Chris Ham: reforming the NHS - lessons from the past and pointers to the future
Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King's Fund, gives an overview and summary of our new report, Reforming the NHS from within, drawing on evidence and examples from overseas to address the processes of reforming and improving the NHS.
Stephen Dorrell: the relationship between politicians and the NHS
The RT Hon Stephen Dorrell MP talks about the challenges of NHS reform – which he defines as not about changing structures but about ensuring the service delivered reflects the needs of patients and service users.
Ara Darzi: what we have learnt from previous approaches to NHS reform?
Professor The Lord Darzi, Chair of Surgery, Imperial College London, looks back at previous NHS reform efforts and explains that, while they were not necessarily unsuccessful, we now face a new set of challenges and need a different approach to tackle them.
Our report, Reforming the NHS from within, challenges the dominant approaches to NHS reform over the last 20 years. It draws on experience from high performing organisations here and abroad to analyse how best to meet the challenges facing the NHS. Rejecting top down approaches to change, it makes the case for ‘reform from within’: investing in staff, encouraging innovation and establishing the continuity of leadership needed to develop new models of care.
With less than a year to go until the next general election, this event provided an opportunity to discuss the report and debate how the next government should approach NHS reform.