Raising awareness of sustainability in care programmes amongst Georgian policy makers
With the support of the World Bank and Georgian Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs, NICE International held a workshop for policy makers in Tbilisi in October 2010.
The purpose of the workshop was to inform thinking at senior government and managerial level for the institutionalization of a high-quality, realistic and sustainable quality care programme (including clinical guidelines) in Georgia, drawing on NICE's experience of working in the UK and other countries and the early lessons emerging from the MoLHSA-NICE collaboration.
The workshop was opened by the Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Misha Dolidze, and brought together over thirty participants representing the health insurance, professional associations, providers and the private sector, other government departments, universities, as well as IFIs such as the World Bank.
The workshop was led by a UK team, comprising a non-executive member of the NICE Board (who acted as workshop chair), the Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health at NICE, the NICE International lead for the Georgia project and the Director of NICE's International Division, in collaboration with the Georgian team, including senior policy makers and clinicians involved in the broader MoH/NICE project. The project is funded by the World Bank.
The day combined formal presentations drawing on NICE's experience of evidence-based practice and interactive discussions focusing on the Georgian health policy context (see programme in Appendix). The first part of the day focused on how to improve Georgian healthcare by developing evidence-based guidelines and using national Quality Standards appropriate to the Georgian healthcare system, and how these may be used in commissioning, reimbursing and regulating the healthcare systems in Georgia. The second part of the workshop drew more specifically on the institutionalisation of guideline development and health quality improvement in Georgia and what would be needed to ensure sustainability
This page was last updated: 30 November 2010