3rd March 2020

Carers and Employment

In Partnership with Carers UK

The impact of unpaid caring on the everyday life of working age people is a critical and growing issue in society. As retirement age rises, people live for longer, and social care options are reduced, many of us may find ourselves providing unpaid care for a family member or friend during our working lives. This can have severe consequences, including a struggle to balance work with caring commitments, which may lead to stress-induced health problems and ultimately voluntary or involuntary loss of employment.
Caring also impacts employers and the state through loss of skilled workers and associated revenue, as well as costs associated with recruitment and unplanned absences. Through advocacy by Carers UK and Employers for Carers, policymakers and employers have begun to implement change to improve carers’ rights and available support in the workplace but more needs to be done.

To read the full consultation report click here.

1st October 2019

AI & Healthcare

We explored the potential benefits of applying AI in healthcare, as well as the risks to be faced. AI, as you know has huge implications for medical practitioners and patients alike. It has, for example, the potential to offer innovative solutions to longstanding challenges faced by the NHS by empowering patients to take more responsibility for their own care, so reducing pressure on an overstretched health system.

However, its use also comes with great risks: protection of patient data and the inclusivity of healthcare are just two areas of concern. How can the NHS best weigh the benefits and risks to ensure that all patients have access to the best possible healthcare within a system they can trust? What are the systemic changes facing healthcare provision? What are the attitudinal shifts required by providers and users? During our twenty-four hours together, we will look at how best to harness the potential of AI in healthcare from these and other angles.

The full report from the consultation can be read here

4th September 2019

Challenges for a world where drugs are legally regulated

In partnership with Transform Drugs

Managing the production, supply and use of illicit drugs is one of the most pressing issues facing global policymakers. Despite a continued commitment to the enforcement of prohibition in most of the world, drug markets continue to expand and countries are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of drug-related deaths. At the same time, the violence associated with the illicit drugs trade has continued to grow, with devastating consequences for some of the most vulnerable communities on the planet. 

This consultation bought together a range of international, cross-disciplinary experts to consider the ‘what ifs’ of a post-legalisation landscape. It did not dwell on the arguments for and against legal regulation, but rather considered the challenges and opportunities as reform becomes more widespread. They were seeking the broadest possible range of views, and consideration of the widest range of  actors. They want to move beyond some of the familiar debates about individual rights or the ineffectiveness of current policy to ask what we would need to be prepared for as policy changes. How might it affect the economy? How might we assess benefits and harm? How might we protect vulnerable communities in the developing world? How can we ensure policy protects public health?

The discussion opened the space for a fruitful and constructive exchange of views about the realities of promoting health and social justice in a world where drugs were legally regulated. By doing so, they hope to better inform the current debate on drug policy and ensure that, as things move forward, all the key issues are taken into consideration.

The full report from the consultation can be read here

Impacting Learning Outcomes Through Space Design
21st February 2019

Impacting Learning Outcomes Through Space Design: Methods for Now and the Future

In partnership with Herman Miller

Participants explored the notion that active learning spaces and respective pedagogies directly impact learning outcomes. These outcomes are typically considered in, for example, the areas of progress in student grades, user satisfaction, and sustainable design. Participants will however also investigate learning space design and its impact on student skills development, and how we can best evidence and present this at our organisations and universities.


A doctor holding a sign saying obesity
3rd June 2016

A Roadmap for Tackling Childhood Obesity

Co-ordinating research on prevention within and across countries

In collaboration with the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

The prevalence of obesity and related chronic health conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers, continues to increase worldwide, despite widespread recognition of their enormous humanitarian and economic costs. Attempts to combat the epidemic in adults have met with disappointing results.

Obesity in infancy and childhood is rising rapidly and is of particular concern as it is a harbinger of adult obesity and adverse life-long health; therefore protecting children must be an urgent global priority.

A new approach to tackling the early life origins of overweight and obesity based upon the preconception, pregnancy and childhood periods, as well as addressing the obesogenic environment, would be visionary and potentially highly effective, but requires implementation of a complex strategy. To discuss this concept, the consultation will brought together a range of international leaders from across a spectrum that included professional organisations, international agencies, policy developers, funding bodies and researchers in infant, childhood and adolescent obesity prevention.

An article discussing the findings from the consultation has been published in The British Medical Journal and can be read here.

7th March 2016

Digital Health: the way forward for health and care?

In partnership with Corsham Institute

The first consultation of four in the Corsham Institute 2016 Thought Leadership Programme

Digital Health is considered by many as the next critical development in health and care, and an imperative if we are to have a health and care system that is capable of meeting rising demand at a time of increasingly scarce resources.  The consultation therefore had the following objective:

How we can help people to have a better quality of life by maximising the potential of digital health in their health and care?

During the consultation this was explored by considering:

  • The imperative for adopting digital health and care solutions, and whether this is sufficiently defined or needs refinement?
  • The benefits which can be achieved through digital health and care, and the potential barriers which might prevent adoption
  • The cultural, financial and regulatory requirements needed to create a positive environment for the adoption of digital health and care solutions
  • An agenda for action and change which will support the change required.

The full report can be read here. Further information on these themes and the overall findings from the Programme is available in our Key Findings Report.

The NHS logo
30th November 2015

Redefining the UK’s Health Services

It is a truism to say that the NHS is under strain. Together, an ageing population demographic with all the attendant care costs, increases in public expectation, an expanding burden of non-communicable diseases, and technological/pharmaceutical advances create a burden which many believe cannot be sustainably met. As NHS England’s Five Year Forward View makes clear, ‘if the nation fails to get serious about prevention then recent progress in healthy life expectancies will stall, health inequalities will widen,

and our ability to fund beneficial new treatments will be crowded-out by the need to spend billions of pounds on wholly avoidable illness.’

For the first time public health physicians were joined by NHS executives and also by those ‘in the high-tech end of medicine’, in recognising the need for change. But what should this change look like? The consultation looked to find ways forward by bringing together a range of people from within the health sector and beyond.

A report of the consultation is available here.

A runner in the sunlight.
14th January 2013

Britain in the World: Health

To date in the Britain the World Series we have probed Britain’s global role in a number of areas: Science, Technology and Engineering; Trade and Industry; and Wealth. We now turned our attention to health matters.

Britain has long played a global role in health issues whether through medical research and development, overseas aid, academic training, disaster relief, and our role in the global pharmaceutical industry to name but a few areas of engagement.

The problems facing health globally are well-documented. However, it wasn’t the purpose of this consultation to redefine those problems. The purpose was to identify what we can do to make a difference over the next ten years and beyond.

The full report can be read here.