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NICE: Guiding adoption and spread of innovation in the NHS

Research and innovation is a priority for NHS. With demand for health services rising, deploying new technology and treatments is seen by NHS leaders and government as they key to improving productivity and standards of care in the health service. It’s therefore no surprise that research and innovation was a key focus of the NHS Long Term Plan. While there is already a wide spread recognition of...

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Edward Jones 9th Apr, 2019 Strategy 4 min read

Establishing best practice is the key to NHS adoption

Next week, we expect a series of announcements about the NHS that will shape the future of healthcare. The NHS Long Term Plan will lay the blueprint for the future of NHS. It will also detail spending plans for the extra £20.5bn government investment in the over the next five years. Once the plan is released and implementation planning begins, it will be a key time to engage. Meanwhile, the Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, has outlined his top priorities as prevention,...

Brexit’s border bothers at crunch time make a People’s Vote more likely

Brexit negotiations are now entering crunch time. As the clock ticks down towards Brexit Day in March, Theresa May and her chief Brexit adviser, Olly Robbins, are trying to wriggle out from between a rock (her own backbenchers) and a hard place (avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland). The difficulty in uniting all parties around a Brexit deal is increasing the likelihood of another referendum. As both Angela Merkel and the European Council President, 

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Edward Jones 16th Oct, 2018 Insight 3 min read

Another “top-down reorganisation of the NHS” is coming

Legislation sets the legal structure of the health service. This shapes which organisations staff work for, who suppliers and external providers sell to, and how care is provided. The ‘2012 Health and Care Act’ set the legal structure of the NHS in England. Critics branded it an unnecessary “top-down reorganisation of the NHS”. Its reception was so hostile that politicians pledged that there would be no further restructuring of the health service. However, lots of change has been...

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Edward Jones 8th Aug, 2018 Impact , Strategy

A New Deal for NHS funding? The Prime Minister hovers over the spending taps

The Prime Minister has revealed that she is considering a “multiyear” funding settlement for the NHS. Speaking to the House of Commons Liaison Committee, Theresa May acknowledged...

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Edward Jones 10th Apr, 2018 Insight 3 min read

What does the UK Life Sciences Strategy mean for the pharma and biotech sector?

This post appeared first on PharmaLetter. The life sciences industry is one of the dominant sectors of the UK economy, generating £64 billion turnovers every year and employing more than 233,000 scientists and staff.[i] With leaked UK Government...

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Edward Jones 21st Feb, 2018 Insight 3 min read

Higher Education in Flux

The Higher Education sector has been in constant flux for a number of years, from the tuition fees increase in 2012 to the Higher Education and Research Act, which was given Royal Assent last April. The rate of change shows no signs of slowing down and 2018 looks likely to bring yet more changes. Theresa May’s recent ‘reshuffle’ saw continuity win out in many departments, but may have a lasting impact on the Higher Education sector. The departure of both the Secretary of State, Justine...

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Edward Jones 2nd Feb, 2018 Insight 3 min read

Pay or performance? The Chancellor’s NHS budget dilemma

With NHS funding in the public limelight, the Chancellor of the Exchequer is due to face a thorny dilemma on the future of health funding tomorrow. Whilst he will be considering the options at his disposal, any solutions are unlikely to make him many friends. Despite the Government meeting its pledge to protect and increase NHS funding, with an additional £8 billion committed at the 2015 general election, demand for services is at record levels. This is in a large part due to an ageing...