Press coverage

Find coverage in the press of Reform's latest work below. 

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The Economist - January 11 2019

Andrew Haldenby, Director of Reform, was interviewed for The Economist to discuss the NHS Long Term Plan. The full article can be found here (£). 

But Andrew Haldenby of Reform, a think-tank, says that progress in most existing icss has been slow. Change is rarely brought about by “bureaucratic exhortation”, he notes.

Reform comment on the final report of Shelter’s commission on the future of social housing

Responding to the final report of Shelter’s commission on the future of social housing, Dr Luke Heselwood, Senior Researcher at Reform think tank, said:

“A lack of social housing has contributed to England’s homelessness crisis. However, homelessness is not just about housing and public services need to work together to tackle its root causes, including mental health problems and family breakdown.”  

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Notes to editors

  1. Reform is an independent, non-party, charitable think tank whose mission is to set out ideas that will improve public services for all and deliver value for money.
  2. Reform is currently undertaking an investigation into youth homelessness, due for publication in March 2019.
  3. On 25 April 2018, Dr Heselwood authored a blog titled ‘Tackling Homelessness: A time for new solutions’ available here.

BBC Radio 4 Today Programme

Andrew Haldenby, Director of Reform, appeared on BBC Radio 4's 'Today' programme to discuss the NHS Long Term Plan. He argued that the NHS was in a similar place five years ago, with an influx of money and a five-year plan. We are in a similar position today and yet not enough reform has happened in that period. 

Nevertheless, the NHS's long-term plan is good and focuses on the right areas such as prevention and moving into primary care. But political leadership needs to be strong to hold NHS authorities to account, and progress made should be extremely clear throughout the process, not just at the end of the ten-year period. 

You can listen to the show again here

AI in Health report: coverage

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) and Breathe News. The Mayor of London's report on AI also features the report. 

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 and in California. 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: ONS deaths of homeless people in England and Wales

Commenting on statistics published by the ONS today, Reform Researcher, Imogen Farhan, said:

“Public services need to work together to tackle the root causes of what makes a person homeless, including substance abuse and mental health problems. Contrary to Theresa May’s statement yesterday, there is more to tackling homelessness than just building more houses.” 

Notes to editors

  1. Responding to a question on homelessness in Parliament yesterday, The Prime Minister said: First, in the way that the hon.  Gentleman raises the wider issue of homelessness. Why is it that we have this wider issue? It is because Governments, year after year, failed to build enough homes in this country. We need to ensure that we are building those homes. That is what this Government are doing. Last year we saw the number of homes being built at the highest level for any but one of the last 31 years. If the hon. Gentleman wants to ensure that there is a variety of housing available to people in this country, it is this Government who have ensured that councils can borrow more to build more.
  2. Please click here for the full text on Hansard.

Reform statement: New UCAS admissions data

Commenting on official statistics from UCAS highlighting that universities are accepting more students with lower grades, Reform Researcher, Dr Luke Heselwood, said:

"Although the number of students with lower grades being accepted by universities is on the rise, these figures focus on the sector as a whole.

Reform research shows that top universities are all but failing to improve access for the most disadvantaged students because, on average, they do not achieve the required A level grades, compared with their more advantaged peers."

Health Service Journal - 13 December 2018

To accompany the launch of Reform's report 'Making NHS data work for everyone' report author and Reform Director of Research, Eleonora Harwich, wrote an article for the Health Service Journal on the need for a national strategy to harness the value of healthcare data. It is available here

Financial Times, 11 December 2018

Andrew Haldenby, Reform Director, was quoted in Financial Times in an article on private sector outsourcing. The full article can be found here (£).

Andrew Haldenby, chief executive of Reform, a public services think-tank, supported the government’s decision. “It’s entirely possible for the government to drive the sector completely out of business and that would be a mistake given the benefits of public competition in public services and the innovation that new providers can deliver.”