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The NHS at 70: Where Did it Come From? How Does it Compare? What is its Future?

Monday 15 October 2018, 18:30 - 20:15


Professor Robert Arnott, a medical historian, a Green Templeton College Member 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, a researcher and consultant on health policy and systems, a Research Fellow at Green Templeton College and a senior researcher in the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.

The National Health Service 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 the UK afford to keep it?

This seminar will consider 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 will compare this with other systems emerging elsewhere, especially in Europe, and ask what we can learn from them. And we will explore the central challenges the NHS faces for the future; can we keep the NHS for the next 70 years?

18:00 Registration, tea and sandwiches available in the Stables Bar
18:30 Seminar in the Lecture Theatre
20:15 Close

This event is part of the Management in Medicine Programme. Certificates of attendance will be provided, for those that want one, on completion of an online feedback form made available shortly after the event.


For more information, please contact

E P Abraham Lecture Theatre, Green Templeton College
43 Woodstock Road