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.

 

 

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