Notes to editors
- For further information or interviews, please contact The King’s Fund press office on 020 7307 2585, 020 7307 2632 or 020 7307 2581. An ISDN line is available for interviews on 020 7637 0185. Copies of both reports are available on request.
- Technology in the NHS: Transforming the patient’s experience of carewas commissioned by The King’s Fund from a team of consultants from ?What If!, with expert advice from Alasdair Liddell, who is an associate of ?What If! and a senior associate at The King’s Fund, and invaluable support from NHS Direct. The report is based on a literature review; interviews with health, technology and futures experts; and a workshop with technology suppliers, clinicians and patient groups.
- ?What If! is the world’s largest independent innovation company. The global team of 300 innovators work with many of the world’s admired companies and government departments to innovate their people, products and services. ?What If! clients include AstraZeneca, Unilever, Channel 4, SK Telecoms, Coca-Cola Company, Samsung, Yahoo Cadbury Schweppes, Abbott, Shell, Nokia, BT, British Gas Business, The United Nations, Johnson & Johnson, Emap, Coors Brewers, Sainsbury’s, Boots and many UK government departments. For more information on ?What If! please contact Sejal Parekh, Head of External Communications, on 0207 535 8745 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- For the last ten years NHS Direct has delivered 24-hour health advice and information through a range of innovative technologies. NHS Direct has developed a national ICT infrastructure from which to deliver its 0845 4647 telephone advice and information service. Its website receives over 3 million visits each month. NHS Direct was the first public sector or healthcare service to embrace interactive digital TV technology with services now available on both Sky and Freeview.
- Engaging Patients in Their Health: How the NHS needs to change, edited by Anna Dixon, is the result of a summit The King’s Fund hosted with the Leeds Castle Foundation in May 2007 to raise awareness of the challenges for the NHS and the government in achieving the fully engaged scenario outlined by Sir Derek Wanless in his 2002 report for HM Treasury on how to secure good health. The summit heard from experts in health, economics, government and patient relations and explored the concept of the patient as a consumer, the use of technology and promoting healthy citizenship.
- The King’s Fund seeks to understand how the health system in England can be improved. Using that insight, we help to shape policy, transform services and bring about behaviour change. Our work includes research, analysis, leadership development and service improvement. We also offer a wide range of resources to help everyone working in health to share knowledge, learning and ideas.