TPP have signed a memorandum of understanding with health ministers from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The signing took place at the close of the GCC’s four day visit to the UK where they were hosted by the University of Leeds, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, and the House of Lords.
Delegates on the visit included health ministers from Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, and the GCC chair, Professor Tawfik Khoja, from Saudi Arabia. The council visited the UK to learn more about the structure of primary care in the NHS and how IT is used to support the delivery of integrated health services.
On the second day of the visit, the delegation took a tour of the TPP head offices in Leeds. Frank Hester, Founder & CEO, said “We were delighted to welcome the GCC health council to the UK. We learnt a lot from each other throughout this visit and I sincerely look forward to building on our relationship in the future”.
The delegation also visited the University of Leeds to learn more about how health informatics is used for public surveillance, research and the training of medical students. Pro Vice Chancellors Vivien Jones and David Hogg met the group at University House along with professors from the Yorkshire Centre of Health Informatics.
The GCC ministers also visited the Ridge Medical Practice in Bradford and Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, two organisations who are sharing patient data to provide integrated care. On the third day of the visit, the Right Hon Ken Clarke MP hosted the delegation at the House of Lords, along with staff from UK Trade & Investment.
Healthcare UK Managing Director, Howard Lyons, who hosted a dinner for the delegation during their time in London said “The visit was a great example of private companies seizing the initiative to bring key clients to the UK to show first-hand the best of British know-how. The door has now been thrown wide open to engage with GCC countries on a range of healthcare opportunities, especially in the Digital Health space where UK offerings are particularly strong”.
The Memorandum of Understanding will see TPP working alongside the GCC Health Council in a “spirit of openness, co-operation and goodwill” to explore the development and implementation of a world class electronic patients’ records system across the Gulf States.