Health Professions January 28, 2019
The UK Healthcare Model

By News - World Healthcare Journal

Governments and healthcare organisations around the world are using UK expertise to develop their own health services and infrastructure. The UK’s incredible wealth of experience, drawn from its own healthcare model and enhanced clinical outcomes, is shared with governments and organisations around the world, saving many lives in the process.

Healthcare demands such as the needs of a growing and ageing population, improving patient care and ensuring healthcare professionals get access to the best training are now becoming global issues. The UK works with overseas partners to improve and enhance quality and reliability in their own healthcare systems.

The international community is drawn to the success of our National Health Service (NHS), which, as the largest integrated national health system in the world, delivers high-quality care to over one 1m patients every 36 hours.

Additionally, the UK is home to a range of cutting-edge healthcare businesses and pioneering academic institutions that are making an impact on how healthcare is designed and delivered globally and are continually adapting new solutions for healthcare problems.

Whatever type of health facility, service or training programme you are planning, we can connect you to the diverse and experienced expertise you need.


The UK integrated health system

Over the course of nearly 70 years, the NHS has delivered world-class and cost-effective healthcare through a system in which every part works to improve outcomes for patients, and which has inspired and influenced governments and organisations around the world. Our healthcare system is based on expertise in areas such as strategy and planning, funding, training, innovation, service delivery and regulation which work together to support a complete and integrated service.

Continuous innovation 

The NHS is developing new models of care including whole system and population-based integrated care, and the system’s success is reflected in the fact that we can support 66.5m people in the UK with access to the highest quality of care, free of charge at the point of use.

It is home to pioneer sites of local areas using ambitious and innovative approaches to deliver person-centred health care and support, and to accountable care systems of collaborations or organisations agreeing to provide all health and social care for a given population.


66.5m - The NHS supports the entire population of the UK with access to the highest quality of care, free of charge

1st - UK has the best healthcare system in the world (Commonwealth Fund 2014, 2016, 2017)

1.4m patients every 24 hours - The NHS performs over 6m day-case procedures per year

142 major NHS Trusts and private mental health providers in England 

 Cancer survival in the UK has doubled in the last 40 years


Some of the best clinical expertise

Every year a new development is uncovered, a new piece of intelligence is unveiled, and the NHS continues to build on its track record of innovation. From the world’s first liver, heart and lung transplant to being the first health system to use mitochondrial donation, the innovation taking place in the UK’s healthcare system is unequivocal.

By collaborating with NHS institutions and their private-sector partners, you too can benefit from their unparalleled skills and experience across the whole spectrum of medical, surgical and mental health services. This can be through:

  • Consultancy and professional services - from needs analysis to the design of clinical pathways.
  • Local partnerships, licensing and franchising - running clinical services based on NHS models.
  • Remote service delivery - from distance learning to remote diagnostics.

Education and training

Matching the healthcare needs of growing, ageing populations with the right supply of trained health professionals is a global challenge, and the UK is tackling this by developing world-renowned education and training programmes to deliver the health professionals needed to meet demand today and in the future.

The quality of the health system in the UK is underpinned by education and training requirements defined in collaboration with the universities and colleges, the regulatory bodies, the Royal Colleges and the government. These organisations work together to ensure that health professions have the skills to deliver safe, high-quality care.

We are home to three of the world’s top five universities for clinical, pre-clinical and health subjects where international students can benefit from quality training in leading facilities. We can help you find the partners you need to produce world-class doctors, nurses and other health professionals, and respond to a rapidly changing healthcare environment.


Pioneering digital health innovations

Digital technology is crucial in improving healthcare, and the UK develops some of the world's most sophisticated digital systems for diagnosing, delivering and monitoring high quality, patient-centred services. We are at the forefront of transforming healthcare services by using digital solutions to prevent and manage chronic illnesses more effectively. If you're looking to digital health to improve access, reduce costs and raise quality, the UK has the expertise you need.

Partnering with our digital health sector means your patients will benefit from innovative, research-driven and evidence-based technology in areas such as mobile health, remote care, artificial intelligence and data-driven business intelligence. UK expertise can: 

  • Bring care closer to home.
  • Empower patients to take control of their health.
  • Reach out to communities in remote areas.
  • Help develop more effective treatments, for example through the use of Big Data.

Infrastructure services

Great infrastructure is the foundation for excellent healthcare. In the UK, the experience and expertise of our health planners, architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers and facility operators and managers underpins the success of our NHS. UK companies are leaders across the spectrum of infrastructure services, from modelling, financing and patient-centred design through to construction and operation, and essential services such as digital systems. You can benefit from their expertise, by working together to deliver efficient infrastructure projects that:

  • Are designed around patients’ needs.
  • Support high-quality, responsive, accessible and safe services.
  • Make the most efficient use of space and resources.
  • Motivate staff.
  • Inspire public confidence.

About Healthcare UK

We know the UK market inside-out and make it our business to understand the healthcare needs in our target markets around the world. If you are planning a complex or large-scale project, we can bring together a consortium of UK organisations to support all or part of it. Healthcare UK is a joint initiative between the UK Department of Health and Social Care, Department for International Trade and NHS England; we are connected to decision-makers at the highest levels. This enables us to bring together expertise from across the UK's health sector, including the NHS.

We are specialists in setting-up healthcare partnerships, around the world. The Department for International Trade has offices in more than 100 markets worldwide, so you can benefit from our local expertise.

Contact: healthcare.uk@trade.gov.uk

Website: trade.great.gov.uk/industries/healthcare


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