Pharma, Brexit and the Industrial Strategy: a lasting relationship or a brief affair?

“It is hard to think of an industry of greater strategic importance to Britain than its pharmaceutical industry”. These were Theresa May’s words on the Prime Ministerial campaign trail in July 2016, and they were echoed last week in a leaked government document listing pharma as a high priority industry in the wake of Brexit.Read more

Adult social care – finding the opportunity amidst the risk

2016 was a year of surprises, not least for the British Government. With unprecedented international political challenges in the form of Brexit and Trump, it is perhaps inevitable that domestic policies have taken a back seat. Adult social care is a prime example. Playing second fiddle not only to Brexit but also, historically, the NHS,Read more

Workforce woes? Political risk and the UK labour market

Something of a political football during both 2015’s general election campaign and this year’s EU referendum, immigration has become a red line for government. In seeking to boost her Brexit credentials and win political ground from Labour and UKIP (despite having failed to reduce net migration during her six-year stint as Home Secretary) Theresa MayRead 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

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

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