Future Challenges for the NHS

Looking ahead to the next five years
The King's Fund

Event highlights

The NHS is facing the most significant financial challenge in its history. The confirmation that the health budget will increase in real terms over the course of the parliament is good news for the NHS, although this is unlikely to be enough to keep pace with demand for services and cost pressures.

This conference explored the implications of the changing policy and political environment and considered how a coalition government might deliver a more constructive approach for those working in the NHS and leading health care organisations.

Presentations and talks from the conference

Anna Dixon, Director of Policy at The King's Fund, reviews the achievements of the government and the NHS over the past 13 years.

Ben Page, Chief Executive at Ipsos MORI, explained how the public view the NHS and the election at the Future Challenges for the NHS conference.

Chris Ham, Chief Executive at The King's Fund, asks what the future holds for the coalition government and the NHS.

Chris Ham, Ben Page and Anna Dixon take questions from the floor at the Future Challenges for the NHS conference at The King's Fund.

We ask four health and social care experts what the incoming government means for the NHS and what should the government's first priority for the NHS be?

Candace Imison, Deputy Head of Policy at The King's Fund, blogs about the conference and how the government could respond to the health care issues that arose from it.



Opening session

  • Where is the NHS now?
    Dr Anna Dixon, Director of Policy, The King's Fund
  • Analysing the outcome of the general election
    Ben Page, Chief Executive, Ipsos MORI
  • Challenges for the NHS
    Professor Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King's Fund
  • Chair: Professor John Appleby, Chief Economist, The King's Fund

Session two: Expert panel

  • What does the incoming government mean for the NHS?
  • What should the government's first priority for the NHS be?

Panel members

  • Robert Creighton, Chief Executive, NHS Ealing
  • Professor Steve Field, Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Malcolm Lowe-Lauri, Chief Executive, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust 
  • Jeremy Taylor, Chief Executive, National Voices