31 January 2023
That is why it is so vital that we keep investing in our capacity to learn globally while acting locally this year. In the debates to come, the most persuasive voices will be those of the health workers themselves. To borrow Lord Crisp’s phrase, it is their role as ‘curators of knowledge and agents of change’, which needs to be heard as the world convenes this year to drive forward Universal Health Coverage for everyone, everywhere.
Ben Simms, CEO
At the national or regional level this might include partnering with the WHO’s Alliance for Transformative Action on Climate and Health, or at the local level using WHO’s Climate change and health toolkit. In 2023 THET looks forward to exploring these themes with the health partnership community.
Richard Skone-James, Head of Programmes
This year the UK celebrates the NHS’s 75th birthday. This milestone offers an opportunity to reflect on how the NHS began, but also, more importantly, its future. Here at THET we’re passionate about recognising and championing the role of diaspora staff in the NHS. 1 in 7 NHS staff report a non-British nationality. Yet the expertise of diaspora NHS staff in global health is underestimated and underutilized. Unconscious bias and persistent racism are just some of the barriers limiting the ability of the NHS to benefit fully from the expertise and knowledge of other health systems diaspora staff bring.
At THET we’re proud to be building on our 2021 policy report, ‘Experts in Our Midst’ through partnering with NHS trusts across the country to build an NHS ‘Diaspora Network for Global Health’—driving conversations that shift the dial, addressing the disparities in recruitment, retention, and career progression for internationally recruited healthcare workers in the UK.
Learn more in our 2022-2027 Strategic Plan
Stay tuned for more throughout 2023! Our goal to be ambitious in our approach to equity and inclusion means that we need to be a part of the conversations that shift the dial, addressing the disparities in recruitment, retention, and career progression for internationally recruited healthcare workers in the UK.
Sawdah Mohamed, Policy and Engagement Officer