Health and social care

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Reform’s research examines how technological transformation, local health and care commissioning and workforce reform can create an adaptive and sustainable NHS and social care, capable of delivering integrated models of care to meet our changing and rapidly ageing society.


7th June 2019

#Reformdigitalhealth conference 2019

On 5th June 2019, Reform held its #reformdigitalhealth 2019 conference, 'Unlocking the promise of digital health'. It explored what we can learn from failures in digital health, getting the implementation right and reimagining the future of healthcare. 

The event brought together a range of voices including patients, public service leaders, businesses and future thinkers. 

You can find videos and highlights from the day below. 


CQC report confirms that A&E services have hit a brick wall, says think tank

Commenting on the Care Quality Commission’s annual report showing that 52 per cent of urgent and emergency care services are rated inadequate or requiring improvement, Reform think tank Health policy lead, Claudia Martinez, said:

“Services have hit a brick wall due to the relentless pressure being placed on them by our broken primary care system.”

“A major driver of demand is those who’ve reached crisis point due to a lack of care in the community, leaving no choice but emergency services. Last year, for example, 38 per cent of patients who needed a same day GP appointment were unable to get one.

“We need urgent reform to bolster primary care and keep people out of hospital, which will relieve the unrelenting pressure facing emergency services. Otherwise those in need will continue to miss out on the standard of care they deserve.”