Politics post-election: Where is the government taking the NHS?

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Soon after the 2015 election, a flurry of announcements were made by the Department of Health and other national bodies. These included new measures on efficiency and cost reduction, the re-opening of 2015-16 plans, 7-day working, the new deal for primary care and more on devolution – to name but a few.

This breakfast session set out the key elements of the post-election blizzard and what it told us about the direction for the NHS, particularly around the balance between money and quality of care.

The debate focussed on your role as non-executive directors in steering the board towards key priority areas, including relationships across the system and holding the organisation to account on quality and finance agendas.


Richard Murray

Richard Murray joined The King's Fund as Director of Policy in January 2014.

He initially trained as an economist and spent five years in academia before joining the Department of Health as an economic adviser. Following this, he spent a period of four years as a health care specialist at McKinsey & Co.

In 2003 Richard returned to the Department of Health, where he undertook a number of roles including Senior Economic Adviser, Director of Strategy, Director of Financial Planning and Chief Analyst, and finally Director of Finance, Quality, Strategy and Analysis. In 2013 he moved to NHS England as Chief Analyst before leaving to join The King's Fund.

Lillie Wenzel

Lillie Wenzel joined The King's Fund as a Fellow in Health Policy in August 2014.

Before joining the Fund, Lillie spent several years working in the health team within PricewaterhouseCoopers’s advisory practice, where she supported NHS organisations on a wide range of assignments including public procurement projects, organisational and commercial change, and strategy development projects.

Lillie spent the last 18 months of her time with PwC on a secondment to the Department of Health's NHS Group where she worked on provider policy, with a particular focus on provider failure. During this time Lillie also provided support to Chris Ham and the expert panel on their review of staff engagement and empowerment in the NHS, which was published by the Fund in July 2014.