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Genomics – achieving all we ever hoped for from medicine?

It was during a press conference at the White House in June 2000 when the Human Genome Project, an international research collaborative, announced the first draft of a human genome had been sequenced, essentially mapping out the blueprint of our DNA. "We now have the possibility of achieving all we ever hoped for from medicine." – The then UK Science Minister, Lord Sainsbury Genomics: A Landmark Moment It was a landmark moment for medical research. Society stood on the...

Outcomes-based pricing for medicines: a solution to the tug of war?

The Government this week announced that it will trial new outcomes-based pricing for antibiotics. Specifically in the battle against AMR. It is time to look at innovative pricing models. And to ask if they can end the tug of war over price between industry and government. There is a paradox in the relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and the Government in relation to medicine pricing. The typical story is that the Government turns to industry for solutions, be they...

What does 2019 have in store for health and social care?

*Disclaimer, Brexit is only mentioned twice in this blog!   One of the reasons I enjoy working in health and social care policy so much – beyond the obvious gratification you get from knowing you are working in a sector that is literally saving lives – is that it is fast paced and always changing. These changes can be small and come in the shape of new technologies or treatments, or they can be more fundamental and far reaching, like a new funding settlement...

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,...

The social care green paper is coming – but so is Christmas

A full year has passed since the Government announced its intention to set out plans to reform care and support in a social care green paper. Since then the paper has bounced across two departments, three secretaries of state and various remits (at first it covered only older people, before expanding to working age adults). The line from government is that the paper is still due out in 2018. Rumours are that the Department of Health and Social Care is currently circulating it amongst other...

New GK & onefourzero report shows huge rise in online and app based health services

This week GK Strategy and onefourzero published a joint report that outlines a surge in demand for health tech related apps and technology. The research focused specifically on the rise of online GP services and mental health and medicines management apps, and findings show patient demand for such technologies is burgeoning. We found a 99% rise in the number of patients searching for online GP and...