Medical Careers Symposium for Schools, held at the ICENI Centre

Our annual Medical Careers Workshop is becoming a fixed date in the diary for local schools in North Essex and Suffolk.

This year, 49 aspiring doctors visited the Centre from: The Gilberd School, Colchester; Colchester Sixth Form College; Colchester Royal Grammar School; Thomas Gainsborough School, Great Cornard; Ipswich School; Royal Hospital School, Holbrook; and Felsted School.

Mr Tan Arulampalam, Clinical Director of The ICENI Centre and a consultant surgeon at the Trust, kicked off the day in June by telling youngsters about working as a surgeon. Other experts on hand discussed careers in A&E, General Practice, Anaethestics and paediatrics.

The day also included a talk by Dr Ruth Jackson from Anglia Ruskin University, who is currently seconded to set up Anglia Ruskin’s new School of Medicine and to oversee the integration of its Postgraduate Medical Institute into the new school – due to open in September 2018.

Mr Arulampalam said: “Our medical careers day gives our clinicians the opportunity to showcase the diverse, rewarding and fascinating career that medicine is.

“We are fortunate to have the UK’s newest medical school opening on our doorstep at Anglia Ruskin University and we will be an important part of this enterprise.

“Students find it difficult to access information about medical school entry and my hope is that we will attract the brightest young men and women from the broadest backgrounds.”

This year’s event proved to be a hit with positive comments including “Thank you, amazing!”

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Professor Motson has recently returned from a visit to China for teaching and training. The first centre was the Renji Hospital in Shanghai, which was close to completing a 4,000 sq. metre training building for multi-specialty use. The second Ningxia University Hospital in Yinchuan in Northern China.

Professor Motson lectured at both sites on the laparoscopic training that is carried out in the ICENI Centre and also ran a Trans-Anal Total Mesorectal Excision (TaTME) course in Yinchuan. The Chinese surgeons and trainees were very enthusiastic and keen to learn from their Western colleagues.

Essex International and The ICENI Centre hosts bespoke training for Chinese GPs

Today, Essex International waved goodbye to 18 Chinese GPs following a bespoke three week training programme to learn about the UK’s healthcare system.

As a part of the unique 30 year Jiangsu partnership, the three week knowledge exchange was delivered jointly with the ICENI Centre in Colchester. The expert team shared examples with the delegation on how they could effectively relieve pressure on hospitals in China.

The training programme included lectures and site visits and covered the following topics:

  • Overview of the NHS and local health care system in England
  • Primary health care, the role of GPs and training of GPs
  • How a General Practice is staffed, run, financed and regulated.

Peter Manning, Head of Essex International, said: “Through helping this group of Chinese doctors understand how the UK’s primary health care system operates, Essex International is in turn opening doors to opportunities in China for Essex healthcare businesses. This long-term programme is a win-win for both sides and we are keen to help other healthcare businesses who may be interested in the Chinese market.”

Essex International has developed a close link with the Jiangsu Health Commission, and this three week programme has seen China looking to the UK for guidance and best practice as they seek to reform their healthcare system.

Developed alongside the ICENI Centre, future plans are to deliver the bespoke training course in China.

Professor Roger Motson, Director of the ICENI Centre said: “We are delighted to welcome this group of Chinese GPs from Jiangsu province in China. We have previously trained surgeons from Changzhou in Jiangsu and continuing our longer term connections with China is part of our international educational strategy. In this three week visit they will learn about the many differences between the UK and Chinese health systems and take home some new ideas that they can develop into their own practices.”