Doing nothing is ‘no longer an option’. With social care on the precipice, Boris Johnson urgently needs to outline a clear long-term vision.

By GK consultant and social care policy expert, Jack Sansum  15 months have now passed since Boris Johnson stood outside Downing Street promising to “fix the crisis in social care once and for all”. While there have been numerous rumours...

COVID-19 and the looming mental health crisis

By Ian Perrin, Senior Account Manager and health specialist  Despite your views on the current Government and its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, understanding the UK’s coronavirus plan is an impossible task. I say that as someone who follows politics day-in and day-out. For people who work in industries unrelated to politics and Government, who work in small businesses, in schools, or on the high streets, trying to understand what is...

How is the ambition for NHS transformation being impacted by COVID19’s ‘new normal’?

GK Strategy is frequently asked to outline the landscape of healthcare spending and reform, what services will see increased demand over the next decade and whether the coronavirus pandemic will accelerate or inhibit wider transformation within the NHS. We are also asked how the role of private providers might change and how they can best anticipate and address changes in commissioning and service delivery. In this blog, GK Consultant, Joe Cormack examines these questions to show where...

GK Strategy becomes founding partner of I have a voice

By Jenni Hollis, Head of Client Services, GK Strategy Ever walked into a meeting room or networking event and felt different to those around you? Ever been mistaken for a waitress, when you’re actually the campaign manager? The latter happened to me in a previous role, and I’ve heard plenty of similar tales over the years. All excruciating, all exposing a burning need for change. While heaps of improvements have been made, diversity in politics, political parties and...

Testing is the key to success of the Adult Social Care Winter Plan

By Phil Hope, former Care Minister and GK Adviser The Adult Social Winter Care Plan published recently is hugely important as it sets out the national support available for the social care sector for the next six months of the winter and the main actions to be taken by local authorities, NHS organisations and social care providers including the voluntary and community sector (VCSE). There is a sense that older people have borne the brunt of this pandemic and that care homes...

GK Strategy hires Alistair Burt and John Griffith-Jones

Former Conservative MP & Health Minister Alistair Burt and ex-Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Chair John Griffith-Jones have joined GK Strategy, the public affairs agency announced today. The pair have been appointed as Strategic Advisers to bolster GK’s strategic counsel offer to clients in the...

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Coronavirus reveals the unsustainability of the Government’s devolution dualism

By Ioan Phillips, Analyst at GK If Boris Johnson’s name is linked to any political idea, then it is ‘cakeism’ – the belief that it is possible to govern without making trade-offs. On devolution, the PM’s cake is in danger of toppling over. Coronavirus has stalled government plans to devolve more powers to English regions while highlighting the limitations of centralisation – especially in healthcare delivery. Health...

“Slow, inconsistent and negligent” – but can social care be Boris Johnson’s legacy?

By GK Account Manager and social care policy expert, Jack Sansum For successive leaders and political parties social care has been politically toxic. From Labour’s 2010 “death tax” to the Tories 2017 “dementia tax”, during the past 22 years, the question of how to improve social care has been explored in 12 “white” or “green” papers or major government consultations, four independent reviews or commissions and numerous parliamentary inquiries. Indeed, it is now...