaders in a range of specialist healthcare services and provide expert clinical advice on delivery models, patient pathways and guidance on clinical standards. Many also offer access to education and training for the multi-professional team which may be in the form of formal professional academic courses or more vocational education and training.

The pandemic has accelerated the development of digital solutions in offering expert advice internationally. This significantly enhances the opportunities for our members to deliver distance education and training.

We are establishing a UKIHMA Education and Training Special Interest Group (SIG) which will work closely with our other SIGs including Clinical Consultancy and Digital. As a part of this, we will be liaising with universities and other academic institutions to seek their advice and potentially partner around the broader aspects of our members offers.

Our Middle East Task Force

In progressing our new opportunity development strategy, UKIHMA is planning a range of activities over the coming months aimed at targeting the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the run up to Arab Health 2021.

We are looking for all members who are interested in working in the region to come together to form a task force focused on identifying appropriate markets, opportunities, contacts and activities.

Culminating in trade missions to Arab Health in February 2021 and the Dubai Health Authority conference in March, UKIHMA will be establishing this task force in August 2020. This group will create a marketing campaign aimed at the region, researching and developing opportunities across all SIG areas and looking to create partnerships between UK and local providers and organisations.

How you can get involved

All UKIHMA member organisations are invited to join one or more SIG according to their areas of interest. Each SIG has named leads and all SIG members will have a role in shaping the priorities that are addressed and in preparing marketing offers that can be widely shared with international organisations. Each SIG will hold virtual meetings of its members and will from time to time hold topic specific events with external speakers to explore issues in more depth.

As a UKIHMA member, you can choose who from your organisation you think would be most interested to get involved in these groups.

All new trade opportunities will be shared with the relevant SIGs as well as broader membership and the opportunities for networking and sharing experience will be greatly enhanced by meeting up with similar organisations.

SIGs will be holding their first virtual meetings in August and September and we will be circulating sign up details shortly.

If you are interested in joining a SIG or task and finish group, you can either contact the group leaders directly or Jenny Scott, UKIHMA General Manager – jenny.scott@ukihma.co.uk

If you are an NHS member and would like to find out more about how UKIHMA is strengthening its offer for NHS members, you can contact our NHS Co Chair, Robin Wiggs (robin.wiggs@lhch.nhs.uk) or Jenny Scott.

Events held in June / July

Through the BHI, UKIHMA members are able to access a range of events with key thought leaders providing their reflections on current issues.

The events held over the last few weeks have been wide-ranging and engaging.

UK Excellence in Digital Healthcare and its Export Potential – 23rd June 2020

Noel Gordon, Chair of NHS Digital, Chair of Healthcare UKs Advisory Board and non-executive director of NHS England, led a webinar discussion on the implications of modern digital technology for reshaping healthcare. With his leadership roles, Noel is ideally positioned to consider how the current pandemic has influenced changes within healthcare. The webinar also examined how systems will further change once the world star ts to unlock from the crisis, with an emphasis on the global export potential of healthcare services.

He highlighted the rapidity of innovation introduction within the healthcare sector, using digital technologies to solve problems and find solutions. This redesign of 21st century healthcare includes many different types of innovations that go beyond technology to create a new culture of healthcare, involving faster responses and more autonomous services.

The current response of building for scale and for resilience against an unexpected pandemic gave the opportunity of embedding and adopting new models of care into the NHS, along with the ability to pressure test these new developments.

Noel also emphasised how the world, and healthcare systems like the NHS, now understand the power that data holds. It has become clear how to use this power in acquiring predictive capabilities for not only future outbreaks, but for other important health situations and inequalities that will need addressing. When simple AI algorithms are introduced in the future, this will facilitate the movement of these capabilities into healthcare systems in a fast and efficient manner.

These capabilities will bring about improvements in outpatient visits through technological improvements, particularly with the introduction of telemedicine and tele-consultations to help with changes to the A&E service in keeping it aligned with emergencies.

In the future, it is likely that many forms of digital healthcare will emerge and be introduced into the NHS to help create more end to end solutions. As the world unlocks from the pandemic, he considers there will be an overwhelming need for collaboration between healthcare systems worldwide, particularly within health service exports, to support a ‘heal the world’ view on global recovery.

In his closing remarks he noted that, as global spending on healthcare continues to increase, this digital transformation seems a small change for such a large breakthrough. Yet we will see a drastic alteration in how healthcare systems operate, particularly when the global unlock occurs.

World Economic Series: Rebooting the Economy launch by Lord Mayor of London – 25th June 2020

This event marked the first in a series of virtual breakfast webinars, the World Economic Series, which offers insight into worldwide responses to the current pandemic. The series’ launch in late June 2020 hosted the largest gathering of Ambassadors outside of the State Opening of Parliament.

Her Majesty’s Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps Alistair Harrison CMG CVO, and the Rt Hon Lord Mayor of London Alderman William Russell were introduced by the chair, the Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, to set the context for the series. The overriding theme of the inaugural meeting was clear: build back better.

Despite the UK economy experiencing the largest GDP contraction since 1979, the Lord Mayor expressed optimism with regard to opportunities for the UK to strengthen its economy beyond its position pre pandemic.

Important themes arising from the event covered the need for global collaboration and economic diplomacy to combat uncertainty and the challenging crisis. Her Majesty’s Marshal Alistair Harrison emphasised the value of economic diplomacy and highlighted the need for change within both financial institutions and professional services.

The discussion turned towards opportunities that may arise due to the current crisis as the new normal will not reflect the world known only four months ago. The current pandemic has affected every corner of the world, resulting in worldwide collaboration which must be maintained long term to aid global economic recovery.

Inger Andersen, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, also offered her insight, focused on the need for green growth to increase international economic resilience, particularly job creation for sectors that support environmental policies.

The aim of the World Economic Series is to explore an international context for public policy discussion surrounding responses to the current crisis, and to prevent the constrictive tendencies of a solely national analysis. The conclusion from this first event lies in recognising past mistakes and using this information to kick-start the rebooting of the world economy.

World Economic Series: Rebooting the Economy, Japanese Ambassador – 1st July 2020

The Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency Mr Yasumasa Nagamine, led the second instalment of the World Economic Series: Rebooting the World Economy, supported by Mr Naoki Ota, technology advisor to the Japanese Government.

The event was attended by more than 300 participants worldwide.

Main points from Mr Nagamine included Japan’s rapid response to the pandemic, and the measures taken that resulted in minimal deaths and infections, with heavy emphasis on contact tracing. Japan’s economic response to the pandemic was also considered, particularly fluctuations in the country’s IMF forecasts and supplementary budgets for emergency support for individuals and a recovery programme for sectors.

The importance of free trade was highlighted in this discussion, with Mr Nagamine concluding by reinforcing the need for international co-operation as a tool to reboot the world economy.

Mr Ota discussed data ownership and privacy concerns surrounding today’s digital technologies in Japan. Japan’s Super Cities concept that will boost growth through the use of digital technologies may only go ahead if Japanese citizens have data ownership, to eliminate privacy concerns.

The importance of contact tracing was reemphasised, especially to aid issues surrounding society and the economy, not just within the healthcare sector. This type of digital technology transformation is prevalent in Japan, with increased numbers of digital projects and services being introduced, slowly allowing Japan to return to its new normal. This entails virtual meetings and international visits, and the importance of a partnership between Japan and the UK in the future.

The discussion was followed by a Q&A session covering topics ranging from free trade vs domestic supply and healthcare supplies, to 5G and green technologies and infrastructure in other countries, concluding with the consensus that cooperation and relationships between societies will be a valuable factor in resolving issues such as the current crisis.The Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency Mr Yasumasa Nagamine, led the second instalment of the World Economic Series: Rebooting the World Economy, supported by Mr Naoki Ota, technology advisor to the Japanese Government.

The event was attended by more than 300 participants worldwide.

Main points from Mr Nagamine included Japan’s rapid response to the pandemic, and the measures taken that resulted in minimal deaths and infections, with heavy emphasis on contact tracing. Japan’s economic response to the pandemic was also considered, particularly fluctuations in the country’s IMF forecasts and supplementary budgets for emergency support for individuals and a recovery programme for sectors.

The importance of free trade was highlighted in this discussion, with Mr Nagamine concluding by reinforcing the need for international co-operation as a tool to reboot the world economy.

Mr Ota discussed data ownership and privacy concerns surrounding today’s digital technologies in Japan. Japan’s Super Cities concept that will boost growth through the use of digital technologies may only go ahead if Japanese citizens have data ownership, to eliminate privacy concerns.

The importance of contact tracing was reemphasised, especially to aid issues surrounding society and the economy, not just within the healthcare sector. This type of digital technology transformation is prevalent in Japan, with increased numbers of digital projects and services being introduced, slowly allowing Japan to return to its new normal. This entails virtual meetings and international visits, and the importance of a partnership between Japan and the UK in the future.

The discussion was followed by a Q&A session covering topics ranging from free trade vs domestic supply and healthcare supplies, to 5G and green technologies and infrastructure in other countries, concluding with the consensus that cooperation and relationships between societies will be a valuable factor in resolving issues such as the current crisis.

Global Health Policy and International Development in the Pandemic Era – 7th July 2020

At this month’s UKIHMA members’ forum, Public Policy Projects in collaboration with UKIHMA hosted a fascinating virtual discussion with Lord Nigel Crisp on the emerging issues within international development and global health policy.

Chaired by the Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, Lord Crisp began the discussion by examining the UK’s contribution to global health at large, the big trends within healthcare at the present time, and the meaning of these changes in the developing world.

“One of the things we undertook with the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global Health five years ago was a huge study on the UK’s contribution to health globally,” he said.

Working in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the APPG researched how the UK was performing in four key sectors; academia, commerce, government and in philanthropy.

“It was a really interesting study, which showcased just how strong the UK was in each of those different areas across the planet,” he continued.

“For those of you who are interested in working in these areas or exporting into these areas, what it shows is that we have world-class research – we really are absolutely at the top of the tree.

“We are already a world leader. But what would it be like if we could make the UK a global centre for health and health science – to be the go-to place for all aspects of health globally?”

Later in his presentation, Lord Crisp went on to examine the global issue of workforce, how to curate beneficial partnerships with both developed and developing nations in the healthcare, UK interaction with international governing bodies such as the WHO and Gavi, and the strongest markets for UK companies to do business.

The video of this member’s forum and full writeup will be available through World Healthcare Journal.

World News - Dubai

The global pandemic has been a catalyst for an increased rate of technological and digital innovation within the healthcare sector across the globe. Countries ranging from Germany to South Korea are introducing new and innovative ways in facilitating health care and monitoring the current pandemic as efficiently as possible.

Dubai in the UAE has made impressive developments by introducing sanitation gates, a Bluetooth track and trace app, and disinfectant drones. Mixing these new efficient technologies within its healthcare sector is enabling the Emirate to monitor coronavirus and push for more autonomous technologies to be used in the future, within all sectors.

Disinfectant drones were used from the very beginning of lockdown, flying for up to 15 minutes and covering more than 4000 square metres of public spaces in only 60 minutes. Sanitation gates with instant temperature readings and 99 per cent efficacy in exterminating germs, as well as an alarm for those with temperatures, were introduced to support other measures in place to reduce the risk of infection of not only the virus, but any future outbreaks. The Bluetooth tracing app connects to nearby phones that also have the app installed to trace those who may have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.

This combination of innovations resulted in Dubai relaxing its lockdown measures after only one month, with one of the fastest and most efficient responses to the pandemic.

As of 7 July, Dubai has reopened for tourists with negative test results, a mask, and mandatory registration for an information app, built for the pandemic, as legal requirements for entering the Emirate.

Forthcoming Events

All webinar events take place as a one hour zoom call at an allocated time. There is one current upcoming event in July below:

8am on Thursday 30th July 2020 – World Economic Series

His Excellency Mr Pisanu Suvanajata, Ambassador of Thailand and Dr Luxmon Attapich, Deputy Secretary-General of the Eastern Economic Corridor Office will be joined by Ambassadors from London’s diplomatic community to participate in the fourth instalment of the World Economic Series: Rebooting the Economy, held by Public Policy Projects.

This webinar will discuss Thailand’s vision for the world economy and how it has responded to the current crisis.

Furthermore, the consequential challenges and opportunities will be a main focus, along with how the Eastern Economic Corridor will contribute to Thailand’s ‘New Normality’.

To register for this event, please click the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrfuGoqDkqH9JUr0nRvnDVPSvQEwi4zhmh

We look forward to welcoming His Excellency and Dr Attapich to this event, and gaining their insight into today’s current affairs surrounding the pandemic.

August 2020

The month of August will be a summer break from events. These events will resume as usual in September.

British Expertise in a Global Market - Jenny Scott, UKIHMA General Manager

The past few months have undoubtedly proved challenging for everyone coping with the impact of COVID 19. Whether it has been frontline staff and supporting teams facing the daily reality of the virus or others learning to work and live in a very different world, it has certainly changed all our perspectives on how we approach international partnerships.

Jenny Scott

New joint venture with British Healthcare International

Within this context, UKIHMA has been undertaking a refresh of its strategy and focus for the future. Earlier this year, we wrote to all our members announcing the formation of an exciting new initiative. UKIHMA has joined forces with the highly respected Dorson Group to create a joint venture – British Healthcare International (BHI). The combining of specialist skills and knowledge of UKIHMA members, together with the expert skills of Dorson West, will create a highly effective partnership to promote British healthcare trade opportunities.

The Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, Chair of BHI, said of the new partnership; “The launch of BHI at this time of great challenge for global healthcare presents new opportunities to share British expertise with international partners. I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead this partnership and I am confident that out of the current difficulties facing all health care systems, world leading innovations will emerge, radically changing the delivery of care for all.”

Special interest groups (SIGs)

We are establishing a series of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), each led by two named specialists. SIGs will drive forward action in their specific areas and will be fully involved in the opportunities process. All UKIHMA members are invited to join one or more groups according to their areas of interest. Each SIG will hold topic specific events throughout the year and will be a point of contact for their members to work through.

The SIGs currently in existence are shown here together with some potential new groups:

If you are interested in joining a SIG, please make contact with one of the relevant named leads.

World news

In each UKIHMA News edition, we will examine a current global issue that is challenging healthcare markets.

This week World Healthcare Journal Features Editor Fabian Sutch-Daggett reports on the launch of the WHO and Costa Rica landmark Covid-19 research group.

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS FEATURE

For more international news and features, please visit www.worldhealthcarejournal.com

Covid 19: The digitisation of healthcare

Members may have been aware of a recent WHJ webinar on the digitisation of healthcare with keynote speaker, Sarah Wilkinson, CEO at NHS Digital. This was a well-attended event and stimulated discussions on a range of current topics to help shape thinking in this area. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Steve Gardner: steve.gardner@dorsonwest.com

Communications

As a member organisation, our most important stakeholders are our members themselves.

The breadth of the skills and expertise within our members is immense and harnessing those is crucial to our future success. Through our SIGs and refreshed opportunities process we aim to more fully engage our members in UKIHMA operations. We also recognise that effective and regular communication will be key in empowering all involved. We will therefore be undertaking the communications and engagement activities as shown throughout the year.

UKIHMA Members Forum Events

We held the first of our new virtual Members Forum webinars on Wednesday 27th May 2020. This was well attended and resulted in a number of interesting discussions. We provided members with an update on our strategic direction, the BHI, our refreshed opportunities process and our SIGs, followed by a Q&A session. Key issues raised included the potential for developing a British Healthcare COVID response proposal, securing a better understanding of the market for private patient services and the growing importance of integrated digital solutions in the global healthcare market.

Our next Members Forum will take place on 7 July with guest speaker Lord Nigel Crisp. 

Lord Crisp is an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords where he co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health. He co-chairs Nursing Now, the global campaign on nursing. Chief Executive of the NHS in England from 2000-2006, he now works and writes extensively on global health with a focus on Africa.

The webinar will take place via Zoom from 8-9am, chaired by Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell.  It is in conjunction with Public Policy Projects and World Healthcare Journal. An invitation will follow shortly to all members.

Nigel Crisp

Other key events for your diary are outlined below:

Noel Gordon 23 June – UK Excellence in Digital Healthcare and its Export Potential

8-9am via Zoom in conjunction with PPP, WHJ and Tech4CV19. Invitation to follow.

Noel is Chairman of the NHS Digital Board, as well as Chair of the Talent, Remuneration and Management Committee. He is also non-executive director of NHS England and Chair of Healthcare UK’s Advisory Board.

World Economic Series webinars:

25 June, 8.30-9.30am – Opening webinar with The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of London (Alderman William Russell) and H.E. Mr Khaled Al Duwaisan GCVO (Ambassador of Kuwait and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps).

1 July, 8.30-9.30am – Japan – H.E. Mr Yasamusa Nagamine (Ambassador of Japan) and Mr Ota (Special Advisor to the Government of Japan on Digital Strategy – appointed from the private sector).

For the foreseeable future, all these webinars will be held as a one hour Zoom call and the invitation will be extended to our friends and colleagues across the sector including Healthcare UK and the Department for International Trade (DIT).

Getting in touch

If you have any questions or issues you would like to discuss with us, our key team members are shown below here:
General UKIHMA issues
Jenny Scott
Membership services such as contact details and invoicing
Emma Williams
New business opportunities
Max Austin

We are also inviting members to join a new international WhatsApp group to keep up to date with news.

If you would like your name and number to be included in this WhatsApp group: UK international h/care, please contact Emma Williams.

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Our broad membership base offers the skills needed to plan, design, build and run hospitals and primary care facilities.

It includes supporting services such as quality assurance, technology, IT, commissioning, education and financial service offering. Members can rapidly come together to offer a unique end-to-end solution for more complex opportunities.

As a membership association, UKIHMA enables members to rapidly come together in response to international opportunities, and create successful partnerships that bring many elements of healthcare provision together, in a single service line offer, or in a complete end-to-end solution.

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