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A flying visit

MPS Chief Executive Simon Kayll made his first visit to the Caribbean and Bermuda in June. Charlotte Hudson recounts the trip

This June MPS Chief Executive Simon Kayll made his debut visit to the Caribbean islands alongside Dr Nancy Boodhoo.

The trip gave Simon, who took over the role of Chief Executive in January this year, the chance to gain an insight into how MPS operates in the Caribbean, and to meet with key delegates, including corporate and public sector members, in Barbados, St Lucia, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

The trip gave Simon, who took over the role of Chief Executive in January this year, the chance to gain an insight into how MPS operates in the Caribbean

A meeting with the Barbados Association of Medical Professionals (BAMP) started off their visit, where they talked over the issue of tort reform proposals with the President of BAMP, Dr Carlos Chase.

The visit to Barbados ended with a successful presentation by Simon and Nancy to 35 doctors and dentists – discussing MPS, our business in the Caribbean and specifically explaining MPS indemnity for corporate membership in detail. The presentation generated considerable questions from the audience.

St Lucia was the next port of call starting off with a visit to Tapion Hospital and a talk with the risk management team, who expressed much interest in MPS’s International Conference in November. Next up was a visit to Victoria Hospital, the public hospital on St Lucia.

Simon and Nancy were given a better understanding of the quality approach taken by some in the corporate medical world in Barbados when they visited a medical centre with Dr Brian Charles

Simon and Nancy then met with the St Lucia Medical and Dental Association, and gave a presentation to 25 doctors and dentists. Simon and Nancy were given a better understanding of the quality approach taken by some in the corporate medical world in Barbados when they visited a medical centre with Dr Brian Charles. The tour allowed them to learn more about the provision of medicine in Barbados and the clinical and financial pressures that exist, as well as getting some insight into the level of risk management protocols that are in operation.

In Jamaica, Simon and Nancy gave a presentation to a number of doctors and dentists. One of MPS’s lawyers, Alan Wood, also attended and this generated a number of questions from the audience. Next up was a visit to the University of the West Indies, who wished to speak to Nancy about MPS providing indemnity for their dental students, especially when they start working with patients.

Nancy also promoted MPS’s e-learning modules for members. In the Cayman Islands, Simon and Nancy met with the Minister of Health, the Honourable Mark Scotland and the Permanent Secretary of Health, Jennifer Aherne. The Minister of Health said that MPS should approach the Medical Council with regard to CME accreditation for its training courses, including e-learning.

After a visit to the Cayman Island Health Service Authority (CIHSA) Simon and Nancy made their final presentation of the trip to doctors and dentists at the Georgetown Hospital and members took part in a Q&A session.

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