In episode 37 of the National Health Executive podcast, we were joined by the former chair of the National Institute for Health and Car Excellence, Sir David Haslam, to discuss the current state of the NHS and whether it needs to be rebooted.
During the podcast, David discussed the piece he and David Pendleton, professor of leadership at Henley Business School, authored for the National Health Executive magazine, where he argues that the UK health sector needs to focus its financial support on bolstering primary care and community care on the one side, and social care on the other.
David said: “We came up with this vision: if you think of the health system like a bookshelf, you’ve got the hospitals as the big books on the shelf, but if your bookends aren’t working effectively then everything tumbles down. And the bookends at one end are primary care; the other end is social care.
“If both of those aren’t supported then the whole system is going to fall apart.”
Listen to the full podcast to hear David’s thoughts on prevention, the UK’s health spending and more about how leaders can rebalance the NHS for the future.