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Why an NHS Kitemark for health apps is good for doctors and patients

Why an NHS Kitemark for health apps is good for doctors and patients

Following the NHS’s plans to introduce a ‘kitemark’ for health apps, Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy, argues that the commitment to adopting a medically rigorous approach to health apps may help convince patients that technology and data are the friend and not the foe of better healthcare.

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

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.

Chris Walker: How to free housing associations to build more homes

Chris Walker: How to free housing associations to build more homes

To mark the release of our latest report, Freeing Housing Associations, Chris Walker, Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing and Planning, sets out how numerous rules and regulations are hindering housing associations from doubling the number of new homes they build each year from 50,000 to 100,000.

Are elected mayors enough to deliver the Northern Powerhouse?

Are elected mayors enough to deliver the Northern Powerhouse?

Following his appearance at the Northern Futures summit, Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy, asks whether elected mayors will be enough to revitalise the North’s cities by themselves. Eddie highlights three areas that will need to be addressed alongside mayors to bring about a Northern powerhouse: transport, cooperation and tax.

Elected Mayors: What could this mean for Police and Crime Commissioners?

Elected Mayors: What could this mean for Police and Crime Commissioners?

This week, the Chancellor announced new plans to introduce a directly elected Mayor for Greater Manchester, who will preside over a range of issues including transport, social care, housing and policing. In light of the announcement, Charlotte McLeod, Policy Exchange’s Crime & Justice Research Fellow considers what the future has in store for Police and Crime Commissioners.

A tale of two education announcements

A tale of two education announcements

Policy Exchange’s Head of Education, Jonathan Simons, contrasts recent announcements on education policy from the Labour and Conservative Parties. Jonathan sets out how the varied reactions to these announcements provide an interesting illustration as to the current state of education political communications.

It is time for more radical ideas to make welfare fit for purpose

It is time for more radical ideas to make welfare fit for purpose

Policy Exchange’s Head of Economic and Social Policy, Steve Hughes, outlines the thinking behind our recently published report Making Contributions Count. The report calls for the next government to legislate for a new welfare system that establishes a clear link between contribution and benefits, and argues that only then will public trust in the benefits system be restored.

Getting the long-term unemployed back to work under Universal Credit

Getting the long-term unemployed back to work under Universal Credit

Ed Holmes, Senior Research Consultant for Economics at Policy Exchange, calls on the government to seize the moment in tackling problems in the otherwise successful Work Programme. He sets our recommendations from his recent report Work 2.0 to ensure that the Work Programme works hand-in-hand with Universal Credit, building a more personally tailored employment system and helping getting claimants into ‘mini-jobs’ and building skills.

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