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Green Templeton College | Oxford

Delivering Health: Clinical, Management and Policy Challenges 

Delivering health and healthcare is an immensely complex and expensive activity and needs cooperation and collaboration between patients, clinical expertise, management, and policy makers if future improvements are to be realised. New ways of 'power sharing' between interested parties in decision-making need to be explored.

The objective is that this theme will be of interest to clinicians, those in management and policy making and regulation with an interest in healthcare.

The four talks will provide students and faculty from a variety of academic disciplines with an interest in health to obtain new perspectives and an opportunity to meet those in other academic disciplines and potentially collaborate.

All of the talks will start at 6pm and will take place in the E P Abraham Lecture Theatre.

Registration is essential. To book a place, or for more information, please email

Delivering Health - Event Poster [PDF]

Monday 23rd January
Why is it so difficult to implement Evidence Based Healthcare?

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The challenges presented when attempting to get research evidence into medical practice are notorious and, because of this, there exists a healthcare gap which warrants discussion.

The relationship between the professions, management and government inevitably leads to one important question; ‘who is accountable for quality improvement?’

This lecture explored the term ‘accountability’ in relation to evidence based healthcare, and outlined the difficulties faced when attempting to implement research in both policy and medicine.

For those of you weren't able to make it to this instalment of the Green Templeton Lectures, we have provided a full summary of the talk [PDF]. 

Speakers: Richard Gleave, Public Health England and Professor Sue Dopson, Said Business School


Monday 30th January
What are the biggest challenges in global health and what needs to be done?

Global health refers to the variation in disease and death between countries, looking at both human and population health.
In many cases, the conditions of death are easily preventable – ‘First world problems’ are now global problems, and diseases associated with affluence (such as strokes and lung disease) are major causes of death, alongside disability-related disease.

Leading the lecture, Dr Luke Allen explored such challenges and how we got to this point, also asking how, in the context of astounding success and a 20 year increase in life expectancy, how do we build societies that promote health alongside comfort and choice?

If you were unable to make it to the second of the Green Templeton Lectures 2017, we have provided a summary of the talk [PDF] and podcast below.

Speakers: Dr Luke Allen, Oxford GP Training Programme and formerly with the WHO

Monday 20th February
The economic case for preventing ill health

Dr Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and Economics, The Health Foundation
Dr Louise Marshall, Senior Economics Fellow, The Health Foundation

Dr Charlesworth and Dr Marshall of The Health Foundation will be delivering a joint session. Potentially preventable conditions – including some cardiovascular disease, respiratory problems, cancers, and mental ill health – are the leading causes of ill health and death in the UK. It is estimated that 40% of the burden on health services in England may be preventable through action on the determinants of such conditions, but only around 4% of the health budget is spent on prevention.

The total costs of preventable ill health fall far wider than health and care services though, when considering the cost to the economy of the reduced ability to work, the lost years of working life, and the high physical and emotional impact on people’s lives. The session will address the challenges around adopting a more comprehensive strategy around preventing ill health, the cost effectiveness of interventions and the need for a broader long term perspective for clinicians, managers and policy makers.

Monday 27th February
The rational, political and emotional issues around the delivery of better healthcare

John Drew, Partner at McKinsey Consulting
Dr Tony Berendt, Medical Director, Oxford University Hospitals

The organisational systems that deliver health and healthcare are extra-ordinarily complex and the politics of healthcare results in a multitude of rational and emotional responses. The introduction of the seven-day delivery of healthcare and the doctors strike that followed is a good example of this complexity where positive and negative intended and unintended consequences flow from well intentioned initiatives.

This session provides two half hour perspectives. The first perspective is a view from from Mckinsey Consulting an experienced consultancy firm with a perceived degree of expertise in developing and supporting leadership in the commercial, public and social sectors. Strategic thinking is generic in that changes that take place in one sector often drives changes in other sectors. He will explore the major rational, emotional and political issues in health and healthcare that need addressing and suggest a way forward.

The second perspective provides a view from the front line. Tony Berendt will provide a thoughtful insight into his reflections on the current state of the UK Health Service, which in 2014 was identified by the Commonwealth Fund a New York based institution which supports independent research on healthcare issues, as currently the best healthcare system in high income countries. He will also identify key issues and suggest what needs to be done.

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