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On Wednesday 26 February 2020, Reform launched its report Manufacturing the future: Could healthcare data help rebalance the UK’s economy?

It was covered in CityAM

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talkRadio, 24 February 2020

Researcher Aidan Shilson-Thomas appeared on talkRadio with James Whale to discuss prison overcrowding.

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The Times, 20 February 2020

John Penrose MP, Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare and Chairman of the Conservative Policy Forum, wrote an article for The Times Red Box on why the UK needs a sovereign wealth fund.

This accompanies our latest Reform Perspectives report, 'Time to think big: A UK Sovereign Wealth Fund'.

Read the article here.

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Sky News, 14 February 2020

Reform's Director, Charlotte Pickles, was on All Out Politics, Sky News, with Adam Boulton.

She gave her take on the fallout from the Cabinet reshuffle and what it may mean for public spending going forward.

Former Special Advisers Peter Cardwell and Alex Dawson also joined.

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LBC, 13 February 2020

Charlotte Pickles, Director of Reform, appeared on LBC with Iain Dale to discuss the Cabinet reshuffle.

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LBC News, 13 February 2020

Charlotte Pickles, Director of Reform, appeared on LBC News with Jim Diamond to discuss the Cabinet reshuffle as it unfolded.


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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, 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 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. It has also been referenced in The Journal of Biomedical SemanticsMusculoskeletal Science & Practice, “Trust by Discrimination: Technology Specific Regulation & Explainable AI”, by Jakub HARASTA, a report by the Polygeia think tank  and a Health Foundation report titled 'Shaping Health Futures'.

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, in Spain 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.

The report was mentioned in a BMJ article by Poppy Nour.

The paper has since been referenced in The Journal of Medical Ethics, The Clinical Medicine Journal, The Journal of Medical Internet Research, Digital HealthRevista da JOPIC, and The Journal of Biomedical Semantics

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The BMJ, 13 February 2020

Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Tech Innovation at Reform was interviewed for an article in the BMJ by Poppy Nour on racial bias and prejudice in AI (artificial intelligence).

Read it here.


Universities set to ‘spectacularly’ miss 2025 access targets, warns think tank

New figures published today by the Higher Education Statistics Authority show a 0.1 percentage point improvement in access to university for students from low participation neighbourhoods in England.

Commenting, Reform Education Researcher, Imogen Farhan, said: 

“This rate of improvement means that the sector is set to spectacularly miss their ambitious target to halve the gap in access between the least and most advantaged students, by 2025.

“Although their intentions are laudable, more radical reform is required. Universities must disclose how they spend their widening participation budgets to allow for evaluation and commit to admissions which consider a student’s background.

“If the Prime Minister really wants to ‘level up’ Britain, improving access to university for disadvantaged students is crucial and he should move to enact these reforms.”

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Conservative Home, 11 February 2020

Claudia Martinez, Research Manager and Health lead at Reform, wrote an article for Conservative Home, outlining the importance of investing in and improving the primary care estate.

It accompanies our report, 'A primary care estate fit for the future'.  

Read here.

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Brexit drives 20% rise in government spending on big consultancies

Dr Josh Pritchard, Senior Researcher at Reform, was quoted in The Financial Times, arguing for greater transparency in government contracting.

Read here

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‘Horrendous’ prison safety statistics show system requiring urgent stabilising, says think tank

Commenting on the Ministry of Justice’s quarterly prison safety update showing record levels of self-harm, alongside a small decline in the numbers of assaults, Reform think tank criminal justice lead, Aidan Shilson-Thomas, said:

“The 16% rise in self-harm among prisoners shines a light on the horrendous conditions across the prison estate and highlights the need for urgent reform to stabilise the system.

“The Government must tackle the current exodus of experienced prison officers, stem the soaring levels of substance abuse, and fix the crumbling estate by tackling the £900 million maintenance backlog.

“This will help create a more stable environment where inmates can build positive relationships with staff and engage in meaningful activities, such as education – something which is currently next to impossible.”

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OfS plan to close access gap is welcome but key concerns remain, warns think tank

Commenting on the Office for Students’ (OfS) pledge to reduce “equality gaps” within five years, Reform Education lead, Imogen Farhan, said: 

“The intention behind this pledge is welcome and more active monitoring of universities’ performance by the regulator will make a difference.

“But whether the OfS’ proposals are radical enough to reverse universities terrible track record on widening participation is questionable. Just 12 per cent of students came from low participation neighbourhoods in 2018/19 – the same proportion as in 2014/15.

“These plans will not force universities to publish in depth analysis of how widening participation budgets are spent, making detailed evaluation of value for money impossible. The OfS will also primarily use neighbourhood-level data to measure its success, which ignores key indicators of disadvantage such as a free school meal status.

“Unless these issues are addressed, the OfS may struggle to achieve its ambitious objective.”

Covered in The Financial Times and FE News. 

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Welcome X-ray scanners will ‘get the ball rolling’ but aren’t a silver bullet for prison security, says think tank

Welcoming an announcement from the Prisons and Probation Minister that 16 prisons will receive x-ray scanners, Aidan Shilson-Thomas, Reform Criminal Justice Lead, said:

“This is a welcome announcement which will get the ball rolling on stabilising the system.

“The decision to start with local prisons, which are usually easier to smuggle drugs and contraband into, is a good one. However, the MoJ must ensure that the prisons have the resources to staff these new measures.

“For drug use, tackling the supply is only half the battle. Inspectorate surveys reveal that the proportion of prisoners developing a drug problem behind bars is almost 15 per cent. The next step must be to help prisoners struggling with addiction, which in turn will reduce prison violence and reoffending.”

Covered by ITV News and The Yorkshire Post. 

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Radio 4, 20 January 2020

Charlotte Pickles, Director of Reform, spoke to the Today Programme about the upcoming Cabinet reshuffle.

Listen here from 2:54.