37 posts categorised "Healthcare"

13 December 2017

Twelve stocking fillers for Christmas

By Tina Hallett It’s been a year of political change and uncertainty, at home and abroad. Brexit has dominated the headlines and, with the recent agreement on Phase 1, some may now be peering into 2018 tentatively seeking to understand, what next? But Brexit is only one of many things...

23 November 2017

Budget 2017 - What has the Chancellor done for public services?

By Nick C Jones Nick C Jones blogs on the Autumn Budget 2017 and considers what it means for the public sector. This Budget provided an opportunity for the government to deliver a boost to the economy and living standards while setting the UK’s future course as we get ready...

08 November 2017

Unleashing the potential of cities to deliver good, inclusive growth

By Paul Terrington When the Government makes a public commitment to deliver an “economy that works for all”, we need new ways to measure the new successes it should deliver - something we have long recognised in our Demos-PwC Good Growth for Cities Index. So what does our latest research...

06 April 2017

What will the ‘rise of the robots’ mean for public sector jobs?

By Tina Hallett and John Hawksworth The potential for job losses due to advances in technology is not a new phenomenon. Many will recall from school days learning about the Luddites in the first Industrial Revolution. But while many advances in the past have replaced muscle power, the new wave...

14 March 2017

Where next for health and social care devolution?

By Ali Breadon, Midlands Government and Public Sector Lead While the Spring Budget’s injection of £2 billion for social care over the next three years will be welcome, the reality is that it is not a substitute for the long-term solution to the huge pressures that services face. PwC's research...

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...

21 July 2016

The NHS - embracing best practice in good financial management

By David Morris The NHS is an institution we should all be proud of. Day in, day out, 1.7 million staff provide world-leading care to a fast-growing population with ever more complex challenges and higher expectations. But the NHS delivers its services with a budget of 0.4% of GDP less...

20 July 2016

What next for the NHS?

By Quentin Cole As Jeremy Hunt returns to his desk, Quentin Cole, PwC Health Industries Leader, reflects on the key issues facing the Health Secretary. Jeremy Hunt has been running the NHS for four years now. He knows the Service inside out. There are many great things happening in the...

06 June 2016

Delayed Transfers of Care – Who’s to blame?

By Tim Gold and Mike Farrar The answer of course, is no one individually. For too long however, the management of Delayed Transfer of Care (DTOC) or bed-blocking has been an organisational blame game, stifling the system response required. The DTOC challenge has never been greater. The National Audit Office...

24 May 2016

Non Executive Directors: the NHS unsung and unsupported heroes...

By Mike Farrar Talk to any NED in the NHS and you will hear a similar story - "we are doing this to contribute something to the NHS, in which we passionately believe; we are committed to improving patient care, we are more than prepared to be held to account...

01 April 2016

A starter for Carter

By Brian Pomering The long-awaited Carter Review has been well received but the emphasis now has to shift to implementation. Has the NHS got the capabilities it needs to get Carter done? The Carter report started as a piece of gap analysis: how can the NHS bridge the gap between...

21 March 2016

Healthcare's workforce challenge: the inevitability of workforce demand and the difficulty of affordable supply

By Mike Farrar In PwC’s recently published UK Economic Outlook, March 2016, we projected that, as we look forward to 2025, there is likely to be a continuation of relatively strong growth of jobs in the health and education sectors. This refers to the total number of jobs in both...

16 March 2016

The outlook is far from rosy inside the ring-fence: Budget 2016 and NHS finances

By Quentin Cole With the ring-fence still firmly intact, there were no great expectations for the health sector from this week’s Budget. While the longer term health challenges the population is facing were acknowledged through the attempt to tackle child obesity through a sugar levy, with NHS finances continuing to...

10 March 2016

Does the Cumberlege review into maternity services address the right questions?

By Zoe Watters Baroness Cumberlege recently published her long awaited review into NHS maternity services. The review called for greater choice and better quality maternity services, echoing the previous NAO review, so what progress has been made in improving maternity services and outcomes? Unfortunately, not much it would seem. Both...

02 March 2016

Chain reaction: are hospital chains a sustainable NHS delivery model?

What role could hospital chains potentially play in the NHS? Our report draws on the experience of chains in Germany to explore the potential for the chain model in the NHS.

22 February 2016

Is the NHS finally ready to behave 'mindfully'?

By Mike Farrar The recent taskforce report and media coverage on mental health services has again highlighted the disparity between how, as a country and a service, we view and treat mental health compared to physical health. Once again, mental health has emerged as the poor relation, with three quarters...

27 November 2015

Spending review provides breathing space for the NHS

By Alan Milburn George Osborne came up trumps this week for the NHS. The demands on him to make spending commitments in his Autumn Statement outweighed the resources he had at his disposal. Under pressure on all sides – not least to please the House of Lords on tax credits,...

26 November 2015

Will the social care precept be enough for the care sector?

By Andrew McKechnie The Chancellor announced yesterday that local authorities will be allowed to raise council tax by up to 2%, as long as additional funds raised are used to fund adult social care. With the social care sector facing unprecedented financial pressures, are his plans enough to stabilise the...

25 November 2015

The Spending Review's deal for health

By Quentin Cole The goal of a modern, integrated health and social care system that delivers for people throughout their lives was the Chancellor’s top priority as he set out his Spending Review and Autumn Statement today. He largely met his challenge of providing both short term stability for the...

09 October 2015

Weathering the storm: time for brave Trusts to do brave things

By Sarah Horsfield and Dan Caines During the past five years, commentators and politicians have forecast an 'oncoming storm' that would see the finances of NHS providers deteriorate. Given the NHS provider sector reported an in-year deficit of £822 million in 2014/15, with foundation trusts ending the year in the...

08 June 2015

Transformational leadership for challenging times: aligning strategy, culture and behaviours in the NHS

By Raj Bhamber Megatrends are driving change across industries and globally, and the NHS is no exception. The focus at the NHS Confederation conference last week was the growing pressures on the health service, with leaders setting out the challenges ahead and the scale of transformation needed. With workforce central...

14 April 2015

Transforming health and social care in the Midlands: next steps on integration

By Andy Ford & Mike Wallace The devolution of Greater Manchester’s £6bn health and social care budget has re-ignited the debate on integrated care. However, integration alone will not lead to the transformational change that’s needed in our health and care services. We recently hosted chief executives from four local...

30 March 2015

Starting with what already works: shaping an enabling culture in the NHS

By Raj Bhamber and Dame Carol Black The Five Year Forward View should shape a culture that appreciates what works, says Dame Carol Black and Raj Bhamber The media spotlight on the NHS Five Year Forward View when published in October brought a welcome cheer. Too often the NHS has...

11 March 2015

Pharma in 2015 and beyond: Challenges for the next government

By Jo Pisani and Rachel Armstrong As the challenges facing the health sector grow, achieving positive health and economic outcomes in the UK requires strategic partnership working across government, the NHS and Pharmaceutical and Lifesciences (PLS)industry. In the run-up to the 2015 general election, we highlight three areas for immediate...

27 February 2015

We need new ways of addressing antimicrobial resistance

By Jo Pisani & Alan Milburn It’s a global problem that could claim an additional 10 million lives a year, and the NHS and pharma need to work together to tackle it, say Jo Pisani and Alan Milburn. The UK is ill-equipped to respond to increasing resistance to antibiotics, which...

25 February 2015

Great expectations for Manchester’s health deal

By Dr Tim Wilson & Jonathan House The expected devolution of Greater Manchester’s £6bn health and social care budget builds on the city-region’s impressive record on collaborative working across the public sector. While the detail is yet to be set out, there is huge potential for Greater Manchester to take...

02 February 2015

The key to unlocking new models of integrated care

By Mike Farrar and Dr Tim Wilson Follow @drtimwilson Many technical and contractual questions need to be answered about new models of care to win over GPs, say Mike Farrar and Tim Wilson Many column inches, in HSJ and elsewhere, have outlined the growing, and now urgent, need to reform...

19 December 2014

First steps for multispecialty community providers

By Kalee Talvitie-Brown With primary care in the UK under pressure and recognition that the current approach to general practice has reached its limits, the announcement in the Five Year Forward View of the Multispecialty Community Provider (MCP) model has received positive attention. In early December, we convened a group...

10 December 2014

Driving forward the Five-Year View: supporting providers to deliver new models of care

By Tom Hampshire Are providers ready for a new NHS where they will be expected to collaborate, integrate care and accept population demand risk? Following the publication of the Five Year Forward View, along with Alan Milburn and Mike Farrar we convened a group of NHS hospital provider CEOs who...

01 December 2014

Delivering new models of care: a recipe to avoid failure

By Mike Farrar and Tom Hampshire Transformational change often falls at the first hurdle, but it doesn’t have to if policy flexibilities, organisational capabilities and leadership behaviours are addressed, write Mike Farrar and Tom Hampshire As the NHS responds to the opportunities outlined in the five year forward view, a...

23 October 2014

The Five Year Forward View: a new era for the NHS?

By Dean Arnold and Tim Wilson Today’s announcement of the NHS Five Year Forward View signals the boldest change to the NHS since 1948. If adopted it will not only fundamentally transform the way care is delivered but also radically change our approach to prevention and wellness. Too often the...

14 October 2014

2015 and beyond: time for bold thinking on the NHS

By Mehvash Noor-Jeelani and Richard Booth Ahead of next May’s general election, the future of the NHS will be one of the most important debates as the main parties outline differing views on what our health service should look like. While it seems clear that reform is needed, politicians’ rhetoric...

07 October 2014

Difficult conversations on public spending

by Nick C Jones Whatever the outcome of the election next May, the government of the day will be committed to completing the job of eliminating the structural deficit by 2020. But with fiscal austerity to continue through the next Parliament, attention is turning to where the next round of...

09 May 2014

Whole person care in the Midlands

By Dr Tim Wilson and Michael Kitts As the pressures facing health and social care organisations continue to mount, there is growing recognition that a whole system approach is needed in response. With the Midlands leading innovation, thinking and, above all, action in the field of joining up care, this...

07 May 2014

Health matters in 2015 and beyond

By Dr Tim Wilson One year ahead of the general election, Dr Tim Wilson outlines some of the key issues for the health agenda in the run up to 2015 and beyond. Increased focus on the whole health and care economy: We’ll see an increased focus on shared health and...

04 April 2014

One year on, clinical commissioning groups must hold their nerve

By Kalee Talvitie-Brown and Rob Yearsley One year on from their authorisation in April 2013, clinical commissioning groups remain full of ambition. However, the CCG Barometer, carried out by the HSJ with our support, shows there is a remaining concern that CCGs don’t have enough capacity or access to skills...

20 January 2014

NHS@75: engaging with new digital demographics

By Tom Hooper, Nick Matthews, Camila Russell & Ben Stell Demographic change is undoubtedly putting the NHS under pressure, as our NHS@75 report shows. But over the next ten years, changing digital demographics may have a bigger impact on the future shape of the NHS. For digital natives, like us,...