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Emily Hough Director

Organisation: NEL Acute Alliance

  • Harkness Fellowship
Emily Hough

About me

Emily Hough is a 2021–22 UK Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.

She is currently Director of the Acute Provider Alliance for the NHS in North East London, where she supports collaboration across three NHS Trusts working to improve quality and access to care, with a focus on COVID-19 recovery.

Hough previously spent three years as Director of Strategy at NHS England and NHS Improvement, where she led a strategy team helping to solve some of the most complex problems facing the English health care system. She contributed to the development of the NHS Long Term Plan and the NHS Five Year Forward View, the most recent national strategies for the future of health care in England. She has overseen the delivery of national programmes looking at how the NHS can play a greater role in improving the wider social determinants of health, including NHS Healthy New Towns, Health and Work and the Greener NHS programme. Additionally, she established the programme to develop the 'NHS as an anchor institution', working in partnership with the Health Foundation to consider how health care can create social value in local communities.

Hough’s experience also includes advising the first NHS Trust Special Administrator and supporting the implementation of a major service reconfiguration in North Central London. She began her career as a management consultant, having studied Psychology at the University of Edinburgh.

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