Kerala to Revamp Healthcare Model Inspired by State-owned NHS in U.K.

Published Date : Oct 25, 2017

An India state government has planned to refurbish its healthcare model while collaborating with a U.K. university to address problems revolving around capacity development for research, training, and primary care. The new model has been expected to take inspiration from the National Health Service (NHS) of the U.K., which is one of the oldest and largest single-payer healthcare systems that benefits all citizens of the country. An assignment led by K.K. Shailaja Kumari, Kerala’s health minister, ended with a two-day visit to the University of Warwick to understand the adaption of the general practitioner (GP) system to pressures instigated by population changes.

Opportunities Explored for Collaboration with University of Warwick for Training and Research

The state government had been keen on understanding how to tackle issues related to the evaluation of the impact of interventions, translating research into practice, and capacity development for primary care. The five-member delegation from Kerala had included other ministers and authorities, who also visited local general practices in Coventry city center and the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS. These had been accompanied by Warwick Medical School’s local academic unit for primary care members and clinicians. The Kerala team had explored the UHCW NHS Trust’s university hospital and Surgical Training Center which trains experienced surgeons as well as Warwick Medical students.

There had been talks about training and post-graduate training for GPs, India’s mental health and primary care resource, and health problems in urban areas. Warwick Medical School dean, Sudhesh Kumar said the organization will be looking forward to collaborations with Kerala that are mutually beneficial.