Devolution and Transformation in the NHS

Date: Tuesday 9 May 2017
Time: 11:00 am - 4:45 pm
Venue: John Snow Lecture Theatre, LSHTM, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT, UK
Type of event: Symposium

Devolution and Transformation in the NHS: What Can We Learn From History?

Organised by the Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, in tandem with the Institute of Public Policy Research. Sponsored by the Wellcome Trust.

This symposium will bring together historians and policy makers to  ask what we can learn from 20th century British history about the  decentralisation of health powers and the local reform agenda. Greater  devolution has been common ground in public policy in recent years, both  across the four nations of the UK, and subsequently to regions and  local authorities - with devo-Manc and STPs at the forefront of peoples  minds. See document below for more information.


11.00-11.15 Opening remarks:

11.15-12.15 Session 1 Before the NHS: the strengths and weaknesses of the localist, pluralist system that obtained before the NHS, and why it was abandoned in 1944-8.

12.15-1.15 Session 2 What has been the ‘N’ in NHS? How have policy-makers interested in devolving power balanced local and national interests? How have public attitudes towards the NHS as a national institution evolved and why do they matter?

LUNCH 1.15-2.00

Session 3 Local decision-making, national issues – the long view

2.00-2.45 i The Balance of Care

2.45-3.45 ii Beyond the NHS

ii. Public Health, Local Government and Social Inequalities

3.45-4.45 Conclusion: Historical Lessons for the Localism Debate?

Please register to attend this event.

Refreshments will be available in the South Courtyard Cafe' area.

Admission: Free to attend but registration is required, using the link below

Contact: Martin Gorsky
More information:
File: About the Symposium.pdf

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