Mental health: Keeping the future in mind

The public’s understanding of, and interest in, mental health has never been greater, something to be encouraged and acted upon. However, awareness doesn’t necessarily translate into the concrete policy change needed to improve such vital services. This week is Mental Health Awareness week, providing a perfect opportunity to reflect and take stock of the progressRead more

Facing the Change: What the Future Operating Model Means for Hospital Suppliers

NHS procurement is proving to be the ultimate rubix cube for policymakers tasked with knocking hundreds of millions of pounds from NHS spending figures. Despite progress being made towards Lord Carter’s vision for operational productivity – with news last week that the NHS Business Services Authority and NHS Supply Chain have met £300 million cash-releasingRead more

8 things you need to know about NICE’s changes to its appraisal process

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has this week published its updated guide to its health technology appraisal (HTA) process following two rounds of consultations over the last six months. The aim of these changes is to streamline and accelerate the appraisal process. This consultation process has been very low key andRead more

WA Communications expands growing health practice with two new hires

WA Health, the specialist healthcare arm of WA Communications, has announced the appointment of two new team members to bolster its growing practice. The new hires come off the back of several high-profile clients wins for the agency and exceptional growth in 2017. The health practice will be continuing to work closely with WA’s InvestorRead more

What to expect from stage 2 of the Childhood Obesity Strategy

“The ordinary human being would sooner starve than live on brown bread and raw carrots,” George Orwell. In Autumn 2015 I attended a meeting with then Public Health Minister Jane Ellison and a coalition of charity representatives. There, the Minister told attendees that if the upcoming Childhood Obesity Strategy delivered ‘everything but’ a sugar tax,Read more

Appraising vaccines in the UK – what’s worth a shot?

Ever since the first vaccination at the end of the 18th century (using fluid from a cowpox blister no less), the debate about vaccines has remained highly complex and emotive. The petition in the last parliament calling for wider access to the Meningitis B vaccination in the UK is the third largest petition the parliamentaryRead more