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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...

10 January 2017

A critical makeover for pharmaceutical companies - how pharma can become fit for purpose

By Dr Myrto Lee Times are challenging for the pharmaceutical sector. Whether it be payers tightening up on costs, the pressure to adapt to and adopt new technologies, challenges to traditional pricing arrangements or the ever increasing regulatory maze, companies need to find new ways to organise themselves to ensure...

07 December 2016

AAR: moving beyond the vision

By Dr Myrto Lee As we covered in our recent blog, the awaited publication of the final report of the Accelerated Access Review (AAR) sets out a bold vision to drive the development and uptake of innovative medicines and health technologies in the UK. By setting out the conditions in...

01 December 2016

What’s the role of NEDs in the emerging health landscape?

By Mike Farrar As individual NHS organisations wrestle with the conundrum of trying to operate in whole systems for the greater good, while having to protect and then defend their narrower organisational interests to regulators, the task of NEDs is becoming ever more challenging. Indeed, it’s a role which tests...

23 November 2016

Health and social care: The Autumn Statement’s great unsaid

By Quentin Cole Despite calls from across the board for additional funding for health and social care, the Chancellor’s last Autumn Statement had nothing new to offer the NHS. With just a reiteration of the £10 billion to support the Five Year Forward View, the service faces another winter under...

16 November 2016

What is blockchain and what can it do for you?

By Jonathon Marshall Imagine a world where patients, hospitals and pharma companies have a lasting and tamper-proof way to share information, secure in the knowledge that identity is known and the what and the why of the record is complete. Imagine a world where patients are warned they might fall...

04 November 2016

AMR action: Generations not years

By Jo Pisani and Rachel Armstrong Yesterday a significant conference brought together the key UK players who are involved in tackling the critical issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The fact that such an event is taking place reflects the urgency that is now being attributed to this issue. In the...

03 November 2016

Redrawing the health and social care architecture

By David Morris The NHS is rightly a source of national pride in the UK. But the service today is under significant financial and demand pressures. These pressures only look set to increase and the demands on the service and on social care services provided by local councils mean we...

02 November 2016

Where next for the Accelerated Access Review?

By Dr Myrto Lee and David Weston, Strategy & At the heart of the Accelerated Access Review, an independent review on behalf of the UK Department of Health and supported by the Wellcome Trust, is a simple vision: “Getting the best technologies to patients more quickly and more cheaply, in...

23 October 2016

Solving Bed Blocking in the NHS

By Karen Finlayson Delayed transfers of care hit the highest level in August since monthly data started to be collected six years ago, the HSJ recently reported, with 6,448 patients measured as delayed. This is a serious problem in the NHS that needs to be addressed. Bed blocking is a...

10 October 2016

Transparency in the pharmaceutical sector – where next?

By Dr Myrto Lee, Director, Strategy& Within all sectors of the economy transparency is on the increase. Whether it be directors’ pay or patients choosing hospitals, the directional trend is very clear. Within the pharma sector itself there are already strong moves to increase transparency around clinical trials, reporting of...

04 October 2016

How can trusts with financial challenges turn up the pace of technological change?

By Janahan Tharmaratnam The Wachter Review is a breath of fresh air for the National Health Service. For most industries technology is a staple board level discussion topic, seen as core to the delivery of the overall business strategy. However, this is currently not the case within the NHS -...

22 September 2016

Tackling AMR needs concerted action to break down barriers

By Jo Pisani It is very welcome news that the international community through the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has recognised the urgent need for concerted global action around the steep rise in drug-resistant bacteria. By 2050, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) could claim an additional 10 million lives a year internationally...

19 September 2016

Are you on top of your cyber risks?

By Andi Scott Consider these three facts. First, personal healthcare records are 10 times more valuable than financial data when sold on the ‘dark web’. Second, cyber security budgets remain severely constrained across health, especially within the NHS. And third, our Global State of Information Security Survey 2016 highlighted that...

30 August 2016

Tomorrow's healthcare today: digital webcast series

By Quentin Cole Our recent World in Beta campaign discussed a number of disrupting technologies and innovations changing the health sector. To continue sharing our thoughts on the new health landscape the PwC UK Health Industries team is launching a digital webcast series. This live webcast series will explore in...