Kingston University and St George's University of London have been working with the Hong Kong Hospital Authority (HKHA) in the field of integrated nursing care. Integrated care is a worldwide trend in health care reform which aims to bring together and coordinate services in response to the often fragmented delivery of health and social services systems.
The HKHA sends three groups of nurses to London each year to cover disciplines over four weeks including: integrated healthcare, community nursing and psychosocial nursing. The programmes include both training and practical visits to St George's hospital. In addition, senior staff are assigned as mentors to help the nurses to gain insight into higher level clinical management.
The delegates write a final report to link their learnings to their local way of practice, with a view to improving services in Hong Kong. The November 2016 cohort thoroughly enjoyed their study trip and reported that:
"This precious learning experience at Kingston University and St George's University of London has really enriched the nurses' knowledge and experience in integrated care nursing services. Please kindly accept my heartfelt thanks to the team for the support on this training programme." Bobo Chung, Manager (Nursing), Hospital Authority Hong Kong.
The 2017 Guardian league table ranks Kingston and St George's in the top ten in the UK and number one in London for nursing and midwifery.