Press

Reform's research and commentary is regularly featured in the media. You can find press coverage of Reform's work here.

We are always happy to comment on policy issues relevant to our work. If you would like a quote, an interview, or a background briefing, please email press@reform.uk.

 

Public Finance

Reform media statement: Renationalising probation not a silver bullet

Commenting on the renationalisation of Government probation services, Reform researcher Dr Joshua Pritchard said:

"Probation is in crisis, but renationalisation isn't some magic wand you can wave to solve it. The issue isn’t who delivers probation, but that the current design of the service isn’t fit for purpose. The contracting was rushed, which has led to the problems we now see - another knee-jerk decision won’t help.”

In 2019, Reform published a report on outsourcing arguing that the process should be improved but should not banned as was called for at the time. 

This statement was covered in Public Finance


Financial Times

Financial Times, 16 May 2019

Dr. Joshua Pritchard, Researcher at Reform, was quoted in a Financial Times story on the decision to renationalise the probation service. He said:

"It's not going to solve anything if people are overworked and underpaid," and called on the government to devise a "whole new model" for the service.

Read the full piece here (£).


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Edge Health, 13 May 2019

Edge Health wrote a write-up for their event, 'Taking the pAIn out of AI', which featured contributions from Reform Director of Research Eleonora Harwich.

You can read it here.


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TalkRadio, 16 May 2019

Dr. Joshua Pritchard, Researcher at Reform, appeared on talkRADIO to speak with Mike Graham about the decision to renationalise the probation service.

He spoke about how failures in the outsourcing process, including poorly designed contracts, led to poor service provision. He also emphasised the fact that the probation service has struggled with core issues such as under-staffing and reoffending for years, and that renationalisation alone cannot fix these. He concluded by saying that renationalisation represents an important opportunity to reform the probation service, and that the MoJ must use this opportunity to develop a system that effectively meets the needs of offenders.

You can listen back to the interview here.


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Reform press coverage: 'Preventing youth homelessness: an assessment of local approaches'

On 14 May 2019, Reform published 'Preventing youth homelessness: an assessment of local approaches'. The report was covered in a range of publications including: The Independent, The Big Issue, Huffington Post, The MJ, Local Gov and Inside Housing


BBC Radio London

BBC Radio London, 14 May 2019

Dr Luke Heselwood, Senior Researcher at Reform, appeared on BBC Radio London to discuss findings of Reform's latest report on preventing youth homelessness.

He spoke about variation across England in terms of how homelessness is tackled, which creates a postcode lottery. This is because the issue has often been left to be dealt with at a local, rather than national, level. The warning signs for those at risk of homelessness can be predictable, and include factors like domestic issues, truancy and mental health problems, which are dealt with by a range of different services. Therefore, it is important for better joint working between councils and these other services to combat the issue of homelessness. 

Listen to Luke's interview here (found from 2:53: 40).


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Care Talk, 30 April 2019

Dr Joshua Pritchard, Researcher at Reform, wrote an article for Care Talk, addressing the importance of ensuring sufficient support for personal budget holders.

"There is an urgent need to understand how to make personal budgets work for everyone - not just recipients of personal budgets, but the staff and providers tasked with supporting them."

Read the full piece here.


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Local Government Chronicle, 26 April 2019

Dr. Joshua Pritchard, Researcher at Reform, wrote an op-ed for Local Government Chronicle, addressing outsourcing and Reform's recent report, 'Please procure responsibly'.

Read it here (£).


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AIMed, 29 March 2019

Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research at Reform, wrote an article for AIMed Magazine, addressing AI in the NHS.

"Private sector organisations can often fall into the trap of thinking about the tech first instead of trying to solve a problem that individuals face on the ground. This can have an impact on people's general uptake of the technology and their buy-in."

Read the full piece here.


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Reform Media Statement on NHS Workforce Statistics

New NHS data shows that the number of community health medical staff and community health nurses decreased by 70% and 15%, respectively, compared to January last year. Reform Research Manager, Claudia Martinez, said:

“The Health Secretary was right to raise better staff retention in his speech today. However, the Service will need to reverse the concerning decline in its’ staff working in the community if it wants to deliver the Long Term Plan. The forthcoming Workforce Implementation Plan should not solely focus on investment, but on improving the recruitment and retention of key community staff.”


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LinkedIn Pulse, 17 April 2019

After interviewing Eleonora Harwich, Reform Director of Research, Neetu Roy wrote an article for LinkedIn Pulse.

"Eleonora has produced one of the most comprehensive reports regarding AI in healthcare, brilliantly titled, Thinking on its own: AI in the NHS."

Read the full piece here.


Public finance

Reform Press Coverage: The Future of Smarter Working Across the Civil Service

On 12 April 2019, Reform hosted John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service, to speak on the TW3.0 programme for smarter working across the organisation.

This event received coverage from Public Finance.


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Reform think tank media statement on new NHS IAPT data

New NHS data shows a 14% increase in patients waiting over three months after being referred to IAPT, the Service’s programme for treating adult anxiety disorders, compared to last year. Reform Research Manager, Claudia Martinez, said:

“This increase isn’t good and takes the shine off NHS efforts to improve access to this service. Better uptake of new technologies would help bridge the gap between being referred to IAPT and a first assessment, as well as helping patients self-manage their condition.”


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Reform Media Statement on the Children's Commissioner's Report on Mental Health Services

Claudia Martinez, Reform Research Manager, said:

“Mental health services for children will improve when schools, social services and the NHS work together and utilise new technologies which direct patients to the right treatments, at the right time.”


City AM

City AM, 9 March 2019

Rose Lasko-Skinner, Researcher at Reform, wrote an op-ed for City AM on public sector procurement and Reform's recent report, 'Please procure responsibly'.

"Government needs to do much better when it comes to “make or buy” decisions – that is, deciding whether a service is more suited to being provided directly by government, or an external provider."

Read the full piece here.