The end of the gig economy?

The ruling that Uber drivers should be classed as employees rather than self-employed contractors is the latest development in a long-running debate about the nature of the flexible workforce in the UK. The growth of the so-called ‘gig economy’, whereby workers are contracted on a temporary basis or for short-term or flexible engagement, has meantRead more

The path to accelerated access

Earlier this week we saw Sir Hugh Taylor publish the long awaited final report of the Accelerated Access Review. For many working in the industry and this policy area, there will be an acute sense of deja-vu. We’ve seen successive governments grapple to accelerate access for NHS patients to innovative medicines and technologies; it seemsRead more

This data is interesting – but what can we do with it?

When Google released data on Theresa May-related searches last week, to celebrate her 100 days in office, a few people raised an all-too-familiar question. It goes something like this: “Ooh, that’s quite interesting – but what can we do with it?” This is a question which any communications professional who has introduced analytics to aRead more

The innovation challenge: a matter of location, location, location?

From “prizes” to “exchanges”, “Expos” to “scorecards” and everything in between, national innovation initiatives have always been at the forefront of the health service transformation agenda. But who and what really drives innovation? And how can the health service ensure that new solutions are adopted in a way that truly transforms the NHS and bringsRead more

A rise in political risk

Political risk has long been a service that many investors have only looked to when analysing potential threats or opportunities in emerging markets. There are numerous political consultants across London and Washington offering their views on the impact of the attempted coup in Turkey or analysis of piracy in the Indian Ocean. At the sameRead more

The Brexit Fightback

Last week saw scrutiny of the Government’s plans for Brexit really kick into gear. MPs got the chance to debate Brexit in detail, whilst Labour launched its plan to pose 170 questions to the Government on the UK’s future outside the EU (one for every day between now and the triggering of Article 50). Meanwhile,Read more

Westminster Advisers supports World Mental Health Day

On Monday evening, Westminster Advisers supported a World Mental Health Day event run by Talk for Health, a social enterprise teaching therapeutic talking skills to promote mental wellbeing. Highlights included a discussion with Talk for Health’s patron, the fabulously well-dressed, Turner award-winning artist Grayson Perry, and hearing about the personal experiences of service users whoRead more