Vietnamese Ministry visit NICE
NICE International was pleased to host a delegation from the Vietnamese central and provincial governments as part of the EU-funded Health Sector Capacity Support Project. The delegation consisted of members of the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Planning and Investment, and representatives from the health services departments in the Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, and Ha Nam provinces. Vietnam is proposing substantial health reform over the coming years and the delegates learnt about the role of NICE in the NHS and also the importance of primary care to delivering high quality, efficient and equitable services. Representatives from Monitor and the London Procurement Partnership also addressed the delegation providing invaluable insights into the regulation of hospitals and procurement mechanisms in the NHS. NICE International is currently working with the Vietnamese Ministry of Health on a series of in-country projects, and this visit highlighted the importance of engaging across government departments and on a central and provincial level.
Health Minister Madame Tien visits NICE
In the second visit to NICE by the Ministry of Health, Vietnam, Health Minister Madame Tien led the delegation and learned about the role of GPs and primary care in the NHS from Dr Maggie Helliwell, the Vice Chair of NICE and a GP. Primary care will be an important part of Vietnam’s healthcare reform strategy. The Ministry of Health and NICE engaged in dialogue about opportunities to strengthen our ongoing collaboration (in quality improvement and HTA capacity-building) into a long-term partnership covering broad strategic areas, to create sustainable institutions that deliver improved health for the population of Vietnam.
Vietnamese Ministry of Health visits NICE
A delegation from the Ministry of Health of Vietnam and affiliated organisations, led by the Vice Minister for Health, Madame Xuyen spent five days with NICE to help inform the Ministry’s strategy for quality improvement.
The group learnt about the structure of the NHS, NICE HTA processes, the development and Implementation of guidelines, Quality Standards including pay for performance schemes and the role and structure of Primary Care in the UK. They visited the Health and Social CareInformation Centre and the stroke Unit at St Thomas’ hospital in London. The Study Tour was funded by the Joint Learning Fund. Summarising her experience of the Study Tour Madame Xuyen said: “this is one of the most interesting and useful trip they have ever participated in.