While at its inception the National Health Service was visionary, three quarters of a century later, with demand rising and outcomes deteriorating, a bold and urgent rethink is needed. This work stream will look at how health is created, resources are allocated, and care is delivered.
Maximising the health of the nation requires a fundamental shift away from seeing health as an NHS problem to solve. We need to redesign the system to reduce and divert, rather than simply manage demand – and that means rethinking where the power and resource sits.
An overly-centralised health system dominated by GP surgeries and large hospitals was fit for the mass industrial, ‘assembly line’ model of treatment it was designed to meet, but is ill-equipped to deal with our current challenges.
Our new research programme, 'Reimagining Health' will focus on rethinking how health is created, resources are allocated, and care is delivered.