Chinese Doctors complete their Clinical Attachment

CEO, Nick Hulme, attended the ICENI Centre recently to meet 9 Chinese doctors visiting ESNEFT as part of the ICENI Centre International Fellowship Programme.  The 9 clinicians (4 x orthopaedic surgeons, 1 colorectal surgeon, 2 x gastroenterologists and 2 x pathologists) were fully funded by their hospital – the General Hospital of Ningxia Medical University (GHNMU).

This strand of the fellowship programme was borne out of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by the Trust with the GHNMU in 2018.  Ultimately, the aim is for ESNEFT to be able to offer the Chinese doctors 1-2 year fellowship posts in hard to fill clinical positions across the Trust – thereby providing departments much needed capacity and reducing agency costs. Under the MOU ESNEFT clinicians have also travelled to the GHNMU to experience the culturally different approach to healthcare practices, to share best practice and to seek out potential joint research projects – the costs of the trips are covered by the Chinese hospital.

This mutually beneficial relationship has got off to a great start with the completion of 3 month clinical attachments by the 9 Chinese doctors pictured above, underlined by comments from both the doctors themselves and their clinical supervisors here.

‘Impressive’ said, spinal orthopaedic surgeon Xuehua Zhan, when asked to describe his experience. Dr Zhan’s clinical supervisor Mr David Cummings (Ipswich Hospital) also believes his involvement was ‘educational’ for himself.  The doctors were ‘excellent to have around and discuss differences and similarities in our approach to patient care’, he said.

The GHNMU doctors, based at both Ipswich and Colchester hospitals, all agree that the opportunity to visit the UK and learn NHS systems and processes has broadened their horizons and had a positive impact on their clinical work.

Penny O’Toole, Business Development Manager at the ICENI Centre, said the Chinese clinicians were very hard working and enthusiastic to embrace every opportunity offered by the departments and thanked the clinical supervisors and their colleagues for providing such a warm welcome and support during their stay with us.  ‘We are looking forward to inviting the doctors back as fellows once they have completed all the processes required to gain GMC registration’.