The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), one of the UK’s leading think tanks, has today published its white paper ‘Keeping Up with the Science: Innovation in The Health and Care System Post-Brexit’, in collaboration with Decideum.
The report highlights that while the need for innovations such as robotics and gene therapy to drive improvements in healthcare and health outcomes is broadly accepted, the UK is often too slow to adopt new technologies.
Drawing on our extensive experience helping healthcare innovators enter the UK market and navigate NHS commissioning, Decideum worked with IPPR on the event held last month in Westminster that shaped this report’s content.
Tapping into our wide network of political, academic and policy-maker key opinion leaders in the healthcare and life sciences arena, a really strong calibre of speakers and delegates ensured the depth and quality of the discussions were maintained.
While a healthy dose of cynicism and uncertainty about whether enough political will exists to get the NHS to the point where UK patients can benefit from cutting edge science, our experience of this event confirms that partnerships of this sort are the key to success.
In genuinely cross-party representation including Chair of NHS Confederation Stephen Dorrell, Lord Prior, Lord Darzi, and Jon Ashworth MP, it is clear there are plenty of opportunities to address the challenges faced by the NHS when it comes to the successful uptake and diffusion of innovation throughout the health system, even in the current financial context.
Encouraged by the potential of collaborations of this sort, Decideum is planning further activities together with our clients and other partners, to unearth new ideas and promote the thought leadership that will ultimately help the NHS meet the challenge of keeping up with the science.