Innovative approaches to improving global access to palliative and end-of-life care


I am delighted to use this week’s blog to introduce the Centre’s new Manager, Mark Steedman. After studying bioengineering and completing a PhD in the San Francisco Bay Area and a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship in London, Mark has spent the past four years analysing global health policy. His recent work has involved research into topics such as palliative and end-of-life care, maternal and newborn health, design in healthcare and electronic health records. His blog this week focusses on his background researching innovative approaches to improving access to palliative and end-of-life care, a topic we explored recently in our report Vital Signs: how to deliver better healthcare across Europe, in 2014 in our report Transforming care at the end-of-life and in 2013 in the report Dying Healed: transforming end-of-life care through innovation, which Mark and I co-authored for the 2013 World Innovation Summit for Health.

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Posted on 27/01/2017 | 0 Comments

Helping to achieve truly person centred care


Our recent report Vital Signs: how to deliver better healthcare across Europe highlighted, as one of our vital signs, patient engagement and empowerment. This week’s blog, by one of our colleagues in our Irish member firm, Gary Comiskey, caused me to reflect on the report and to wonder if we had omitted a key element of patient engagement, specifically the need to recognise that patients are first and foremost people with individual needs and goals, and that staff need to engage more with the person being treated. Don’t take my word for this, but read Gary’s blog below and decide for yourselves.

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Posted on 19/01/2017 | 0 Comments

How can healthcare be better delivered in a humanitarian emergency response?


This week’s blog is from Rachel Alsop, one of our colleagues in our strategy consulting team who spends some of her own time volunteering with the humanitarian mapping charity, MapAction. The importance of this work is evident from the blog and so I’m leaving Rachel to explain, in her own words.

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Posted on 13/01/2017 | 0 Comments

12 medical technology innovations likely to transform healthcare in 2017


2016 saw an increase in the adoption of medical technology innovations aimed at tackling some of the most intractable healthcare challenges. Our first blog of 2017 shares the Centre’s view of the top 12 innovations (in alphabetical order) that we believe will have the greatest impact on the continued transformation of healthcare.

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Posted on 06/01/2017 | 0 Comments

A solution to improving the diversity of NHS Boards?


One of my most fulfilling roles over the past six years has been as a Non-Executive Director (NED) in an NHS Acute Trust, a role I took on after leaving the National Audit Office where I had been the Director of Health Value for Money Audit for 13 years. On assuming my current role as the Director of the Centre for Health Solutions, Deloitte agreed that I could continue with my NED role which has helped me consider issues from both a ‘real world’ and a research basis. My own experience has also enabled me to appreciate the benefits that people with different skills and experience bring to board governance. The NHS has long recognised that its senior teams are under-representative of the communities they serve and the staff they lead and has launched numerous initiatives to improve the diversity of boards but, to date, these have had limited success. As part of my research role, I was given the opportunity to interview a colleague, Hani Girgis, a Partner in Deloitte Consulting, who has spent the last year in an experimental Associate NED role, to try and understand how the NHS might achieve greater diversity at Board level. Hani’s experience and lessons from the ‘experiment’ provide valuable insights on tackling board diversity which I thought I would share by way of our final blog of the 2016.

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Posted on 22/12/2016 | 0 Comments

A balancing act for Pharma R&D


This week marks the release of our seventh annual ‘Measuring the return from pharmaceutical innovation’ report, so I thought I’d use this week’s blog to give my take on the report and its key findings. Our report calculates the return on investment that the 12 leading biopharma companies (by 2009 R&D spend) might expect to achieve from their late-stage pipelines, as well as tracking the performance of an extension cohort of four mid-to-large cap biopharma companies for the second time.

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Posted on 16/12/2016 | 0 Comments

Stopping prostate cancer from being a killer


This week’s blog is by a former colleague and partner with Deloitte UK, Simon Hammett who retired earlier this year after an exemplary career to pursue a number of long held ambitions. Knowing that one of his new roles was as a Trustee of Prostate Cancer UK, I asked him to share his experience by way of a blog and true to his word he has delivered as promised. In Simon’s own words:

I became a Trustee on the Board of Prostate Cancer UK in March 2016. With over twenty years’ experience in the healthcare and life sciences sector, I wanted to give something back. I have found the experience incredibly satisfying for a number of reasons.

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Posted on 09/12/2016 | 0 Comments

Improving patient outcomes through changes to oncology payments


Deloitte's recently published report, Facing the tidal wave: De-risking pharma and creating value for patients looks at how the healthcare ecosystem has become increasingly complex, strained and challenged by a responsibility to deliver better patient outcomes while managing escalating healthcare costs. One of the key issues identified in our report was that the incidence of cancer is expected to increase substantially over the next few decades, whilst the financial burden and cost to society for the disease are expected to increase significantly. A recent article by Deloitte's global life sciences leader Greg Reh considers changes to the ways in which oncology treatments are now being funded in the US, known as value-based oncology payment models, and the implications this will have for biopharma companies. This week’s blog seeks to share these insights from the US and the potential implications should European funding systems adopt similar payment models.

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Posted on 02/12/2016 | 0 Comments

Antibiotic resistance: tackling a global threat through collaboration


Last week’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week was aimed at continuing to raise the profile of importance of tackling antimicrobial resistance.1

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Posted on 24/11/2016 | 0 Comments

Living happily ever after with diabetes


November 14th was World Diabetes Day.i Today in the UK there are some 3.5 million people diagnosed with diabetes and 549,000 people living, unknowingly, with the condition. In 2015, diabetes cost the NHS some £10 billion, however, the real cost to the individual is the debilitating effect of the disease and the increased risk of developing life-threatening complications. People with diabetes are twice as likely to be admitted to hospital and, every day in the UK, some 65 people die prematurely from complications of diabetes. Improving the management of diabetes has significant implications for patient outcomes and reducing healthcare costs.ii This week’s blog is a personal story of living with diabetes type 1 and the impact that health technology can have on improving diabetics’ lives.

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Posted on 18/11/2016 | 0 Comments