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Health Adviser

Health Adviser is an industry publication, produced by DAC Beachcroft, providing insight, foresight and thought-provoking features and articles that provide practical solutions for the issues of the day, for health and social care professionals.

Welcome to the latest series of Health Adviser, January 2021

It will come as no surprise that, at this time of enforced adaptation and transformation, Health Adviser is focusing on the macro theme of the ‘next normal’ in healthcare. The impact of Covid-19 extends far beyond our sector, but we are uniquely positioned in being the ‘front line’ of this pandemic. The provision of healthcare and attitudes towards health and care are both impacting, and being impacted by, Covid-19.

But how is this manifesting itself, and what comes next?

In the last edition of Health Adviser, we talked about the excellence of our UK healthcare services and recognising its active efforts to be the safest health service in the world. Since then, of course, those two statements have been put to the test more than at any other moment in recent memory. In a truncated timeframe, leadership figures have been forced to adapt at a rate and on a scale that has never been seen before. It has been, and continues to be, a test like no other.

The strain that the Covid-19 pandemic has thrust upon healthcare systems around the wider world has caused a radical reset of priorities and longer-term planning. In response, healthcare providers both public and private have come together to unite against the existential threat of a global virus that jeopardises patient health, safety and wellbeing, as well as having a crippling effect on national and global economies.

As we saw in the wake of the global financial crisis, those economic shockwaves guarantee that the healthcare fallout from coronavirus will last long into the future. As with any shock event, there are phases of response. Initial fire-fighting and emergency frameworks begin to make way for roadmaps to recovery, but the combination of new, Covid-related (or Covid-accelerated) issues and a patient backlog that has stacked up due to the redirection of resource and effort mid-pandemic, means new thinking is required.

With this in mind, we analyse the coming crises in mental health, impacting both patients and the workforce, and the capacity conundrum associated with waiting lists that stand in the millions. The size of the task must not be underestimated. But there are encouraging signs.

In many ways, the crisis has provided the opportunity for us to showcase a spirit of innovation and appetite for adaptation – the benefits of which will not only assist in short-term resilience building, but extend far beyond into the ‘next normal’.

We therefore also explore how collaboration, culture and mindsets, technological uptake and removal of bureaucracy are impacting everything from MedTech to infrastructure, and look at the lessons learned from the approaches of national and international leadership figures.

With the help of a range of specialists from public and private healthcare, policymaking, the law and academia, as well as non-healthcare sector specialists, we hope this collection provides insight to see through the mist, foresight to inform decisions around ‘what comes next’, and the practical solutions to turn the creative thinking and mindset for innovation that 2020 has brought, into tangible outcomes that benefit patients and healthcare workers alike.

  Nigel Montgomery, Head of Health

 

Articles & newsletters (33)

The future patient experience and what this means for infrastructure

The future patient experience and what this means for infrastructure

26 January 2021

Mirage or oasis? Navigating rapid changes in the digital landscape

Mirage or oasis? Navigating rapid changes in the digital landscape

12 January 2021

The rise of the integrated care system

The rise of the integrated care system

08 April 2020

NHS Charities: An Untapped Resource

NHS Charities: An Untapped Resource

24 September 2019

Split Sites: Divide and Conquer?

Split Sites: Divide and Conquer?

12 September 2019

How MedTech is revolutionising healthcare

How MedTech is revolutionising healthcare

27 June 2019

NHS safety: top of the world

NHS safety: top of the world

19 June 2019

The NHS Long Term Plan balancing act

The NHS Long Term Plan balancing act

11 June 2019

How workforce planning is posing the biggest threat to the NHS

How workforce planning is posing the biggest threat to the NHS

05 June 2019

Health Adviser: Issue 20

Health Adviser: Issue 20

23 May 2019

Can mental health support teams help with the surge in demand for services within UK schools?

Can mental health support teams help with the surge in demand for services within UK schools?

23 May 2019

CANH withdrawal: who decides?

CANH withdrawal: who decides?

05 November 2018

Digital innovation in the NHS

Digital innovation in the NHS

05 November 2018

What impact are emergencies having on the health sector?

What impact are emergencies having on the health sector?

05 November 2018

What does a ‘no deal Brexit’ really mean for the health sector?

What does a ‘no deal Brexit’ really mean for the health sector?

05 November 2018

Outsourcing in the NHS in the wake of Carillion

Outsourcing in the NHS in the wake of Carillion

08 June 2018

How Freedom to Speak Up Guardians are giving health sector staff a voice

How Freedom to Speak Up Guardians are giving health sector staff a voice

04 June 2018

How the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman is revamping the complaints process

How the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman is revamping the complaints process

04 June 2018

What the new NHS estate strategy means for the health sector

What the new NHS estate strategy means for the health sector

24 April 2018

Hospital staff-led innovation will increase retention

Hospital staff-led innovation will increase retention

20 October 2017

Unlocking value in NHS estate management

Unlocking value in NHS estate management

20 October 2017

Recruiting for a post-Brexit world

Recruiting for a post-Brexit world

02 October 2017

Will this new NHS estates management model improve trust efficiency?

Will this new NHS estates management model improve trust efficiency?

04 May 2017

Slotting into place

Slotting into place

23 September 2016

First practical guidance on how to successfully implement new models of care

First practical guidance on how to successfully implement new models of care

25 July 2016

Unlocking the value of NHS estates with Strategic Estates Partnerships (SEP)

Unlocking the value of NHS estates with Strategic Estates Partnerships (SEP)

08 June 2016

Greater integration between NHS providers challenges EU public procurement rules

Greater integration between NHS providers challenges EU public procurement rules

08 June 2016

NHS CEO Paul Mears on generating a new model of care in South Somerset

NHS CEO Paul Mears on generating a new model of care in South Somerset

08 June 2016

Health Adviser Issue 14

Health Adviser Issue 14

06 June 2016

Sir Jonathan Michael: Future-proofing the NHS

Sir Jonathan Michael: Future-proofing the NHS

22 October 2015

Status quo: CQC regulation

Status quo: CQC regulation

16 October 2015

Candour, complaints and litigation

Candour, complaints and litigation

29 September 2015

Capitation and integrating healthcare

Capitation and integrating healthcare

19 June 2015

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