We will continue to use our unique positioning to occupy policy spaces that we feel can maximise our impact, especially on UK government policy.
In the paper we make the case that for aid to alleviate extreme poverty in the poorest countries, but also to create commercial opportunities in better off countries, it is important to recognise the role of UK engagement with middle-income countries (MICs). In particular, we argue that the UK’s healthcare sector should be seen as a vital component of this revised approach to aid as the economies of MICs continue to grow. The NHS is widely regarded as the UK’s most treasured institution, and yet its potential as a driver of development and commercial exchange between the UK and other countries is under developed.
This paper is primarily intended to stimulate discussion but we also make a number of specific recommendations which we believe have the power to maximise soft power gains, establish the UK as a leader in global workforce development and increase the commercial success of the NHS and wider UK healthcare ecosystem international.
Our policy paper In Our Mutual Interest shares the learning acquired by THET over many years working at the heart of the health partnership movement. Examining the opportunities and challenges associated with this approach, this report points to the huge benefit that can be derived by both the UK and our partners and governments overseas when the right balance is struck between our own organisational and national interest, and the interest of people living in some of the world’s poorest countries.