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On 11 February, the UK government published a White Paper on Health and Care setting out the latest steps to reform parts of the NHS in England. 

This webinar analysed the major changes proposed, in particular, plans to develop a more integrated approach to care and increase the powers of the Secretary of State.  

Our panel gave their take on what the plans might mean, focusing on how they fit into short term recovery from the pandemic and longer run development of the NHS. 

Using the button below you can download a copy of the slides presented by Hugh Alderwick in this webinar.

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Bio to follow.

Author of assorted publications for The Health Foundation and other think tanks including Glaziers and Window Breakers: Former Health Secretaries in their Own Words which includes a brief history of the management of the NHS, along with Never Again? and The World’s Biggest Quango which, respectively, chart the creation and first five years of NHS England. Other publications include the award winning The Five Giants: A Biography of the Welfare State, which tells its story from Beveridge to 2017, and reviews of the state of, and views, on the NHS for its 60th and 65th anniversaries.

A senior fellow at the King’s Fund and the Institute for Government, Nick is also a visiting professor in social policy at the London School of Economics and an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. From 1996 to 2011 he was Public Policy Editor at the Financial Times, having worked previously for Nature, the Press Association, The Times and The Independent.

Nick Timmins


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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