THET writes reports, discussion papers and position papers to influence policy makers internationally.
From Competition to Collaboration explores the interactions between the UK’s NHS and Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) through the lens of an increasingly mobile health workforce. In particular, the report examines how the UK’s ambitions to increase international recruitment, expressed most recently in the Interim NHS People Plan, sit alongside long-standing commitments to support the development of health services in LMICs. The report shares the learning THET has gathered through its work in Health Partnerships, to help chart an ethical way forward for policy makers in the UK and overseas.
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 internationally.
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.
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