Quality in a Cold Climate

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The NHS is facing the biggest financial challenge in its history. Our Quality in a Cold Climate project aimed to support the NHS in delivering productivity improvements required to meet this challenge.

Find out more about this programme

Project team

The key staff responsible for Quality in a Cold Climate are:

  • Mark Jennings, Director of Health Care Improvement
  • Candace Imison, Deputy Director of Policy
  • Professor John Appleby, Chief Economist
  • Chris Ham, Chief Executive
  • Patrick South, Head of Press and Public Affairs
  • Martin Land, Associate, Leadership Development
  • Liz Thiebe, Acting Director of Leadership

The King's Fund has also recruited a virtual reference group comprising a range of NHS leaders who are tackling the financial and quality challenges in their local areas. The group will help to shape and inform priorities for the programme and act as a sounding board to test our approach, analysis and outputs.

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