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Thailand’s Health Directors seek Trust’s expertise

thai delegatesA group of directors from Thailand's nursing colleges visited Manchester Royal Infirmary and Saint Mary's Hospital recently as part of a University of Salford-led tour arranged to help improve Thailand's education and primary healthcare system.

The 16 public health directors, representing regional colleges from across the South East Asian country, spent nine days at the University and visiting sites the University collaborates with to develop ideas about improving teaching methods, boosting the quality of graduates and reforming primary healthcare.

The delegates visited Manchester Royal Infirmary, Saint Mary's and Salford Royal to learn about the Devolution Manchester agenda integrating health and social care across Greater Manchester, and how the University of Salford works with the NHS to make sure its nursing and public health education adapts in response to changes in the health sector.

They also visited the University's MediaCityUK campus to find out about how digital media is being used to teach nurses and midwives.

The directors are from the Praboromarachanok Institute, part of Thailand's Ministry of Public Health, which runs dozens of public colleges across the country taking in 5,000 students each year, along with nearly 100 hospitals and nearly 10,000 smaller health centres.

Dr Saengchom Tanomsingh, from the Thai institute, said: "We're looking at how to develop our teaching and improve the quality of our students, and we're hoping to improve our leadership development and the way we share knowledge and experience between different institutions.

"It's good to see the primary care system in the UK - when we get back we will have some suggestions about how we can reform our own system."