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    Power to the patient

    Designing the NHS around the patient, providing more patient choice and control.

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  • Sean Worth on Sky News

    Sean Worth, Head of Policy Exchange's Better Public Services Project, appears on Sky News' Thinking Aloud show to discuss what's next for the NHS with Dr Jacky Davis. Sean called for the government to tackle vested interests blocking reform of the NHS and for patients to be given greater choice of their healthcare providers.

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    Sean Worth on Sky News
  • Jeremy Hunt on creating a digital NHS

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt set out a strategy for using new technologies to improve NHS services, including allowing patients online access to health records by March 2015, the NHS going paperless by 2018 and launching new research that shows how this new approach will improve patient care, reduce paperwork, and save the NHS billions.

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    Jeremy Hunt speech
  • Using Health Data to Develop Better Treatments

    Tim Kelsey, the NHS's National Director for Patients and Information, spoke on how better use of medical data has the potential to improve health, and will discuss ways medicine can become increasingly personalised. His speech was followed by a response from Rohan Silva, Senior Adviser on Policy to the Prime Minister.

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    NHS data
  • All Together Now

    Competitive integration in the NHS

    Perverse incentives in NHS funding structures have greatly increased the number of unnecessary admissions to hospitals over the last ten years by failing to encourage GPs and consultants to work together in the best interests of the patient. This report makes recommendations for encouraging health professionals to work together.

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    Integrated Care

Latest Health in the news

  • 21 November 2014 | The English reformation

    • The Economist cites Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, commenting on proposed changes to NHS primary care from NHS boss Simon Stevens. Whilst the plan does not explicitly mention it, Thomas points out that many of its ambitions can only be achieved through greater use of privatisation.

  • 28 November 2013 | Cigarettes WILL be sold in plain packets: Cameron's embarrassing double U-turn to defuse row over tobacco lobby

    • Following the announcement that the Government will go ahead will plans to sell cigarettes in plain packing, The Daily Mail highlights findings from Policty Exchange's 2010 report Cough Up which found that smoking costs society £14billion each year.

Latest Health Publications

  • 01 November 2012 | All Together Now: Competitive integration in the NHS

    • Perverse incentives in NHS funding structures have greatly increased the number of unnecessary admissions to hospitals over the last ten years by failing to encourage GPs and consultants to work together in the best interests of the patient. The NHS pay and performance system needs to move away from considering each of their professional groups as an isolated case and encourage them to work together.

  • 04 April 2011 | Implementing GP Commissioning

    • Implementing GP Commissioning suggests that the Health and Social Care Bill’s proposals to abolish every Primary Care Trust (PCT) by 2013 could lead to the new structure replicating the existing system in all but name. The report says that by slowing down the proposed reforms, the potential to deliver real and lasting transformation in the NHS is enormous.

Latest Health Blogs

  • 19 November 2014 | Specialisation and technology can transform the modern day GP surgery

    • Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, argues that technology and stratification are the key to improving general practice. Allowing patients to hold their records and interact with medical professional online could reduce the need for face-to-face appointments. And GPs should stop trying to be all things to all people and specialise instead - the needs of young working age people are quite different from elderly people with chronic illness.

  • 14 November 2014 | Ministers and policymakers have accepted that “one size fits all” is no longer suitable in today’s NHS

    • Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, sets out why a national approach may not be the most effective way to deliver coordinated health and care services. In a system based on local innovation, and local leadership and ownership of change, Ministers and policymakers need to accept that "one size fits all" is no longer suitable in today's NHS. 

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