Insights from King’s Fund report on NHS performance under coalition government


This week the Kings Fund published its report 'The NHS under the coalition government'. This report examines the NHS’s performance between 2010 and 2015, based on routinely available data (inputs such as funding and staffing and outputs such as hospital admissions and A&E attendances). It also draws on surveys of patient and staff experience; data on access and waiting times targets; and measures of safety and quality of care. The report concludes with an analysis of NHS productivity and an assessment of its prospects in the next parliament and beyond.

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Posted on 27/03/2015 | 0 Comments

Change happens at the speed of trust

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This week we’re delighted to share some thoughts from a US colleague on a topical healthcare issue. In this ‘My Take’ Harry Greenspun, Director, US Center for Health Solutions, discusses how advancements in data driven medicine hinges on earning the public’s trust.

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Posted on 19/03/2015 | 0 Comments

NHS Change Day – how social media took a simple idea to help transform healthcare


Yesterday, March 11, 2015, marked this year’s NHS Change Day.i The third such event since its inception in 2013. Few people working in the NHS can have missed this impressive social movement which appears to have caught the imagination and commitment of staff at all levels. A movement which uses social media to give frontline staff, carers, patients and families a voice and permission to make change happen. At its simplest, it’s about individuals making a public pledge to improve care in their field or area of expertise but its potential lies in its ability to galvanise staff to take control and become part of a social movement that transforms ways of working across the NHS and social care. 

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Posted on 12/03/2015 | 0 Comments

21st Century Cures: Revolutionizing the launch of new therapies


This week we are delighted to share some thoughts from one of our US colleagues – Terri Cooper, Principal - Federal Health Sector Leader. In her “My Take” she discusses US ambitions to enhance its global competitiveness in biomedical research, an item that’s high on the UK government’s agenda.

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Posted on 5/03/2015 | 0 Comments

What might the future look like for Dementia in 2020?


Last weekend the Prime Minister (PM) launched his second ‘challenge on dementia’ a five year vision aimed at positioning England as the best country in the world for dementia care and research by 2020[i]. The PM’s 2020 challenge is set against a backdrop of a growing body of evidence on the profound impact dementia is having on society (the Centre’s blog published late last year detailed the latest evidence on the scale and extent of the dementia challenge). While it celebrates the significant progress made to date it also acknowledges that much more still needs to be done.

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Posted on 26/02/2015 | 0 Comments

Is the nation sobering up?

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This week we are pleased to share perspectives on how behaviour change can help tackle harmful drinking from our colleagues Liz Hampson and Nicole Malouf,  – This is a short thought piece to be presented at The Global Chief Medical officers Network. 

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Posted on 19/02/2015 | 0 Comments

Can healthcare influence behaviour to improve health and wellbeing?

As we leave the first month of the year behind and look ahead to spring, many of us will be reflecting on progress, or otherwise, with our New Year’s resolutions. Many will experience that sinking feeling, the stark and unpalatable fact that far too many good intentions have already fallen by the way-side. We know that accomplishing New Year’s resolutions can have a huge impact on our health and wellbeing but research shows that only eight per cent of people who set resolutions actually achieve them.

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Posted on 13/02/2015 | 0 Comments

Are new organisational forms the solution to the current performance and sustainability challenges of NHS providers?


This week’s Thoughts from the Centre discusses the highlights from a publication developed by our colleagues in the Health Transactions and Restructuring Team on the Dalton review and implications for NHS providers.

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Posted on 5/02/2015 | 0 Comments

Catch me before I fall: Improving understanding and management of falls in older people


Returning from a weekend skiing gave me cause to reflect on one of the principal risks encountered, namely falling, and the impact of fluctuating temperatures at this time of year on the risk of falling here in the UK.

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Posted on 29/01/2015 | 2 Comments

Doubling down: The new focus for pharma


This week we thought it would be interesting to share insights on a topical issue from Deloitte's U.S. Center for Health Solutions. This “My Take” from the January 20th, 2015 Health Care Current written by Homi Kapadia, Vice Chairman, U.S Life Sciences Leader, Deloitte LLP, provides a view on the rise of "pure play" business strategies for life science companies.[i] 

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Posted on 22/01/2015 | 0 Comments

A winter’s tale? What’s really causing the A&E crisis?


Few can avoid the escalating hysteria of media headlines declaring that the NHS is yet again in the grip of another winter crisis, seemingly due to the sheer increase in volume of attendances at major Accident and Emergency (A&E) units. However, the facts of the matter are, that there is nothing unprecedented or unexpected about the level of A&E attendances, so what is behind the sharp fall in performance?

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Posted on 16/01/2015 | 0 Comments