Earlier this month a group of 25 US physicians came to Surrey Heartlands as part of an educational visit to the UK from the University of Alabama.

Impressed following a presentation given at The King’s Fund last year, a small delegation of US physicians and faculty managers made sure Surrey Heartlands was on their itinerary for an educational visit to the UK earlier this month.  The visit was part of a symposium for around 25 physicians who are completing their MBA programme at Auburn University in Alabama, along with some of their faculty managers.  Those attending came from a variety of states across the US including California, New Jersey, North Carolina and of course Alabama.

The group were welcomed by Senior Responsible Officer Dr Claire Fuller and Transformation Director Sarah Parker at the United Reform Church in Woking where they heard presentations on primary care and primary care networks from Dr Charlotte Canniff (GP and Clinical Chair at North West Surrey CCG) and Dr Julia Chase (GP and Clinical Lead for Mental Health).  This was followed by a talk by Dr David Fluck (Medical Director at Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals) who gave a very short synopsis of NHS reform (!) followed by an explanation of why we are looking to transform the way we deliver outpatients.  The talks were followed by lively discussion and a visit to the Bedser Hub at Woking Community Hospital (a great example of integrated care) where they were hosted by the hub’s Medical Director Dr Liz Lawn (Pictured).

The group had lots of questions and found their visit hugely informative and enjoyable.   Our thanks to everyone who took part.