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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...

How the Conservative majority will change political risk for investors

The Conservatives’ majority of 80 seats has removed one of the biggest political risks to investors. A hung parliament, let alone a Labour administration, will remain a distant possibility. The Prime Minister no longer needs to tread carefully to win votes in the Commons. Yet, the actions of this single-party government – the first significant majority in the UK for over a decade – will be more complex to forecast. The dynamics of Parliament and politics have changed...

Can Labour’s manifesto trigger “real change” in the polls?

Since parliament voted for a December 12 election, Labour has made some progress in the polls – with the party now polling at 29% (it stood at 24% immediately before the election was called). However, Corbyn still finds his party trailing Boris Johnson’s by around a dozen points. The party’s hopes now rest on it’s radical manifesto, but will this be enough to close the gap? A manifesto of “hope”? Corbyn has so far struggled to cut through in the election...

Reviewing the draft NHS commercial medicines framework – clarification made possible through collaboration and dialogue

The draft NHS Commercial Framework for Medicines is published and out for consultation. The Framework was a commitment set out in the recent

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GK Strategy 21st Nov, 2019 Insight
Health , NHS , Healthcare
3 min read

3 mental health policy issues Boris Johnson’s Government must address

When he’s not testing the rulebook on parliamentary procedure, preparing the country for that inevitable no-deal Brexit, or out on the yet-to-be-declared campaign trail, Boris Johnson likes to tread the line between audacious policy announcements and drafting bullish content for the papers. Back in July Johnson wrote an Op-Ed, citing his hero Winston Churchill and his...

Why health sector sales and marketing teams need to understand the policy landscape

Local sales reps are integral to the business of many organisations which supply essential products and services to the NHS, from pharmaceuticals to medical devices and cleaning products. They are the frontline of business, developing relationships with customers and leading conversations which retain existing and create new business. Naturally, it is essential for sales teams to know about the products they are selling. However, it is just as essential to understand wider policy...

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GK Strategy 12th Sep, 2019 Impact
Health , NHS , policy , sales , commissioning
2 min read

Reorganisation of the NHS – 10 things we have learnt

To celebrate it 70th Birthday the NHS has been partaking in two of its favourite activities. Firstly, reorganising and secondly, developing long term plans. The Health and Care Act has been in force since 2012. Since then, the NHS has slowly but surely been moving away from the commissioner/provider split set out in the Act. This is because NHS leaders shifted policy toward a health and care system centred around population-based integrated services. Here are 10 pieces of news GK...

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Emma Petela 7th Mar, 2019 Strategy
Government , NHS
5 min read

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...

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GK Strategy 5th Mar, 2019 Strategy
Health , NHS
5 min read