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By Karen Taylor and Krissie Ferris, Centre for Health Solutions
Since 2008, the Deloitte US Center for Health Solutions has polled a nationally representative sample of US adults (18 and older) about their experiences and attitudes related to their health, health insurance, and health care.1 Earlier this year we helped the US Center design a global survey to help understand what consumers value most about healthcare, and their appetite for digital innovations, including their willingness to share their personal health data. The US Center collected primary data through an online survey, fielded between May and June 2019, in seven countries (Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands Singapore and the UK). It then compared their responses to responses from the US consumer survey conducted in 2018. The US Centre launched their report on the survey last week.2 This week’s blog is our take on the key findings for the UK.
By Andrew Bryan, Deloitte Financial Advisory
This summer’s high profile coverage of the ‘Aussie flu’ outbreak Down Under, got me thinking about how much of the coverage is media hype, and whether there is any available data to support the fears about flu outbreaks in the Northern hemisphere. With the UK now entering the flu season, this week’s blog explores my analysis and key findings.
By Dr Mark Steedman, PhD, Manager, Centre for Health Solutions
The moustache has a fascinating history – popular at times, eschewed at others, but always competing in the popularity stakes against the beard. From a fashion symbol popularised by monarchs of the past, to practical restrictions on beards but not moustaches because of press articles linking germs with beards and rules preventing bearded men from handling food. As a result, the popularity of the beard versus the moustache has ebbed and flowed.1 I’ve seen this even in my own lifetime. While there were a few famous moustaches that adorned the faces of Hollywood stars and musicians, for the most part, the 1990s saw the moustache fall seriously out of fashion.
By Karen Taylor, Director, Centre for Health Solutions
Last month I participated in a panel discussion at the Technology Services Association International Technology-Enabled Care Conference on the subject of Citizen Powered Technological Enablement.1 In anticipation of the panel discussion, I agreed to write a blog on our July 2019 research report Closing the digital gap: Shaping the future of UK healthcare.2 This week, I thought I’d repurpose this blog as a Centre blog, to highlight some the challenges currently being faced in delivering a digital first NHS. Next month we will return to this issue with a focus on primary care.
By Krissie Ferris, Research Analyst, Centre for Health Solutions
Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is encouraging the nation to take the ‘Veg Pledge’ this November and go vegetarian or vegan for one month.1 Those taking part can obtain plenty of tips, recipes and fundraising ideas from CRUK to help them through their challenge. Being vegan myself, and having just completed my first week at Deloitte, it was great to see so many plant-based offerings on the menu at our snazzy 1 New Street Square canteen. Providing more plant-based options is the main way employers are responding to the cultural shift that is turning more and more people towards plant-based diets (see Deloitte’s 2019 article ‘Plant-based alternatives, Driving industry M&A’).2 However, there are many other approaches that leading companies like Deloitte can take to encourage and inspire plant-based eating in the workplace. This blog explores those opportunities and the benefits of plant-based eating.
By Mark Green, Director Board Advisory
The NHS Long Term Plan (LTP) and the development of STPs, ICSs, ICPs and now PCNs (see Figure 1), not only makes for a mouthful of acronyms, but also raises the prospect of a governance headache. While the LTP requires every NHS organisation and their local partners to become part of a geographically-based ICS by April 2021, and recognises that it’s possible to implement the necessary changes without primary legislation, it also acknowledges that legislative change could make implementation easier and faster.1 However, there are currently limited signs of any primary legislation being introduced in the short to medium term to support and guide the shift in health and care policy.
By Elliot Birtwhistle, Deloitte Consulting
Genetic modification (GM) is the process of altering the genes of a living organism. The words invoke images of secret government labs and scientists in white hazmat suits that inject rodents with glowing liquid. The reality is somewhat more nuanced. Genetic modification either inserts a gene, or a small number of genes into a plant or animal – or ‘silences’ an existing gene(s) to produce a genetically modified organism. The applications are widespread and include medicines, consumer products and commercial agriculture. This week’s blog explores some of the issues surrounding GM foods.
By Karen Taylor and Pratik Avhad, Centre for Health Solutions
Two months ago, I participated in a Westminster Health Forum panel discussing Biologics and Biosimilars. My remit was to discuss the cost effectiveness of biosimilars and their contribution to value for money in pharma spending. This week’s blog shares the findings from the research we did for the presentation.
By Dr Christine Armistead and Gurminder Khaira
The combination of significant financial challenges, growing demand for services and major workforce shortages demands a different approach if the NHS is deliver the ambitions set out in the Long Term Plan (LTP). A key priority is the need to put the NHS back onto a sustainable financial footing. This includes major reforms to the NHS’ financial architecture, payment systems and incentives, and a requirement for the NHS to deliver cash-releasing productivity growth of at least 1.1 per cent a year.1
By Nahiyan Khan, Intern, Monitor Deloitte
My journey as an intern started back in December 2018, alone with my laptop and wavering confidence, fuelled by the daunting stories from my peers about the hundreds of internships they had applied to and the succession of rejections they seemed to get like some sort of corporate ‘tinder’. This, coupled with my third year dissertation constantly on my mind, meant that I didn’t have the most motivated mind set. Still, I remember deciding to apply to one last internship before retiring for the day - Monitor Deloitte. This choice came from a mixture of wanting to get an insight into what strategy consulting actually does, and hearing about Deloitte as a great place for a new graduate to start their career. First would come the immersive online assessment, followed by the job simulation and then, if successful, the final assessment (see Figure 1).