(English) Kenneth Clarke visits China

Monday 13th January, 2014
Cabinet Minister without Portfolio Kenneth Clarke is leading a trade delegation to China to promote the UK’s world-beating healthcare sector companies to the Chinese market.

The delegation is the largest-ever British health and social care delegation to China: 50 individuals from 38 British companies, universities and training hospitals will be will be looking to forge new relationships and partnerships in order to take advantage of the vast expansion and modernisation of the Chinese healthcare system. The delegation will be introduced to potential buyers with the aim of building concrete business relationships, and will establish the necessary political links with Beijing and other parts of China to unlock trading and investment opportunities.

The Minister will lead the delegation to five Chinese cities and provinces over the course of the week-long visit: Beijing, Tianjin, Nanjing, Zhejiang and finally Shanghai. Mr Clarke will meet the Chinese Health Minister in Beijing, Li Bin, and together they will open a joint conference on dementia, building on the relationship established by the Prime Minister in November.

Before leaving the UK, Mr Clarke said:

“I am very happy to be leading another delegation of excellent British companies to China, which will build on the progress made by the Prime Minster when he visited in November. The British healthcare system is the best in the world, and there will be important export opportunities as China invests huge sums of money in its healthcare system over the years ahead.

“Healthcare and life sciences are among the strongest sectors of the British economy and our standards are held in high regard overseas. As a country, we must play to our strengths if we are to continue to build a healthy, modern economy, and there can be no doubt that exports in this area will play an important part. From building a hospital to training the staff to building the IT and management systems, the UK has the expertise that China needs as it builds a healthcare system that is projected to be spending a trillion dollars every year by 2020.”

The Chinese healthcare market has been identified as a “High Value Opportunity” by the Government, and Mr Clarke has been leading the work to promote British interests there since March 2013. Over the course of the visit, he will witness several agreement signings at government to government and business to business level.

An agreement with the Chinese government will lead to exchange programmes for training, education and knowledge sharing and a facility for demonstrating UK technology and innovations to potential buyers from across China.

The objectives of the visit build on those of the Prime Minister’s visit in November. Mr Clarke’s seniority and the size of the delegation demonstrate the Government’s commitment to a bilateral trade and investment partnership between the UK and China. The first meeting of a new China-UK Healthcare Working Group will help to position the UK as China’s premier partner in the healthcare sector.

In addition, the visit will further the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge, kicking off a new collaboration with China on tackling dementia.

Chinese health spending has soared from 1 per cent of GDP in 2002 to 5.15 per cent today, with scope for much more to be invested in coming years. Health spending in China is projected to reach a trillion dollars by 2020, and 95 per cent population have some kind of health insurance.

The Minister’s visit is part of the work of Healthcare UK, the government agency responsible for promoting British healthcare abroad. Along with UK Trade & Investment, Healthcare UK has helped British companies win £306 million of healthcare contracts so far.

Notes to editors
1. The delegation will be holding meetings in Beijing on Monday, Tianjin on Tuesday, Nanjing on Wednesday, Zhejiang on Thursday and the visit will end in Shanghai on Friday.
2. Bids to interview the Minister or for photography access during the visit should be directed to the British Embassy in Beijing.
3. Companies in the delegation:
Digital Health
ICNET ICNet is a leading healthcare software provider dedicated to improving patient safety, improving healthcare worker efficiencies and delivering cost effective innovative products.

Indigo Vision IndigoVision is a leading manufacturer of complete IP video security solutions. Working across some 20 market sectors, they improve operational efficiency, enhance public safety and enable timely emergency response

Intelesant Intelesant is a digital health business. Currently it is developing its LivingData platform of which the first two NHS applications are in pain management and palliative care and use tablet devices to reduce hospital attendances and automate outcome measures. Winner of 2013 Guardian technology innovation award.

IXICO The end-to-end imaging services offered is intended to support an increasingly personalised approach to medicine and treatment. As such, they are translating the proprietary technology which has been widely used in clinical trials into decision-support tools for the diagnosis of dementia.

TPP TPP aims to connect different healthcare organisations through comprehensive IT solutions. SystmOne fully supports the NHS vision for a ‘one patient, one record’ model of healthcare.

Yecco The latest telecare innovation. A free social network for families, health care professionals & communities, with useful tools including shared calendar, alerts, messaging and photos, using a 3 way system: web browser, mobile app and tablet app.

Education and Training
Edinburgh Napier University Member of the China Healthcare Education Consortium (CHECK) collectively developing Nursing and Allied Health Professionals training opportunities in China
Keele University

Royal College of Surgeons The Royal College of Surgeons of England is committed to enabling surgeons to achieve and maintain the highest standards of surgical practice and patient care.

Sheffield Hallam University Member of the China Healthcare Education Consortium (CHECK) collectively developing Nursing and Allied Health Professionals training opportunities in China
Skills for Health Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council, for all health employers; NHS, independent and third sector. Everything they do is driven by skills and workforce needs.

University of Birmingham
University of Brighton Member of the China Healthcare Education Consortium (CHECK) collectively developing Nursing and Allied Health Professionals training opportunities in China

University of Nottingham
University of Swansea Member of the China Healthcare Education Consortium (CHECK) collectively developing Nursing and Allied Health Professionals training opportunities in China

Elderly Care
BUPA A major healthcare provider and insurer. Across 300 care homes in the UK, they offer both short and long term residential and nursing care services supporting frail and elderly, dementia and specialist care needs. They already have an office in Beijing.

Careshield Provides the largest online mandatory training service to the health and social care sector in the UK. Training focuses on what the different levels of staff need and also provides a system that tracks how staff are using the training.

Care Vision Care Vision is an established Interim Management house & Social Work/medical staffing agency.

Christie NHS FT The Christie has been pioneering cancer research breakthroughs for over 100 years and is the largest cancer centre in Europe. Treating more than 40,000 patients each year, they were the first UK centre to be officially accredited as a comprehensive cancer centre.

Hallmark Care Homes Care home providers, currently running 18 care homes across England and Wales and are in the process of building several more.

Papworth NHS Foundation Trust Papworth Hospital is the UK’s largest specialist cardiothoracic hospital and the country’s main heart and lung transplant centre. It is also a national centre for a range of specialist services, including pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA). Papworth Hospital has the largest respiratory support and sleep centre (RSSC) in the UK.

Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust A major transplantation centre for liver, kidney and bone marrow transplants, one of the UK’s leading centres for the diagnosis and treatment of liver disease and one of the seven liver transplant centres in the UK.

Safe Patient Systems Born out of one of the UK’s leading NHS Trusts, SPS harnesses technology to support service redesign and deliver more efficient, care using familiar mobile and web based technology.

SP Solutions Provides consultancy services in the housing, support, criminal justice and social care fields, supporting strategy development and implementation, tendering, and service integration.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust South London and Maudsley NHS Trust – provide the widest range of NHS mental health services in the UK and are part of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. They have about 4,800 staff working for us and serve a local population of 1.1 million people.

Hospital Systems
Advanced Oncotherapy A new British company that has developed an exciting new proton beam therapy system based on technology from CERN

AEDAS A leading healthcare international design and architectural practice with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu

Arup An independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists, having delivered over 2500 healthcare projects worldwide and with 10 offices in China

BMJ The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) is an international peer reviewed medical journal and a fully online first publication.

E C Harris EC Harris is a build asset consultancy including disciplines from asset and facilities strategy to management information systems – quantity surveying, programme, project and construction management to software development. They also extend our capacity and capability through alliances with selected companies and supply chains assembled for specific sectors.

IHG Founded in 1978 International Hospitals Group has completed over 450 projects in 48 countries for private and public sector clients including 22 national governments, the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation.

JP Clinics JP Clinics works with major hospitals, including King’s College Hospital and the Royal Brompton, to connect overseas patients and health tourists with the best available doctors and treatment in the UK

Moonray Moonray Healthcare is a buy and build investment company specialising in healthcare and medical sciences. Providing debt-free growth capital, management expertise and a global network, they consider buying businesses outright, taking a majority stake in an existing business or developing new businesses from scratch.

P+HS Architects A major healthcare architectural practice from Yorkshire and London that is working with South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as part of a consortium looking to export the expertise gained on the Endeavour Cancer Centre at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesborough.

Steffian Bradley Architects SBA has a varied portfolio across healthcare with a focus on public buildings and healthcare design sets SBA apart as a socially conscious, design focused practice. Each building is based on the client’s individual aspirations and responds to the site, environmental and social needs of the community.

Synergy Healthcare Synergy is a niche provider of outsourced services to health related industries. Their largest service is the provision of outsourced sterilization for medical device manufacturers and for healthcare providers such as hospitals. In addition, they provide linen services, a manufacturer of infection control products and specialized laboratory services.

TFP Ryder Brings together the combined skill and experience of two renowned international architectural practises to offer a dedicated resource committed to delivering state of the art healthcare facilities.

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