The University has launched the Evidence Based Healthcare Centre (EBHC) with support from the Ningbo Healthcare and Family Planning Committee.
Established at the University’s Ningbo Campus, the EBHC, which has been launched in partnership with Ningbo No.1 Hospital, and the Ningbo Centre of Disease Control, will enable the University to take advantage of opportunities in China’s growing healthcare sector.
Evidence-based healthcare is the process of using objective evidence to determine the best strategy for the delivery of healthcare to a given population. The EBHC will initially operate as a grouping of researchers, encompassing healthcare related activity delivered by the University of Nottingham in China, with a range of academic and healthcare partners.
£2 billion of Sino-UK healthcare deals
The UK has become increasingly interested in working with China’s healthcare sector in recent years. During President Xi Jinping’s 2015 state visit to the UK, over £2 billion of healthcare trade deals and collaborations were signed between Chinese and UK companies, universities and organisations.
The launch of the EBHC was witnessed by the Ningbo Vice Mayor, Mr Wang Jianhou and the University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Sir David Greenaway and signed by Prof Chris Rudd, Provost of the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. The signing ceremony was held as part of the wider ‘Nottingham-Ningbo Trade and Investment Forum’ attended by over 100 business and civic delegates from the two cities.
The launch was followed by the signing of two separate Memorandums of Understanding between the University, Ningbo No.1 Hospital, and the Ningbo Centre of Disease Control. Collaborations with these partners will include clinical research projects, the development of an online interaction forum, training in the field of public health and a medical exchange programme.
Addressing global healthcare issues
The EBHC is expected to act as a focus for University interactions with both the regional government in China and with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and Healthcare UK. Its aim is to address global healthcare issues through research, training and clinical practice and empowering local healthcare professionals through capacity building.
Professor Ian Hall, who led the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in establishing the new Centre, said: “I am excited by the opportunities the new Centre will provide both for the University and its researchers and those involved with healthcare in China. China has been identified as having high-value potential in the healthcare sector by the UK government, and there have been recent high profile government visits to China.
“Most importantly we have identified many areas for collaboration between researchers and health care professionals in Nottingham and Ningbo which will be of mutual benefit. By establishing a centre which will act as a focus for the University’s contributions in this strategically important area, we will be able to maximise these opportunities.”
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