Virtual Event: The NHS, Past, Present and Future

Management in Medicine Programme seminar

Monday 28 September 2020   18:30 to 20:15


Professor Robert Arnott, Associate Fellow, Green Templeton College. A medical historian and previously an NHS Senior Manager, Sub-Dean of the University of Birmingham Medical School and Director of the Birmingham Medical Institute.

Dr Nick Fahy, Research Fellow, Green Templeton College. A researcher and consultant on health policy and systems, and a senior researcher in the Department of Primary Health Care Sciences.

The first Management in Medicine event of the academic year  launched the 2020/21 programme.

The National Health Service (NHS) of the UK is a totemic institution – much loved by the British public, and a model for elsewhere. But it faces fundamental challenges. Can it keep up with changes in medicine? Can it adapt to changing expectations of the public and of its own staff? And most fundamentally, can we afford to keep it?

In this seminar, we looked at how the NHS came into being, how it was originally managed and operated and the series of significant structural and policy changes that have shaped the modern NHS. We compared this with other systems emerging elsewhere, especially in Europe, and asked what we can learn from them. And we explored the central challenges the NHS faces for the future, which have been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic – can we keep the NHS for the next 70 years, too?

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The Management in Medicine Programme has been established by the Fellows of Green Templeton College to help clinicians in training and postgraduate students with an interest in healthcare management develop their management and leadership skills.

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Type: Lectures and Seminars