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Mental Health Today, 31 July 2019

Claudia Martinez, Research Manager at Reform, wrote an article in Mental Health Today about how technology can revolutionise mental health care but it is imperative that people are put at the centre. 

Read the article here

Reform media statement: Benefit cap should be kept but is too low, says think tank

Commenting benefit cap statistics published the Department for Work and Pensions today, Director of the Reform think tank, Charlotte Pickles, said:

“The benefit cap was rightly introduced to make the welfare state fairer – ensuring that those on benefits did not receive more than the average working family. But these figures show the cap has gone too far.

The double whammy of reducing the cap to £20,000 and freezing benefits is causing unacceptable hardship for the most vulnerable in society. The welfare system must be fair for taxpayers, but it must also reduce, not increase, poverty. If the Government wants to cut the welfare bill, they should look at the millions being handed to wealthy pensioners.”

Report coverage - 'Making the right choices: using data-driven technology to transform mental healthcare'

On Wednesday 3 July 2019, Reform launched its report, Making the right choices: using data-driven technology to transform mental healthcare

It has been mentioned by Use My Data, the King's Fund, NICE and on NHS resources including the current awareness service for child and adolescence mental health, Musgrove Park Hospital and Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

 

Report coverage: Sharing the benefits: how to use data effectively in the public sector

On 16 August 2018, Reform published a report on the potential of data sharing to transform the delivery of public services. Media coverage included: The Telegraph, Public Technology, Civil Service WorldUK AuthorityThe RegisterOut-Law.comHolyroodGovernment EuropaSmart Cities World, GovLab and the Royal Society

The report was referenced by the Office for Statistics Regulation,the Better Care Fund and the Children's Commissioner.

The report was also referenced in a report on digital government by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. 

It also received international coverage including in Italy.

Report coverage - 'Thinking on its own: AI in the NHS'

On Thursday 11 January 2018, Reform launched its reportThinking on its own: AI in the NHS. The report was covered in a range of different publications including The IndependentThe RegisterComputer WeeklyUK AuthorityPulse TodayGovernment ComputingScience BusinessThe British Journal of Healthcare ComputingIT ProCBR GovernmentThe Public PurseGizmodoDigital by Default NewsPharmaceutical Services Negotiating CommitteeThe King’s FundThink Digital PartnersCloud ProCognition XChartered Society of PhysiotherapyDigital HealthData IQAI VexoMachine LearningPharmafieldIn FocusTelecare LINThe Robotics Law JournalEvidence in MindZPBRoyal College of NursingHealthy London PartnershipEssex LPCHealth Estates and Facilities Management AssociationPrimary Care Commissioning Community Interest CompanyLinkedInOutcomes Based HealthcareInternet of BusinessGovernment ComputingOlder People’s Commission for Wales, Open Mind, British Journal of Healthcare Computing, Health and Social care.ai, Healthcare News, Lord Darzi’s report: Better health and care for all: a 10 point plan for the 2020s, Barclays, The RegisterNuffield BioethicsGood Governance Institute, Microsoft, GovTech Leaders, ITProThe Royal SocietyKnowledge BriefOxford Insights, Frontline (physiotherapy magazine for CSP members), The Medic PortalPharma TimesDKV (Deep Knowledge Ventures), Breathe News, Hall and Partners and the Alan Turing Institute's new report on understanding AI. The Mayor of London's report on AI and PwC's report on AI in healthcare also features the report. The NHS Topol Review features the report, as well as the BMA report on doctors' vision for the future and on doctors’ vision for change in the NHS. The House of Commons Library debate pack on the involvement of patients in the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare also cites the report. 

The report was featured in the International Journal of Law and Information Technology in an article written by Daniel Schönberger. It was featured in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, in an article authored by Shaw, Rudzicz, Jamieson and Goldfarb. It was also featured in Digital Health, in an article by Tom Nadarzynski, Oliver Miles, Aimee Cowie and Damien Ridge.

Global coverage includes Elecfans in China, DigiNews in Taiwan, in Russia (herehere and here), AI Policy Labs in the USA, Ministry of Health library in New Zealand, Quebec Newsletter and the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health in Canada, E-health Research in Norway, in Australia, in California and in France by the Haute Autorité de Santé. It was also mentioned in the World Health Organization's report on digitizing national health systems in EuropeReform‘s report is specifically mentioned on pg 23 -4, along with a mention for Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation specifically.

Reading lists that mention the report include Keyah ConsultingWilton ParkIBM Watson Health and the Kent Surrey Sussex AHSN’s recent report.

Reform statement: Invest in safety and scrap short sentences to improve prisons, says think tank

Commenting on statistics published today by the Ministry of Justice, Director of the Reform think tank Charlotte Pickles, said:

“These figures continue to show unacceptably high levels of violence and self-harm in our prisons.

Our new Prime Minister has presented himself as tough on crime. But the most effective way to cut crime is to reduce reoffending. That means investing in prison safety and rehabilitation to help offenders turn their lives around.

It also means keeping prison as a last resort. Reoffending costs society £18bn a year. It would be a grave and costly mistake to not proceed with David Gauke’s proposal to scrap short-term prison sentences, which exacerbate reoffending.”

This was covered in the Financial Times Public Finance and OZY.  

Public Finance, 22 July 2019

Josh Pritchard, Researcher at Reform, was quoted in an article by Public Finance about Labour's outsourcing proposals. He argued that Labour's proposed "insourcing revolution" is largely redundant and fails to address key concerns about job losses and cost effectiveness.

Read the full article here

Politics Live, 19 July 2019

Charlotte Pickles, Director of Reform, appeared on Politics Live to discuss the latest policy news including No-Deal Brexit developments and apprenticeships.   

Reform media statement: More cops alone not the answer to trends highlighted in new crime statistics, says think tank

Commenting on the 8% increase in knife crime offences, Director of the Reform think tank Charlotte Pickles, said:

“The continuing rise in knife crime is tragic, but not surprising. Until politicians take seriously the need to invest in prevention alongside enforcement, more young people will continue to die on our cities’ streets.

Any increases in police numbers must be targeted and coupled with serious investment to tackle the lethal mix of poverty, school exclusion, poor mental health and drugs. It’s astonishing that both Tory leadership candidates think that pledging thousands more bobbies is enough.” 

Data also published today shows that fewer than one in 10 crimes result in a charge.

The think tank is calling for a portion of the resources being promised to the police by Tory leadership candidates to be spent on back-office support, analysts and bolstering digital forensics capabilities to improve outcomes. It argues that more officers should only be deployed to specific high crime areas.

Covered by BBC News, The Independent, The Mirror and The Express, among other publications. Charlotte was also quoted in the Financial Times and OXY's coverage of the statistics.