HEDS is part of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. We undertake research, teaching, training and consultancy on all aspects of health related decision science, with a particular emphasis on health economics, HTA and evidence synthesis.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Reform strategies for the NHS: effective or cosmetic cladding? - Dr Jennifer Dixon CBE Guest Pemberton Lecture recording.

Dr Jennifer Dixon CBE delivered the latest ScHARR Pemberton Lecture with the title: 
Reform strategies for the NHS: effective or cosmetic cladding. The recording of the lecture can be viewed here.

The NHS is the largest, highest profile, most complex and risky industry in Europe, in England alone spending £124bn this year, employing over 1m staff and providing care for the majority of the population every year. As is the case across OECD countries, health care costs outstrip GDP growth, and so the search for effective reform is constant. The suite of reforms has changed over the years – how and what has made a difference? How does the current strategy stack up, and are there gaps if the NHS is to make progress faster? How can we tell? And if there were a moratorium on all national policy for 3 years, would patients notice any difference to care? In this lecture, Jennifer draws on her experience from academe, medicine, policy analysis, and the wide portfolio of activities by the Health Foundation to prompt discussion on how progress in the NHS might be optimised. Dr Jennifer Dixon is Chief Executive of the Health Foundation.