Beyond more doctors: new roles must drive a health system for the future

Katharine Langford
Friday, 7 October 2016 - 4:17pm

Last week Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, committed to training 1500 more doctors every year. Although a significant and welcome investment in the NHS, this feels very much like last year's speech at the Conservative Party Conference (at that point David Cameron was pledging a 7-day service) with the Government essentially promising more of the same for our health service.

So, what's wrong with more of the same?

Of course we need more doctors — more GPs, more geriatricians, more emergency medicine specialists. But doctors are only part of what makes a...

Social Prescribing: Making it Happen

Chloe Grahame
Tuesday, 26 July 2016 - 10:39am

Last month, to mark the launch of a guide on Asset Based Care that we developed for the Greater Manchester Public Health Network, we hosted a webinar, bringing together panellists from three pioneers of social prescribing-...

If we want to be able to see real improvement in education, we need to decide what we believe about ability

Amelia Peterson
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 - 5:02pm

Today the Education DataLab released findings that for schools who responded early to the EBacc changes and entered more students for those subjects, their students performed better at GCSE and have seen an improvement in post-16 attainment. These are certainly the moves we hope to see more of. But Conor Ryan of the Sutton Trust has already pointed out that, while these results are encouraging, the schools in this early mover group only raised numbers taking EBacc subjects to just under 50% – not up to the government’s target of 90%. Ryan suggests that the report therefore indicates that...