NHS Improvement & Health Foundry – Day 2

After yesterday’s pub tour was survived, everyone arrived in time in front of the NHS Improvement building in the morning. Everybody could get a first overview of the development of the English health care system after the Security Check. The pre-briefing about the upcoming daily routine was followed by a labyrinth-like corridor system leading the students into the meeting room.
The presentations contained the following topics:

  • Pricing, Funding and the National Tariff
  • Regulation of oversight
  • Economics and Competition in the NHS
  • NHS Providers: Strong Providers, Collaborations and groups and smaller acute providers

In the late afternoon the journey continued to the Health Foundry, where an impression of the world of Tech Health start ups was given.

The contrast between the rigid structures of the NHS and the entrepreneurial spirit of the Health Foundry could not be overlooked. These two different worlds should work more closely together in the future to overcome the big challenges of the english health system. As different as the NHS and the Health Foundry may seem, they agree at least on one point: the prevention should be given more attention!

Do more with less – the NHS in a nutshell

Beautiful view from the tower bridge

Monday morning 10.30am: the 14 students of the MSc Health Economics and Healthcare Management kicked off their study trip with an introductory meeting. Everyone made it safely to the meeting after some have suffered from delays, cancelled flights and involuntary train trips to London.
The class is now looking forward to an interesting week that will give them the opportunity to have a peek into the English healthcare system.

But before the first point of the agenda, we enjoyed the nice weather and had a stroll along the bank of the Thames river.

Visit NHS England

4 key note speakers took us on a whistle stop tour through the NHS. After an intense 3 hours, the take home messages for the class were:

  • British people are very proud of their free national health care system
  • The NHS is a super complex, chaotic and intertwined organisation
  • Brexit has a huge impact on workforce planning, as in London 25% of nurses are from the EU
  • Mental health problems are a key issue that the NHS is trying to tackle in collaboration with the population and local authorities

The day was rounded off by a Pub visit and dinner at the “Mercato Metropolitano” Food Market near Elephant & Castle.