The NHS at 70: perceptions of the NHS

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At this event, the King's Fund Information and Knowledge Service explored the changing perceptions of the NHS. From its foundation in 1948 to the present day, this free evening event discussed the public's relationship with the NHS and how it has evolved over time. 


Registration, exhibition and networking

A history of popular perceptions of the NHS

Mathew Thomson, Professor of History at the University of Warwick

Looking back at the origins of the NHS, Mathew will consider how public perceptions of the NHS have changed over 70 years; why this is the case, and what implications this has for our thinking about the service today. He'll draw on research on the cultural history of the NHS (supported by the Wellcome Trust) and on surveys of public opinion, press coverage and popular culture.

NHS at 70: the story of our lives

Dr Stephanie Snow, Project Director and Wellcome Trust University Award Holder, University of Manchester

NHS at 70 is a national, voluntary programme of work, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which collect stories from patients, staff and the public across the 70-year history of the NHS. Stephanie will explore the challenges of creating a shared, multi-layered history that helps us understand our own experiences and connects different generations, and the meaning and value of the NHS.

The relationship between the NHS and the public

Dan Wellings, Senior Fellow, The King's Fund

The King’s Fund has been exploring how the public views its relationship with the NHS. Dan will discuss the findings of his deliberative work with Ipsos MORI, and ask what this relationship might look like in the future.

This will be followed by a panel discussion and a chance for questions.

Drinks reception and exhibition

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