Building a better healthcare system

Sep 7, 2020

Policy Exchange is delighted to announce its upcoming programme in Health and Social Care.

The COVID-19 pandemic has provoked fundamental questions about our health and social care system.  Is the current NHS accountability structure the right one for responding to global pandemics? What is the most effective way of protecting and funding those requiring social care? How can we lock in the technological gains from the pandemic?  And how should we build hospitals that better serve the needs of the UK population in the 21st century?

Our Build Back Better Programme aims to provide the answers to these questions. Over the coming months we will be announcing a series of events, research projects and engagements with the health and social care community.  In all of our work we will seek to inform the policy debate by considering how to grasp this ‘critical moment’ in reassessing how the system can be placed on a sustainable footing for the decades ahead.

Specific projects include continuing our work around social care funding and a paper assessing the future for health improvement – which follows a speech by Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Health and Social Care Secretary, on the Future of Public Health, which was hosted by Policy Exchange in August.  The opportunities for cross-cutting Whitehall activity to improve the nation’s health were outlined in an op-ed this week by Richard Sloggett, Senior Fellow and former Special Adviser to the Secretary of State in The Times.

Policy Exchange formally re-launched its offering in Health and Social Care last year, and the Unit has since been strengthened by the arrival of Robert Ede, Senior Research Fellow.

If you represent a health or social care organisation and would be interested in learning more about how your organisation could become involved in the Build Back Better programme please email

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