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UK Disability News

UK Disability News, 26 February 2018

UK Disability News included coverage of a recent blog written by Luke Heselwood, Researcher at Reform, about how technology can improve the UK’s rail system.

See the coverage here.

Kent and Surrey Academic health network

Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network, 22 February 2018

Eleonora Harwich, Head of Digital and Technological Innovation at Reform, wrote a blog for Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network exploring the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare. Although the potential is there for huge benefits, making it a reality at scale will take time and effort.

 Read the full blog here.

Public Finance

Public Finance, 12 February 2018

Sarah Timmis, Researcher at Reform, wrote an article in Public Finance on the government’s digital strategy, a year on from the launch of the Government’s Transformation Strategy.

“Better data-sharing and digital leadership are key to transforming government. A year on, government is making steps in the right direction. However, if it to achieve the radical ambitions it rightly sets, 2018 would be the year to pick up the pace.”

Read the full article here.

The General Practice Podcast, 12 February 2018

Maisie Borrows and Daniel El-Gamry, Researchers at Reform, appeared on The General Practice Podcast (from Ockham Healthcare) to discuss the findings of Reform‘s report on reinvigorating the primary care estate.

Listen to the full podcast here

City AM

City A.M., 2 February 2018

Rachel Cunliffe, City AM Comment Editor, quoted Reform research in a piece in favour of government outsourcing: “… what matters is how much the government saves from not doing everything itself. That’s hard to measure overall, with so many varied contracts, but as an example of what’s possible, a report from the think tank Reform shows that the Department of Work and Pensions was able to cut its web-hosting costs by 90 per cent by using a new digital procurement system to get the best-value deal.”

The Reform research is available here.

You can read the article here. 

City AM

City A.M., 1 February 2018

Alexander Hitchcock, Research Manager at Reform, wrote an opinion piece for City A.M arguing that failings in policy have put “undue pressure” on outsourcing companies.


Times Higher Education, 29 January 2018

The Times Higher Education wrote an article following our panel event on Diversifying the elite: the responsibility of universities. The article highlights comments by the panel, including Tim Bradshaw, Chief Executive of the Russell Group, who commented on the suitability of lowering entry grades for poorer pupils.

You can read the article here

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The Sunday Politics Show Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, 28 January 2018

Alexander Hitchcock, Senior Researcher at Reform, appeared on The Sunday Politics Show Yorkshire and Lincolnshire to discuss the role of private companies in delivering public services. He argued that if “business nous” were applied to the NHS, it could help it to achieve the savings required by 2020, and means more money can be put into frontline care.

Watch the full episode here (Alexander appeared at 50 minutes, 30 seconds).

Health Service Journal

Health Service Journal, 24 January 2018

Maisie Borrows, Researcher at Reform, wrote an article in Health Service Journal on how private investment can transform the primary care estate. It can work as an option to fund an upgrade of primary care estate can deliver value for money for the taxpayer and significantly improve patient outcomes.

Read the full article here.

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The Times, 24 January 2018

Andrew Haldenby, Director of Reform, wrote an article in The Times challenging Boris Johnson’s wish to spend another £5 billion a year on the NHS, and referred to new Reform research on stronger primary care published on the same day.

Read the full article here.

City AM

City AM, 22 January 2018

Alexander Hitchcock, Research Manager at Reform, wrote an article in City AM exploring the recent debate on how public services are funded and delivered, in light of Carillion’s collapse.

“Policymakers should recognise that business incentives are part of public services. Combining a public sector “ethos” with business nous can help deliver the best services for the lowest cost. All organisations need to be set up to thrive. If profit-making improves outcomes, it should not be snubbed no matter where politicians stand on the political divide.”

Read the full article here.

Education Technology

Education Technology, 20 January 2018

Education Technology published an article about a roundtable recently hosted by Instructure which discussed how education technology can best be implemented in schools. Emilie Sundorph, Researcher at Reform, is quoted in the article arguing that although it may be an investment upfront, technology has the potential to improve education and save schools money in the long.

“There is still a feeling that edtech is an extra. We need to show how edtech can contribute to closing the attainment gap.”

You can read the article here

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Sky News, 18 January 2018

Alex Hitchcock, Research Manager at Reform, appeared on Sky News alongside Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, to discuss the future GP workforce. Alex argued that a new model of general practice, better at using technology and the wider workforce, is needed to meet patient demands.

City AM

City AM, 16 January 2018

Alexander Hitchcock, Research Manager at Reform, authored a piece arguing against the idea that the collapse of the firm Carillion should mean an end to outsourcing. The piece concluded, “Ministers should put business nous before ideology.”

Please read the piece here.

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Victoria Derbyshire, 16 January 2018

Alexander Hitchcock, Research Manager at Reform, appeared on BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show at 10.30am to discuss the importance of a new model of care over more funding for the NHS. He appeared alongside Professor Clare Gerada, GP Partner, the Hurley Group, and Stephen Dorrell, Chair of NHS Confederation. You can watch the interview from 10.41.