I had the privilege of working for the King's Fund during another period of significant transition (1978 - 98). Lynsey tells this history well but, if anything, underplays the significance of the transformation which the Fund leadership (in governance as well as in management) made in these early post-war years. Moving from funding improvements in London's voluntary hospitals to investing, not just in London, in developing the multi-professional leadership of the newly nationalised NHS was an outstandingly valuable change of direction: one which recognised that effective leadership and the quality of human resources were key to the success of the national health service in austere times. Perhaps we can still learn from these establishment innovators from 70 years past.
Very interesting article again Lynsey!