Notes to editors
1. The King's Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. We carry out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on our own, in partnerships, and through grants. We are a major resource to people working in health, offering leadership and education courses; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.
2. Prevention Rather Than Cure: Making the case for choosing health, by Anna Coote, is available priced £6.50 from the King's Fund on 020 7307 2591, or by visiting our online bookshop.
3. The report marks the launch of a new programme of work at The King's Fund, Putting Health First: Changing attitudes, policy and behaviour. This programme involves research projects, development activities and events, including:
- Understanding public attitudes With support from the Health Development Agency, we have commissioned new research from Opinion Leader Research to find out what people think about health, as distinct from health services (findings May 2004)
- Devolved government The health and health care systems of the four countries of the UK are becoming more divergent. We have commissioned research to explore these differences, with the aim of learning what the different systems can learn from each other in terms of health improvement. (paper May 2004).
- A new type of local health organisation Working with the University of Warwick, we will explore options for a new type of local health organisation - different from a conventional GP surgery - that provides individuals with appropriate knowledge and expertise on how to stay well, offering access to treatment as an additional role.
- Incentives and regulation We have commissioned David Hunter, professor of health policy at Durham University, to look at how incentives within the health sector might be realigned to produce a stronger focus on keeping people well. He will also examine the impact of regulatory bodies (paper November 2004).
- Local leadership for health Examination of the role of the health commissioner in Baltimore in the United States. We will examine this and other models for local leadership, such as 'health mayors' in other EU countries.
4. The discussion paper will be launched at a breakfast discussion to be held at the King's Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0AN, between 8.15am and 10am on Thursday, 18 March. Speakers include King's Fund health policy director Anna Coote, Health Development Agency chair Dame Yve Buckland, while Lord Hunt of King's Heath will chair. Nigel Jackson and Deborah Mattinson from Opinion Leader Research will give a summary of early findings from King's Fund commissioned research into public attitudes towards health, as distinct from health services.
For further information, interviews with the author, review copies of the discussion paper or media passes to the breakfast discussion, please contact Daniel Reynolds in The King's Fund media and public relations office on 020 7307 2581 or 07831 554927, or Michael Moruzzi on 020 7307 2585.