01 August 2017

The Trust’s healthcare development coordinator for Bedfordshire and Luton has shared his expertise with American healthcare colleagues as part of a transatlantic learning programme.

Steve Muggridge (pictured, far right) spent a week at Yale University after being invited to participate in Health Education England’s  annual trip which involves leaders from both countries learning about how their respective healthcare systems operate.

The trip was led by Professor Ian Cumming, chief executive of Health Education England.

Steve, who has also been invited in previous years, was asked to highlight the importance of fitness and nutrition in a mental health setting and organised practical demonstrations for American colleagues, including an outdoor fitness session.

“It is always fascinating to compare the NHS to the American healthcare system,” said Steve.

“The trip is a great opportunity to share ideas and discuss different approaches.”

He added: “Personally, it also brings home just how special the NHS is.

“We are so fortunate to have a system which means we can simply go to the GP when we are poorly. That isn’t possible in the US unless you have the money to pay for it.”

The trip took place from July 8-15.