Come to the conference and be inspired
The THET conference in September is a unique and stimulating annual event
The pressures and stress of working within the UK NHS are increasingly being reported and publicised; daily reports of rising workloads, inadequate staffing levels and the blame culture when any error occurs, are inevitably leading to health professional dissatisfaction and disgruntlement.
It is easy to be swept along in this atmosphere of negativity but rather than allow ourselves to further feed this unhelpful negative movement we all need to pause, reflect and celebrate what is good about the UK health care system and to appreciate the expertise skills and commitment of our health service colleagues.
Involvement in global health initiatives can be a turning point, whether a UK health professional is able to dedicate a week, a year or even longer to work in partnership with health colleagues in a low and middle income country (LMIC), what has been demonstrated is that as well as impact on health services in the LMIC there are many personal professional and indeed UK health service benefits from each individuals experience.
The THET conference in September is a unique and stimulating annual event bringing together UK and global partners to share experiences, discuss impact and promote good practice in global partnership activity – open to all it will excite, motivate and guide any UK health professional who is considering or who has undertaken global activity.
Global activity not only benefits all partners but ‘reboots’ individual health professionals passion, dedication and positivity for improving the health of individuals and populations whether here in the UK or overseas.
Come along to the conference and be inspired.
Professor Judith Ellis MBE Chair, THET
Highlights from our 2018 annual conference
Two days, 360 delegates and 89 speakers debating and discussing the contradictions and challenges we face working in global health and the innovative and inspiring ways health partnerships are working to tackle these: our 2018 Annual Conference provided insight into the enormous strength and power of global health initiatives. Top ministers and leading practitioners from the world of global health gathered at the UK’s biggest Health Partnership event to debate the challenges and responses to global health issues and how the UK is contributing to the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
Prolific speakers including, the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Dr Catherine Calderwood, Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College, Professor the Lord Darzi and a video message from the Director General of the WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, gave the global health and development community an opportunity to discuss how health partnerships can improve healthcare abroad as well as at home as the NHS celebrates its 70th anniversary.
As Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the WHO, stated in his welcoming video for the Conference:
‘This year, as you know, marks the WHO’s 70th birthday and as you know it is also the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service. Both the WHO and the NHS were founded on the conviction that everyone everywhere must have access to affordable quality healthcare. But today more than half of the world’s population lack access to essential health services and almost 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty every year by the costs of paying for care out of their own pockets. ‘
Innovative partnerships can help address this injustice by tapping global experience to find local solutions. Partnerships are the only viable way to train health workers and boost health systems, few countries can go it alone.
Best practice, innovation and the ethics of volunteering within the health partnership community were also furthered as the conference saw the announcement of the Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship Project announced, a welcome and much celebrated commitment from the UK government as part of the wider work of the Fleming Fund. The launch of the Students in Health Partnerships Toolkit provided another fantastic highlight of the conference! Produced in collaboration with Students for Global Health the toolkit aims to aid those coordinating health partnerships to increase their focuses on the role of the student. the toolkit promotes the concept of a health partnership, explains the role of the student in this and outlines practical considerations. As Lord Crisp wrote in his foreword:
Students form the next generation of doctors, nurses, midwives, innovators, researchers and global health champions and this Toolkit pays tribute to the students from across the UK who have already taken part in global health work. It also forms a call to action, we could be doing much more for this which in turn will benefit both students , their counterparts and those most in need.
The Conference was closed by Professor Sir Eldryd Parry, THET’s Founder and Lord Nigel Crisp, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Global Health who spoke in conversation of their beginnings in global health and both the barriers and great advances they have experienced whilst working to bring about equitable health services around the world.
Over two days, the conference brought to bear the need for partnerships, research and programmes to combat the continually growing health inequalities, whilst highlighting the continued and growing contribution the UK is making to combat this. If the energy, commitment and enthusiasm that we witnessed during the conference is anything to go by, the future of global health and attainment of Universal Health Coverage is certainly bright!
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