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Discussing a long standing health concern is difficult for anyone. However, men have a more difficult time in firstly realising they may have a health issue and secondly discussing it in an open way which would benefit their treatment. Crucial to improving the long term health of men is increasing public education on often understated issues in men’s health, and fostering an environment in which health issues can be discussed openly and without ridicule. This week’s blog, by Amen Sanghera, one of two analysts here at the centre, looks into the issues men have regarding discussing health concerns and the work charities, such as Movember, do to raise awareness for key issues in men’s health.
Just over a week ago, the media was awash with news about mental health, the focus this time was on its impact on businesses of all sizes in the UK. The interest was fanned by the publication of the independent review into workplace mental health, commissioned by the Prime Minister in January 2017. Thriving at Work: The Stephenson/ Farmer review of mental health, set out what employers can do to better support all employees, including those with mental health problems to remain in and thrive through work.1 In the light of this important issue, this week we’re featuring a mid-week blog, by Liz Hampson and Ushma Soneji - who supported the independent review over the past six months. Their specific task was to develop the case for investment that underpins the review’s recommendations. Their report, Mental health and employers: The case for investment, provides detailed insight into the cost to employers of failing to address and support mental wellbeing in the workplace.2 Deloitte’s report was published alongside the review, and attracted wide media attention.
This week, Deloitte and the think tank Reform published The State of the State 2017-18, our annual report on the UK’s public sector, based on fresh research that includes a citizen survey of 1,000 members of the public and in-depth interviews with 45 public sector leaders, including leaders from both health and social care. Having read The State of the State from a healthcare perspective, three issues caught my attention relating to data, austerity and demand.
Computer and smart phone applications are pervasive across the world and cover almost every conceivable facet of a peoples lifestyle choices. As of March 2017, the two largest app stores had a collective library of apps totalling 5 billion.i However, as demonstrated by our report, ‘Pharma and the connected patient: How digital technology is enabling patient centricity’, the uptake of applications produced by Life Science companies remains low. This week’s blog is by David Rosner, a principle in the firm’s US practice, and it was recently featured on the US Centre for Health Solutions site.ii David references our report and explores some of the reasons for the low uptake of applications by Life Sciences companies.
State of the smart: Mobile consumer patterns and their implications for life sciences and health care
Earlier this month saw the launch of the seventh edition of Deloitte’s “Mobile Consumer Survey: The UK Cut”. The survey explores the state of the current mobile landscape and how it is likely to change over the next five years. It contains data from 4,150 respondents in the UK aged 16-75 and is a cut of the global survey that provides unique insight into the mobile usage behaviour of nearly 53,000 respondents across 33 countries. In this week’s blog, I look at some of the data from the UK Cut and explore what it means for consumers in the health care and life sciences industries.
In June 2017, we published our report ‘Breaking the dependency cycle: Tackling health inequalities of vulnerable families’ which explores how the social determinants of health, such as access to and opportunities in education, employment, housing, public transport and welfare services, influence health inequalities in Western European countries. Mette Lindgaard (our Global Social Services Lead) and Rebecca George (then Global Public Sector Healthcare Lead and now Public Sector UK Lead) provided support and direction for the research. This week’s blog gives Mette’s take on the report, and how she and her colleagues have used the research findings in discussions and debates with clients over the past few months since publication.
World Alzheimer’s Day, held every year on 21 September, is an opportunity for organisations and individuals around the world to raise awareness, highlight issues faced by people affected by dementia and explores how to help people live well with dementia. Globally, dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face, with nearly 50 million people living with dementia; a number is growing by 10 million every year (or a new case every three seconds).1 Moreover, an increasing number of surveys show that dementia is the most feared disease amongst adults. However, it is possible to live well with the condition if the needs of people with dementia are upheld and dementia continues to be recognised as a public health priority.2 Tackling the global challenge of dementia requires investment in research, effective collaboration and a willingness to adopt evidence based good practice. This week Deloitte and the Alzheimer’s society hosted a panel discussion on dementia which I was privileged to participate in. Given the importance of the subject, I’m using this week’s blog to share the content of my presentation to help maintain the profile of this unrelenting challenge which touches most people’s lives in some way.
Every year, as autumn draws to a close, questions about how well the health service is prepared for winter dominate news headlines. This year is no exception, with last week’s news headlines highlighting NHS England’s warning to GPs and hospitals to expect more cases of flu than usual. This was prompted by the fact that Australia and New Zealand have just experienced their worst outbreak of the influenza virus (flu) for several years, with double the number of cases in 2017, when compared to 2016.1 Co-incidentally, last week our very own public health specialist, Dr Jane Halpin, alerted everyone in our health team to the availability of Deloitte’s voucher scheme and urged them to apply for a voucher and make every effort to get the vaccination. We therefore thought we would use this week’s blog to enable Jane to explain to us all, especially those staff who visit health organisations on a regular basis, why we should get the vaccination and why it’s important to do so every year.
Healthcare consultations are traditionally face-to-face interactions. As the demand for healthcare services continues to grow, it is increasingly difficult for patients to obtain timely and convenient face-to-face appointments. This week’s blog, by the Centre’s analyst, Amen Sanghera, explores recent developments in the use of virtual consultation made possible by the move from analogue to digital services and how these consultations (including telemedicine, video and chat-bots) could improve efficiency and connectivity across healthcare and provide better support to patients.
The NHS provides highly specialised and energy intensive hospital services to more than one million people every 36 hours. Hospitals are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with energy bills costing upwards of £750 million every year.1 Energy costs are expected to increase at a rate above inflation; consuming an increasing share of NHS budgets. Systematically reducing energy use through demand reduction and a transition to low cost, renewable sources will help not only save money, it will also lower the NHS's carbon footprint and could even become a source of revenue. Experts estimate that efficiency measures could cut the energy bill by up to 20 per cent, saving £150 million each year. This week’s blog is written by our colleague, Stuart Wright, a leader in energy advisory services working in Risk Advisory, and discusses how smart approaches to energy use can help protect front line services.