Notes to editors
1. For further information, interviews or a copy of the report, please contact the King's Fund media and public relations office on 020 7307 2585, 020 7307 2632 or 020 7307 2581. For out-of-hours enquiries, please contact 07831 554927 or 07774 2128439. An ISDN line is available for interviews on 020 7637 0185.
2. NHS Market Futures: Exploring the impact of health service reforms, by Richard Lewis and Jennifer Dixon, is free to download from our website.
3. The King's Fund will host the following breakfast debates throughout the Autumn as part of the NHS Market Futures programme:
Breakfast discussion I – Tuesday 18 October 2005
What is the role of regulation in the new NHS market?
The role of regulation in a market with a variety of health care providers is likely to be different from the current system. Anticipating further changes, we will be both asking how best to combine economic and quality regulation, and whether the new market can be managed to avoid major organisational failures, and reviewing the roles of the various organisations involved. Speakers will be:
- Nigel Edwards, Director of Policy, NHS Confederation
- Jennifer Dixon, Director of Policy, King's Fund
- Final speaker to be confirmed.
Breakfast discussion II – Wednesday 16 November 2005
Can choice transform commissioning and primary care?
Already the subject of a quiet revolution with the ending of the GP monopoly of provision and the introduction of new services such as NHS Direct, primary care is poised for further radical change. Central guidance on reforming the structure and roles of primary care trusts and enabling competition between primary care providers was issued this summer, and the white paper on out-of-hospital care is expected at the turn of the year. But how can commissioning be strengthened, and what role will competition play? Speakers will be:
- Paul Corrigan, Professor in Public Policy, London Metropolitan University
- Dr Kambiz Boomla, East London Integrated Care
- Richard Lewis, Fellow in Health Policy, King's Fund.
Breakfast discussion III – Wednesday 7 December 2005
Incentives and reform in the NHS – does it all add up?
While the current and planned incentives to maximise productivity and reduce waiting times may be appropriate for elective care, they may be less useful or even harmful for emergency care and services involving patients with long-term conditions. Here, avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions may be a more appropriate aim. In this event we will discuss how to design appropriate incentives for different parts of the health care system. Speakers will be:
- Dr Michael Walsh, Chief Executive of South East London Strategic Health Authority
- Dr Keith Palmer, Senior Associate, King's Fund and Non-Executive Director of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
- Rebecca Rosen, Fellow in Health Policy, King's Fund.
4. 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 funding. We are a major resource to people working in health, offering leadership development programmes; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.