The UK government’s Spending Review will be published in late November.

Against a backdrop of economic uncertainty and a massive diversion of finance and resource towards combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, this event will reflect on what the government’s one-year spending review might mean for funding across health and social care.

On 3 December, we will host an expert panel to analyse and discuss:

  • the key headlines and fiscal implications of the Spending Review and the Office for Budget Responsibility’s economic and fiscal outlook 
  • the wider impacts on public health arising from the current economic outlook and what the Spending Review tells us about the prioritisation of the government’s ‘levelling-up’ agenda 
  • to what extent the Spending Review begins to address the essential, multi-term NHS and social care spending commitments that have been made so urgent and obvious by the pandemic. 

Speakers

Jagjit is the Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). 

Jagjit Chadha is an expert on financial markets and monetary policy, as well as economic and financial history. This means that much of his research has been focussed on money, inflation, interest rates and the banking sector, and how each of these areas has developed over time.

Jagjit Chadha

Anita Charlesworth is the Director of Research and REAL Centre (Research and Economic Analysis for the Long term) at the Health Foundation, and Honorary Professor in the College of Social Sciences at the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) at the University of Birmingham. 

Before joining the Health Foundation in May 2014, Anita was Chief Economist at the Nuffield Trust (2010–14) where she led the Trust’s work on health care financing and market mechanisms. Prior to that she had roles as Chief Analyst and Chief Scientific Advisor at DCMS (2007–10), Director of Public Spending at the Treasury (1998–2007), where she led the team working with Sir Derek Wanless on his 2002 reform of NHS funding and worked as an Economic Advisor at DH and for SmithKline Beecham pharmaceuticals.  She has worked as a non-executive director in the NHS – for Islington PCT (2007–2011) and The Whittington Hospital (2011–2016). As a director at the Foundation Anita provides independent unremunerated advice to a range of organisations. She was specialist advisor to the House of Lords' Select Committee on the long-term sustainability of the NHS and is providing independent review and advice as external expert adviser to the 2020 Number 10 and HM Treasury Health and Care Taskforce. Anita has been appointed Chair of OHE Policy Committee (2020) and is also a Commissioner for The Lancet Global Health Commission on Financing Primary Health Care. 

Anita has an MSc in Health Economics from the University of York and is a Trustee for Tommy’s, the baby charity, and also a Trustee for the Office of Health Economics. She was awarded a CBE in The Queen's 2017 Birthday Honours List for Services to Economics and Health Policy.

Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and Economics at the Health Foundation

Chris Giles became economics editor for the Financial Times in October 2004.

Prior to this, Chris previously served as a leader writer. His reporting beat covers global and UK economic affairs and he writes a UK economics column fortnightly. 

Before joining the FT as economics editor, he was an economics reporter for the BBC, worked for Ofcom, the telecommunications regulator and started his career with seven years as an economist for the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Chris loves numbers. 
 

Chris Giles

Chair

Dr Jennifer Dixon joined the Health Foundation as Chief Executive in October 2013.

Jennifer was Chief Executive of the Nuffield Trust from 2008 to 2013. Prior to this, she was Director of Policy at The King’s Fund and was the policy advisor to the Chief Executive of the National Health Service between 1998 and 2000. Jennifer has undertaken research and written widely on health care reform both in the UK and internationally.

Originally trained in medicine, Jennifer practised mainly paediatric medicine, prior to a career in policy analysis. She has a Master’s in public health and a PhD in health services research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 1990–91, Jennifer was a Harkness Fellow in New York.

Jennifer has served as a Board member on several national regulatory bodies: the Health Care Commission 2004–2009; the Audit Commission 2003–2012; and the Care Quality Commission 2013–2016. She has led two national inquiries for government: on the setting up of published ratings of quality of NHS and social care providers in England (2013); and on the setting up of ratings for general practices (2015). She was also a member of the Parliamentary Review Panel for the Welsh Assembly Government advising on the future strategy for the NHS and social care in Wales (2017–2018).

In 2009, Jennifer was elected a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and in 2019 was elected as a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. She was awarded a CBE for services to public health in 2013, and a Doctor of Science from Bristol University in 2016. She has held visiting professorships at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the London School of Economics, and Imperial College Business School.

Jennifer Dixon, Chief Executive of the Health Foundation

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