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Sunday Times

The Sunday Times, 9 December 2018

Reform Director, Andrew Haldenby, was quoted in The Sunday Times, discussing GP appointments.

Andrew Haldenby, director of the think tank Reform, argues that patients as well as doctors have to adjust their priorities: “When we phone a GP surgery, we shouldn’t expect to see a GP every time.” He believes more one-stop shops with nurses, physios, dentists, pharmacists and GPs working in concert could halve doctors’ appointments without risk to the patient.

To read the full article, click here.

FE news

FE news, 29 November 2018

To accompany the launch of Reform's report 'Gaining Access: Increasing the participation of disadvantaged students at elite universities', Dr Luke Heselwood wrote an article for FE News titled 'Three Steps to Better Measures: Increasing the participation of disadvantaged students'. Read the full article here.

HE access paper


On Wednesday 28 October, Reform launched its report, Gaining Access: Increasing the participation of disadvantaged students at elite universities. The report was covered in The TimesThe GuardianThe Times Education Supplement and FE News

Financial Times

Financial Times, 28 November 2018

Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation, was quoted in Financial Times in an article about the use of facial recognition in South Wales Police. The full article (£) can be found here.

Eleonora Harwich, director of research at Reform, a think-tank, warned against seeing tech as a “magical solution that will implement itself”.

“As highlighted [in the report], tech should be seen as enhancing human capabilities not replacing them,” Ms Harwich said. “Developing a strong evidence base around the effectiveness of these types of tools is crucial.”


Reform statement: HMICFRS mental health report

Commenting on today’s HMICFRS report, Reform Research Manager Claudia Martinez said:

“Despite painting a dire picture of the challenges facing mental health services nationally the renewed focus on prevention, early intervention and specialised mental health training for the police are necessary to ensure that the service has the capacity to fulfil its task of ensuring public safety and that people experiencing a mental health crisis receive the support they deserve.

The government’s commitment to invest £2bn in mental health services and the new funding allocated to liaison mental health teams and community-based crisis resolution services, are steps in the right direction. Yet, without a radical rethink of the system, the NHS risks finding itself once again in a "sticking plaster" situation.”


Disruption Hub, 20 November 2018

Disruption Hub wrote an article on the convergence of AI and Blockchain in Healthcare. Part of it covered the Healthcare Unblocked event which Reform's Eleonora Harwich spoke at.

"The merits of a ‘decentralised patient centric’ system in the NHS was the focus of some discussion. Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech innovation at Reformreminded us that many things need to be addressed to make this feasible, including data quality, interoperability and standards."

the Guardian

The Guardian, 16 November 2018

The Guardian published an article about cybersecurity and cyberattacks in the NHS, following a panel event which Reform's Eleonora Harwich spoke at. 

"While all panellists were worried about the possibility of another attack, Eleonora Harwich, director of research and head of digital and tech innovation at Reform, remained hopeful. “A lot of the recommendations that came out of WannaCry are a step in the right direction,” she said, although Harwich also sounded a note of caution: “I wonder if we will eventually work out how to translate recommendations and headline policy into what happens on the ground.”


Reform statement: NHS cancer screening review announcement

Commenting on NHS England’s announcement, Andrew Haldenby, Director of Reform think tank, which recently published a report calling for the better use and collection of data in cancer screening and care, said:

“Breast cancer screening already prevents approximately 1,300 deaths a year. Better use of NHS data should mean that even more people are screened for cancer, particularly those on low incomes. It would also improve accuracy when coupled with new technology, reducing the number of cancers that are currently missed in screenings.”   



Public Sector Executive

Public Sector Executive, 12 November 2018

To accompany a paper she is currently working on, Rose Lasko-Skinner, Researcher at Reform, wrote an article for Public Sector Executive discussing the importance social value in public procurement.  

Read the article here.

Public Finance

Public Finance, 9 November 2018

Public Finance wrote an article covering the Healthcare: unblocked 2018 conference which Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation, spoke at. The article included a quote from Eleonora:

Eleonora Harwich, director of research at the Reform think-tank, said: “The efficiency gains can improve cost effectiveness.”

She added: “I see opportunity [for blockchain in the NHS] but there are basic things that need to be put right before blockhain can flourish”.

BBC Newcastle

BBC Newcastle, 9 November 2018

Luke Heselwood, Researcher at Reform, appeared on BBC Newcastle radio to discuss homelessness. He argued that local authorities must tackle the root causes of homelessness. Responding to claims that local authorities are under increasing pressure to assist households at risk of homelessness, Luke argued that by tackling the root causes, it will help to alleviate these pressures in the long-term.


Reform statement: Immediate Reaction to the Chancellor's Budget speech

Reacting to the Chancellor’s Budget speech, Andrew Haldenby, Director of the independent public services think tank Reform said:

"If the Chancellor wants to end austerity he has to ensure that the extra money will be well used. His problem is that the reform programs introduced in the austerity years are far from complete. Unless that changes it will be the Government, not the opposition, that is throwing good money after bad"

City AM

City AM, 29 October 2018

Ahead of the Budget on Monday, Rose Lasko-Skinner, Researcher at Reform, wrote an article arguing that public reform has stalled since Brexit and that the end of austerity was an opportune moment to bring back focus on the domestic agenda.

Read the article here

Cancer care

Reform report coverage - 'A data-driven personalised approach to cancer care'

Reform's latest reportA data-driven personalised approach to cancer care, found that cancer survival could significantly improve if the NHS collects and uses its data more intelligently. 

It received coverage in the Yorkshire Post and Prolific North



Pharmafield, 26 October 2018

To accompany the launch of our latest report 'A data-driven approach to personalised care', report author and Reform Research Manager, Maisie Borrows, wrote an article outlining the benefits of using data to personalise cancer care.