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Whose NHS? Citizens and public service reform

08/11/2012 (18:00-20:00)

Followed by reception. All welcome. Admission Free. No booking necessary.

To submit a question to the panel in advance please email oliver.heathrhul.ac.uk.


Public roundtable organised by the Centre for Social Sciences as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

The ‘Whose NHS?’ event brings together members of the public, policy advisers, health care professionals and social scientists to discuss and debate some of the key controversies in the ongoing process of health care reform in the UK.

Does choice and competition improve standards? Does choice create efficiency? Does choice create equitable outcomes? Who is able to exercise choice and who is not? Will the new NHS listen more to patients? Will the public see any difference in how they are treated?

The ‘Whose NHS?’ event will provide an opportunity for members of the public to participate directly in this debate, hear the arguments for and against reforms and ask questions to a panel of distinguished experts.


Dr Oliver Heath is Director of the Centre for Social Sciences, Royal Holloway, University of London and Senior Lecturer in Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations. His recent work examines public attitudes towards public service reform in Britain, and whether people want choice or a good local service. He is the author of Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills (Oxford University, 2012) and has published articles on different aspects of public opinion and citizen behaviour in journals such as British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research, Political Studies, Electoral Studies and Political Behaviour.

About the speakers

Professor Julian Le Grand is the Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics. From 2003 to 2005 he was seconded to No 10 Downing Street as Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister. He is currently Chairman of Health England: the National Reference Group for Health and Well Being for the UK Department of Health. He is the author, co-author or editor of eighteen books, and has written more than one hundred refereed journal articles and book chapters on economics, philosophy and public policy. His book, Motivation, Agency and Public Policy: of Knights and Knaves, Pawns and Queens (Oxford University Press, 2006), was described by the Economist as ‘short, accessible - and profound’.  He was one of Prospect magazine’s 100 top British public intellectuals, and one of the ESRC’s ten Heroes of Dissemination.

Candace Imison is Deputy Director of Policy at The King’s Fund. Candace came to The King’s Fund from the NHS where she was Director of Strategy in a large acute trust. She worked on strategy at the Department of Health between 2000 and 2006. She is currently a non-executive director of an acute trust in South West London. Candace has published on a wide range of topics including polyclinics, community health services, workforce planning and referral management.


Professor Mark Exworthy is Professor of Health Policy and Management in the School of Management at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research interests focus on health policy and management and his research has been funded by the ESRC, the NHS R&D programme, the Nuffield Trust, and the Commonwealth Fund of New York. His most recent book Shaping Health Policy Case Study Methods and Analysis (Policy Press, 2011) examines the role that case studies play in understanding and explaining British health policy. Overall it covers the key health policy literatures in terms of the policy process, analytical frameworks and some of the seminal moments of the NHS.


Andrew Liles is Chief Executive of Ashford and St Peters NHS Foundation Trust. Andrew joined the Trust in January 2009 from the Royal West Sussex NHS Trust, where he had been Chief Executive for three years. After University he was an NHS Management Trainee for 2 years, completing his training in 1992. Since then his career has progressed through general management and operational posts in acute NHS Trusts and Executive Director posts in Winchester, Southampton and Epsom and St Helier. Andrew is the Chief Executive lead for leadership and talent management for the NHS in the South East, is Chairman of the Surrey and Sussex Research Network and sits on the Board of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deanery.


Roy Lilley is an independent health policy analyst, writer, broadcaster and commentator on health and social issues. He has contributed to the Today Programme, Newsnight, the Midnight Hour, BBC News 24, BBC 5 Live, Channel 5 News, Sky, ITN and regional TV and radio programmes. He has written for the Guardian, Sunday Times, Telegraph and many national newspapers, journals and management periodicals including a regular column in Pharmaceutical Marketing magazine. He is the author of over twenty books on health and health service management. He was appointed a Trustee of the Patient Choice initiative. He was voted the top UK speaker in the Partnerships for Healthcare speaker survey.




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