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Professor Mark Exworthy: Inaugural Professorial Lecture

G15 - Muirhead Lecture Theatre
Research, Social Sciences
Wednesday 28th January 2015 (17:30-18:30)
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Places are limited so online registration  is necessary.

For further details, contact: Evelina Balandyte,

Just managing: Is the NHS in crisis again?


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Professor Exworthy has previously held posts at Southampton University, London School of Economics (LSE), University College London (UCL), Oxford Brookes and Royal Holloway University of London. He was also a Harkness Fellow in health care policy, based at University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) (funded by the Commonwealth Fund of New York). Professor Exworthy is also currently a Visiting Professor at the University of California-San Francisco.

This lecture examines the ways in which the NHS is 'managed', using three contrasting perspectives.

  • First – managing NHS reform. The NHS is regularly portrayed as being in a state of crisis and in frequent need of 'reform'. Such reforms would suggest that the NHS is only 'just managing' to meet the apparently rising demands and expectations of the public with reduced resources.
  • Second - managers and management. The NHS is subject to claims of being over-managed - too much bureaucracy, too many managers. Yet, situated between government policy and local pressures, NHS managers continue to play a critical role in marshalling limited resources to deliver a health system which was recently ranked as best in the (Western) world. Nonetheless, NHS managers need to strike a balance between the local innovation and the equity of a national health service.
  • Third - managing doctors. Managing medical staff has often been problematic, as doctors have either not been challenged enough or efforts have been too heavy-handed. New approaches are emerging, pointing a new bargain between doctors and managers which, in turn, can promote better care.

Examining the NHS through these perspectives, offers a more nuanced assessment and indicates the ways in which the NHS might respond to future crises over the coming years.

We look forward to seeing you at Professor Exworthy's Inaugural Lecture. As places are limited, please book early. If we can be of any assistance, please do get in touch.

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