By Rachel Allan, Delivery Director, ZPB Associates Some years ago, when I worked in central government, a newly-fledged civil servant who had joined from the private sector complained to me that success in her role alluded her. There were no sales figures or shareholders. Instead, she was grappling with the mystery of public service. To the indoctrinated, it was clear what success was: delivery of the policy in a way which aligned to the changing politics which surrounded it.
By Rachel Allan, senior account director, ZPB STPs – Sustainability and Transformation plans (or partnerships) are the initiative du jour. Developed as a vehicle to support, and more recently, implement the Five Year Forward View, they are either hailed as the answer to all ills or a slightly odd collection of vanguards, ACOs, ACSs and well-meaning local initiatives. The future for STPs looks unsure with Labour stating in their manifesto they would ‘halt and review’ them and
Thursday night saw the gathering of innovators, entrepreneurs, inventors and product developers at the 10 Digital Ladies in Healthtech event held at WeWork South Bank. ZPB’s CEO, Zoe Bedford, spoke at the event which looked at how the private sector, SMEs/ start-ups are working with public sector bodies such as the NHS to transform how we manage our health, and access services such as GPs and our personal records. For those that didn’t manage to make it here are our top 10 ti
The New York Times best selling author needs no introduction in the world of digital health, but for those of you who have been living in a cave, Dr Wachter is a Professor and Associate Chair of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and the author of The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age. At a time of widespread frustration at the slow pace of adoption of technology in UK healthcare, The Digital Doctor takes you on a
By Zoe Bedford There’s no money. The market is prone to political interference. There are sudden and often unclear changes in the balance of power. The customer frequently doesn’t know what they want or why, and the sector is subject to intense scrutiny by media and a powerful anti-privacy lobby. This is a hard market. On the other hand, the sustainability of not just the NHS but most of the developed world’s health economies lies, in part, on health tech. And that is qui
Anyone seen a revolution? According to the rhetoric from NHS leaders, there’s a revolution going on in health technology. But far from the land of opportunity, the cold hard reality is it is very difficult to get your innovation adopted by the NHS. To succeed – and many don’t – you’ll need a positive attitude, a patient investor and a plan. Oh, and you had better be willing to wear out your shoe leather because you’ll need to meet a lot of NHS managers up and down the country
By Alex Kafetz Over the years the NHS has been used to strategies, plans and even a couple of roadmaps, but today gets its first forward view. Simon Stevens has published the NHS Five Year Forward View, a joint publication by NHS England, Public Health England and the regulators, but it has Stevens’ blueprint all over it after six months in the job. It’s a statement of intent from an organisation that still needs to convince the NHS (and perhaps itself) that it has a long-ter
If you were one of the hardy health sector professionals braving the March rain for ZPB’s Expo run at the NHS Innovation Expo this year, you’ll be pleased to hear we’re dusting off our running shoes once again. This time it’s for the Foundation Trust Network’s Annual Conference and Exhibition 2014, for which we’ve just launched the FTN Fringe, and the #FTNrun is just one of the fun things we’re organising alongside networking breakfasts, drinks parties and other events. With
Is the NHS broken? If so, who should fix it? These are the questions being asked in policy-making circles right now after four recent events added to the confusion: 1. NHS is number 1 A report by the Commonwealth Fund analysing the best healthcare systems in the world has ranked the NHS number one, above countries such as Sweden and Canada – long held up as exemplars of good healthcare provision. 2. NHS is broke to the tune of £2bn The new top ranking however, was swiftly jux
ZPB has recently taken up a new role managing the so-called network of networks – the collective name for the fifteen Academic Health Science Networks – which is chaired by Rachel Munton, managing director of Eastern AHSN. We are always excited to acquire a new client, but this feels like a particularly significant milestone. AHSNs bring together NHS, academia, the private sector and other external partners. Our business is founded on a belief in the capacity of different sec
We’re delighted to announce five new projects, which we’ll be working on through the spring and summer. Continuing our ambition to help the private and public sectors work together in healthcare we have expanded our portfolio across private, public and not-for-profit with new projects that involve thought leadership, strategy, marketing and connecting people. In the coming months we will be: • Working with an American SME on their market entry strategy as they seek to bring a
One for the diaries: Health tech conference Health 2.0 Europe has announced that the next conference will be in London on November 10-12 2014. The conference attracts hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, clinicians, NHS and private sector suppliers for thought-provoking discussion and the cross pollination of ideas. Health 2.0 is considering applications to speak or demo a product, get in touch before July 15 2014 at 5pm. Last year’s London conference 4th annual Health 2.0 E
By Hilary Rowell, Director This evening the inimitable Jocelyn Cornwell formally launches a new independent charity, The Point of Care Foundation, with the help of a report created by us at ZPB. Staff Care: how to engage staff in the NHS and why it matters puts the case for the NHS to do a better job of caring for and supporting its own staff. Not just because it’s a nice thing to do, but because the case is so strong on grounds of the quality of patient care and NHS outcomes
Austerity and mortality were the twin tracks taken by this year’s Dr Foster Hospital Guide, which was once again edited by Alex Kafetz from ZPB. The Guide looks at how money has been spent on behalf of populations now looked after by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and found some areas where spending on less effective operations has risen whilst spending on more effective operations has fallen. It also examined care at the weekends and focussed on middle aged patients wi
Monday: the inaugural ‘Not the Healthcare Awards’ for the Cambridge Health Network, involving over 100 of healthcare’s finest in their finery.
Tuesday: 80 of London’s information governance professionals gather to pool their brainpower and plan action to make a reality of Caldicott2.
Tuesday: NHS England’s ‘market-making’ day bringing together 200 NHS trusts, suppliers and SMEs to focus on open source and e-prescribing solutions.
Friday: the Dr Foster Hospital Guide goes l
The tech fund will happen and successful NHS trusts will have a busy Christmas and New Year period. This was the assurance given by NHS England’s national director of Patients and Information, Tim Kelsey at a “market making” day for external organisations wishing to work with the NHS on eprescribing and open source projects. The event, hosted by Kelsey and his deputy Beverley Bryant, and part organised by ZPB, brought together 60 NHS trusts, 20 SMEs and 29 larger suppliers to
We’re feeling pretty inspired this week after seeing the latest in mobile tech and apps being showcased at the Health 2.0 Europe conference. We saw sensors and trackers, a teddy bear that measures children’s vital signs, Fitbits and Tictracs, and remote systems for clinical decision-making. The energy was contagious and you couldn’t help but feel optimistic about the future for these entrepreneurs. Tim Kelsey, Geraint Lewis, Chief Data Officer and Alex Abbott, Chief Technolog
By Hilary Rowell, director, ZPB What a warm welcome Simon Stevens has received from the twitterati – so far. There’s still plenty of time for the naysayers to get stuck in, as they most certainly will, because there’s nothing that the denizens of the NHS village like more than having a pop at a big cheese. What we need to acknowledge is that Stevens is taking on the near-impossible task of reconciling shrinking budgets with expanding demand and managing political noise while
If you like an occasional flutter but are fed up with the usuals bets on Royal Baby names, horses or of course the latest Dr Who, you might be pleased to know that Paddy Power and William Hill have just published their odds on who will replace Sir David Nicholson as the next Chief Executive of the NHS. Some of the contenders include; Mike Farrar – Chief Executive of NHS Confederation
3/1 on William Hill
7/1 on Paddy Power
Farrar certainly has a lot of experience of leadersh
Roger Taylor from Dr Foster Intelligence was recently featured on the BBC Health news website, writing on the changing culture around the NHS. Taylor states that in the past, “there has been a culture in the NHS, which at best aims to reassure the public and at worst seeks to conceal failings.” But whilst the NHS are getting better at saving lives and not worse, despite what the statistics might suggest, Taylor believes there is an increasing recognition that the poor quality
Trust, values, loyalty, courage, act, balance, simple, lean, compete and truth – the ten words that guide successful management according to Terry Leahy, former CEO of Tesco. Looking at recent NHS events, from the failure of the board at Mid-Staffs, to the start of GP-led commissioning, how many of these words hold true in the past, present and future of the NHS? The HSJ has picked up on the release of Sir Terry Leahy‘s new book Management in ten words. He makes clear his cri
The NHS can, at times, be a complicated and confusing organisation, particularly when there are large structural changes like those that have occurred recently. To clarify who’s who within the NHS, The King’s Fund have put together this helpful animation dubbed ‘An alternative guide to the new NHS in England’. (Source: http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/) #NHS #TheKingsFund #ZPBAssociates
After eight months of work, Tuesday evening saw the launch of our major new report that investigates how the NHS and private sector can form effective partnerships. Under the guidance of Sir William Wells, we convened a group of leading figures to discuss the why, the what and the how of public-private joint working to produce “Partnerships for Health Outcomes. Modernising health sector procurement: making partnerships work between the public, private and third sectors.” Our
Last night saw the beginning of the exciting ZPB – CHN partnership, with the much anticipated exclusive Tim Kelsey event – “Making the NHS the best customer service in the world”. Over the course of the evening Tim, the new National Director for Patients and Information in the NHS, presented a “first look” into his proposed work programme, discussing his plans for increasing transparency, data and participation. His talk was followed by an extended Q&A session, with questions