Where next for quality and strategy?

The view from the centre
The King's Fund
Event type: 
Board Leadership Programme

About this event

Following the publication of the second report by Sir Robert Francis QC, Mary Agnew attended the board leadership programme and discussed the Department of Health's response to the report. Since then, Sir Bruce Keogh has reported on his review of the quality of care and treatment in hospitals. Mary Agnew and Anna Dixon will talk about the Department's strategy, what they see as the priorities for quality and the role of leaders and boards in relation to these.

The speakers

Anna Dixon

Anna Dixon is Director of Strategy and Quality, and Chief Analyst at the Department of Health England.

Anna began her career with the World Health Organisation working as a research officer for the European Observatory on Health Care Systems. During 2003/04, she worked as a policy analyst in the Department of Health Strategy Unit where she focused on a range of issues including choice, global health and public health. She has undertaken consultancy work for a range of clients, including OECD, Monitor, Care Quality Commission, and the Treasury as well as advising numerous ministeries of health, including Hong Kong, Portugal and the UK government.

Anna was previously lecturer in European Health Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2005/06 she was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in Health Policy by the Commonwealth Fund of New York.

Before joining the Department of Health, Anna was Director of Policy at The King's Fund where she led work on health system reforms, regulation, patient choice, self-management of long-term conditions and the future of health and social care in England.

She has a PhD in social policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE Health.

Mary Agnew

Mary Agnew is Deputy Director of the Department of Health team set up to respond to the Francis Inquiry. She has previously worked in the Department's strategy group, led development of the stroke strategy, worked in the No.10 policy team and in developing Every Child Matters.