Sir Malcolm Grant, Chairman, NHS
In June 2016, National Health Service's (NHS) Chairman Sir Malcolm Grant was in India and led a world-class delegation which exhibited and showcased its expertise in Delhi and Mumbai. This is said to be a leading, high-powered healthcare trade mission in the form of Smart Healthcare demonstrator featuring the very best of UK companies in modern healthcare, specifically chosen for their ability to support India's Smart Healthcare initiatives.
This delegation is a part of the agreement between UK-India during PM Modi's visit to the UK where the two Prime Ministers emphasized the potential to increased investment and co-operation in health and related sectors. The UK's healthcare sector is a thriving ecosystem of researchers, scientists, engineers, designers, National Health Service clinicians, and an unrivalled database and network of healthcare professionals.
In his exclusive interview with BioSpectrum, Sir Grant shares the NHS' inside innovations, Indo-UK Smart Healthcare collaborations, India's opportunities, the organization's strategy and investments in India, and its growth plans for the next couple of years. Excerpts:
Q: Give us a glimpse about the innovative happenings in the UK's Smart Healthcare sector.
A: It is hard to give just a glimpse: there is so much to say! One of the most innovative things about the NHS is that it provides a complete healthcare system for all its citizens, it is the embodiment of Universal Health Care in practice. Through our Five Year Forward View, we are now taking this to new levels with our unique New Models of Care programme where services will provide a fully-integrated service across primary, secondary and tertiary care.