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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Localism, Devolution and Transformation: What Can We Learn From History?

This symposium will bring together historians and policy makers to ask what we can learn from 20th century British history about the decentralisation of health powers and the local reform agenda. Greater devolution has been common ground in public policy in recent years, currently to regions and local authorities - with devo-Manc and STPs at the forefront of peoples' minds.

With keynote speakers including:

  • Nick Timmins, Senior Fellow, King's Fund

  • Lord Peter Smith

  • Candace Imison, Director of Policy, Nuffield Trust

  • Prof. Rudolf Klein, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, University of Bath

  • Prof. Gerald Wistow, Visiting Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science


10.30 Registration

11.00 - 11.15 Opening remarks:

  • Introduction: contemporary. Place and local decision-making in the NHS today – the devolution and STP agendas.

  • Introduction: historical. Outlining chronology of the local and national in the administrative structure of the British health system; purpose of day.

11.15 - 12.15 Session 1 Before the NHS: Why Didn't We Get A Local Government NHS?

12.15 - 1.15 Session 2 A National Service: What has been the ‘N’ in NHS?

1.15 - 2.00 LUNCH

Session 3 Local decision-making, national issues - the long view

2.00 - 2.45 Part 1: The Balance of Care: The Politics Of Hospital Re-Organisations?

2.45 - 3.45 Part 2: Beyond the NHS: The Health/Social Care Boundary And Public Health

3.45 - 4.00 BREAK

4.00 - 5.00 Concluding Remarks: Historical Lessons for the Localism Debate?

Organised by the London School of Hygeine & Tropical Medicine Centre for History on Public Health, in tandem with the Institute of Public Policy Research. Sponsored by the Wellcome Trust.

Refreshments will be available in the South Courtyard Cafe' area.

Admission: Free to attend but registration is required (here). Registration for this event has now closed but if you have any queries, please contact Harry on the details below.

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