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Japan Mie Prefecture Collaboration

The Royal Free London signed a landmark agreement to provide training to student nurses, teaching staff and medical professionals from Japan.

On 7 July 2015, Eikei Suzuki, governor of Mie Prefecture, Japan, visited the Royal Free Hospital along with  15 delegates including public officials and academics from the Mie Prefecture College of Nursing to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Trust. Governor Suzuki said: “With this arrangement nurses training in Mie Prefecture will automatically be granted the opportunity to apply to study at the Royal Free London. By making working as a nurse in the prefecture appealing and attractive, we hope to secure the number and quality of nurses needed to provide medical care in our community.

The first cohort of six Japanese clinical observers from the Mie Province arrived on Monday 29th February 2016, accompanied by their province Regional Medical Development Director Kato who saw this collaboration to be of utmost importance. 

We have helped to train university academics, senior and specialist nurses/midwives, seconded by the Mie Government in the following areas: Care of the Elderly, Dementia care, Integrated Care, Maternity and Oncology.

 Participants Testimonials

“This opportunity broadened my outlook remarkably” Independent Midwife & Birthing House Proprietor September 2017
“I think that it is excellent system about A&E, TREAT, Hot clinic, MDT meeting and good coordination between community and hospital” Head Nurse, September 2016
“It was great and interesting to hear midwifery education system and care for women and their family who experience pregnancy loss, and see midwifery practice in UK. Moreover, I was fascinated to hear pre-registration midwifery education system. In addition, I think this experience will help me to improve our pre-registration midwifery education. This experience was very valuable” Assistant Professor, September 2016
“I recommend to my colleagues actively. The experience here was valuable, and has shown us the way forward” Nurse Manager, March 2016
“Royal Free Hospital has various training programmes for the Int’l groups and their organised structures. Staffs who involve to the program are so supportive and easily approachable. Am interested to attend some programs in the future and to recommend highly to someone who needs some additional learning opportunities in their professional growth” Professor, March 2016
“It is so useful for researcher or educator to learn their specialty and to develop Japanese nursing” Nurse, March 2016