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Webinar: The future of the NHS — what do the public think?

Thursday 23 May 2024, 10.15–11.30

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A general election is approaching and the NHS will be at the heart of the debate. The next government will need to address fundamental questions about the future of the NHS in England, grounded in an understanding of what the public wants and expects.  

Working with Ipsos, we carried out a series of deliberative workshops with members of the public and, together with the latest wave of our polling, captured unique insights and a deeper understanding of how the public are feeling about the NHS and some of the key policy issues for the next government.

We were joined by a panel of experts for an overview and discussion of some of the key questions we explored, including:

  • Do the public have faith in the current model for the NHS?
  • Are the public willing to increase funding for the NHS, and where do they think resources should be directed?  
  • How can the government gain the public's confidence in their plans? 


Kate is a Research Director leading health policy research at Ipsos, including a focus on public perceptions of the NHS. Her 18 years of research on public perceptions has included both qualitative and quantitative research with the public to understand their perceptions of the state of the NHS, the challenges it faces and how they think it should be improved. She has covered a wide range of topics such as access and quality, how the public feel about NHS staff, and their views of funding for the NHS. Through this, she brings an understanding of the implications of public perceptions for services, policies and communications.

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Tim Gardner is Assistant Director of Policy at the Health Foundation.

Tim joined the Health Foundation in 2014. He works in the policy team, which works to analyse, understand, and inform national policies on health and social care in England.

Before he joined the Health Foundation, Tim spent over ten years at the Department of Health and Social Care working on policy and legislation in a variety of roles. This included work on NHS strategy, health and social care integration and the Government's response to the Francis Inquiry. Prior to that, he worked on NHS performance across a range of areas including primary care, cancer and mental health. He was also Secretary to the Departmental and NHS Management Boards and an Assistant Private Secretary to the Chief Medical Officer.

Tim has also spent time at NHS England and NHS Improvement, as well three years working on children's social care policy at the Department for Education. He has an MSc in Health Policy from Imperial College London.

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Richard Sloggett is the Founder and Programme Director of Future Health. He was previously a Senior Fellow at Westminster’s leading think tank Policy Exchange and from 2018-19 was Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. Richard is a regular commentator in the national media on health and social care including in The Times, Telegraph, Financial Times, Economist and on Times Radio and LBC. He has been named as one of the top 100 people in UK healthcare policy by the Health Service Journal. 

During his time with the Secretary of State, Richard worked across Whitehall, the NHS and local government on major policy decisions including the NHS Long Term Plan, the creation of NHSX and the Prevention Green Paper. He also supported Ministers on global healthcare issues including preparations for the G7 and action on antimicrobial resistance. He has fifteen years’ experience in public policy and healthcare, starting his career in Parliament before a successful career in public affairs where he led a team of 20 to the prestigious Communique Public Affairs Team of the Year Award. 

Richard is undertaking his doctoral thesis in preventative healthcare systems at Liverpool University. He has a Masters Degree with Distinction from the University of Nottingham and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Durham. 

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Ruth Thorlby joined the Health Foundation in February 2017 as Assistant Director (Policy).

Before joining the Health Foundation, Ruth was Deputy Director of Policy at the Nuffield Trust, where she worked on a range of research and policy analysis, including a study of the impact of the Francis Report on acute hospitals; an evaluation of using volunteers to reduce older people’s risk of emergency admission from hospital and the access and quality of social care for older adults.

Prior to the Nuffield Trust, Ruth worked at the King’s Fund, looking at the impact of NHS reform on the quality of services, and inequalities in access to care. In 2008–2009 she was a Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy and Practice, based at Harvard Medical School, where she conducted research on the use of race and ethnicity data to improve the quality of care.

Ruth spent fifteen years as a broadcast journalist at the BBC World Service, before leaving to do an MSc in Social Policy at the London School of Economics. 

Ruth Thorlby, Assistant Director of Policy at the Health Foundation

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