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31 August 2017

Life Sciences Industrial Strategy: revitalise and grow the UK Life Sciences Industry

By Jo Pisani The UK Life Sciences strategy published today has the potential to revitalise and grow the UK Life Sciences industry with focused initiatives, that if executed effectively offers continued economic growth and improved health outcomes for UK patients. The UK government is to invest more than £140 million...

15 August 2017

Improving access to medicines could create thousands of jobs

By Jo Pisani and Rachel Armstrong PwC Strategy& analysis for Pfizer The UK has a vibrant pharmaceutical and life sciences sector which makes a significant contribution to the overall health and wealth of the nation. The UK industry is responsible for discovering and developing many of the world’s medicines, is...

07 August 2017

The importance of strong financial governance in the NHS: questions to consider

By Joanna Watson, Matthew Plummer, Matthew Elmer As providers and commissioners’ financial positions have deteriorated over the last 12 to 18 months, we have seen an ever-increasing focus on financial governance and leadership. Sudden changes in the financial position of trusts and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) cause significant concerns for...

25 July 2017

Considering becoming an NHS NED or just joined? 10 things to consider...

By Quentin Cole The NHS remains a challenging sector in which to work. Financially constrained with increasing demand but with huge opportunity to bring in new levels of cooperation through place based care and innovative technology enabled care. NHS non-executive directors can play a key role in the drive for...

10 July 2017

How can technology drive transformation in healthcare?

By Janahan Tharmaratnam Following the election the country is facing a period of uncertainty. But for those in the health sector the situation hasn’t changed - the struggle to find ways to meet the daily demands of the service alongside the need to make significant transformational change still dominates. But,...

03 July 2017

Five levers to improve supply chain management

By Johnathon Marshall For local healthcare leaders the choices are becoming harder and harder as they have to decide how to prioritise their finite resources and are struggling to guarantee safety and quality of care. The system needs significant transformation to address these challenges so that resources can be freed...

14 June 2017

Beyond the polls: what’s the patients’ view on priorities for the Health Secretary?

By Quentin Cole You may feel that you have just made a tough choice at the ballot box. The reality is, for those working in the NHS, tough choices are part and parcel of a day job which is tiring but inspiring. Healthcare isn’t standing still - new breakthroughs, new...

15 May 2017

NHS cyber attacks – preventing and handling ransomware

As widely reported in the media, there has been a significant wave of ransomware attacks against a large number of NHS bodies and their access to data held on computer systems. NHS Digital has stated that it is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health...

11 April 2017

Are people ready to embrace artificial intelligence and robotics in healthcare?

By Brian Pomering The population of the UK is the least willing among 12 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to consider using artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics as alternatives to traditional healthcare channels. That’s the finding of research that PwC commissioned to look into global variations in...

22 March 2017

Decentralisation and public health: inspiration from Sweden

By Rose Taylor and Peter Hawkings Last autumn, Västerås Hospital and Västmanland County Council, from Sweden, visited PwC and a UK teaching hospital on an international study tour. This was an opportunity to compare the two healthcare systems. Sweden has impressive health outcomes - the eighth highest life expectancy and...

16 March 2017

Estonia prescribes blockchain for healthcare data security

By Johnathon Marshall Estonia has long been known as one of the most digitally advanced countries in Europe. And now its government is putting ground-breaking blockchain technology to use in securing its citizens’ medical data. The country’s eHealth Authority has signed a deal with Guardtime, a blockchain pioneer, to secure...

08 March 2017

Budget 2017: what does the Chancellor’s announcement mean for the health of the NHS?

By Quentin Cole Today’s Budget showed signs that more is needed beyond efficiency savings, in health and social care. Recent weeks have seen repeated calls for further funding for health and social care. While the £2 billion injection of cash over the next three years announced today for social care...

Resilience, confidence & learning: One woman's journey into leadership

By Karen Finlayson On International Women’s Day Karen Finlayson, one of PwC’s most senior women working in health, reflects on her journey into leadership. I choose to work in the health industry because I care about the health and care provided to people in this country. My mum and both...

02 March 2017

What impact does Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences have on the UK economy?

By Jo Pisani, Mark Ambler and Richard Snook Life Sciences is a critical industry for the UK which brings life-saving and life-enhancing medicines to patients. The UK has a strong scientific community and a proven track-record of developing innovative new treatments and medical technologies. It has all the ingredients needed...

13 February 2017

8 steps to get whole system working ...working!

By Yvonne Mowlds With shifting demographics, growing demand and significant financial pressures facing the NHS, there is an increasing move towards integrated care and whole system working. New models of care are being developed which are focused on better outcomes delivered at lower cost, across an integrated system. Whilst the...

08 February 2017

Consumers bring retail sensibility to healthcare choices

By Reena Virdee Patients no longer simply accept the health services available from traditional providers. PwC’s recent consumer research shows that people are now increasingly willing to use a variety of technologies to take responsibility for, manage and improve their health. These trends are likely to be highly influential in...

06 February 2017

Tax changes ahead - Be prepared

By Mike Perkins, Tax Director The finances of the NHS have never been under greater scrutiny. In particular, hospitals are experiencing serious cash flow issues and many are facing huge deficits. Pressures of an increased elderly population living longer and with more chronic disease is, of course, a big factor...

02 February 2017

System design: How can NEDs play their role?

By Mike Farrar As we move to implement the Five Year Forward View and, in particular, the shift towards population based budgets and the NHS version of accountable care, there is a temptation to believe that these changes are simply focused on providers and integrating primary, community, social, mental health...

24 January 2017

A healthy system: what’s the patients’ view on dealing with NHS cost pressures?

By Quentin Cole This January, the financial and demand pressures that NHS is facing have made many a newspaper headline. This is set to continue for the long haul, as the need for health services grows significantly and patterns of need change, as the population ages, on the one hand,...

Squaring the circle: Confronting the crisis in elderly care

By Jonathan Williams and Reena Virdee No-one who reads the newspapers can be in any doubt: there’s a developing crisis in the UK’s elderly care system. The proportion of the population aged over 80 is growing fast, and the demand for care isn’t just rising, it’s changing, and radically. The...