The Health Foundation podcast Interviews with experts and high-profile guests discussing the most important issues affecting the future of health and care for people in the UK

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Our new podcast series looks at the most important issues affecting the future of health and care for people in the UK.

In each episode our chief executive Dr Jennifer Dixon interviews the leading minds in health and health care, and high-profile guests from politics and beyond, to get their views on the most topical issues and their implications for our health.

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From white coat to grey suit: should more clinicians manage the NHS? – with Dr Stephen Swensen and Dr Dominique Allwood

40 mins
24 August 2022

Episode 23. How can we support more clinicians to manage the NHS, and learn from those who already do it well?

A tale of two hospitals: the pandemic and its aftermath in Berlin and London – with Professor Heyo Kroemer and Professor Tim Orchard

28 July 2022

Episode 22. Professor Heyo Kroemer of the Charité in Berlin and Professor Tim Orchard of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London compare Germany and the U.K's health care systems in the wake o...

How the public thinks about health, and why it matters – with Dr Jacqui Dyer and John Hume

8 July 2022

Episode 21. Dr Jacqui Dyer from Black Thrive and John Hume from People’s Health Trust share their insight on public perceptions and community approaches to improving health.

Reforming health care: reflections from a former health minister – with Lord Norman Warner

26 May 2022

Episode 20. The NHS is experiencing an unusual set of pressures at the moment. Lord Norman Warner shares his insights and reflects on what might be ahead.

Will the rising cost of living be paid for by our health? – with Dame Clare Moriarty and Bim Afolami MP

22 April 2022

Episode 19. Will the rising cost of living be paid for by our health? And what more should government do to help?

Time to get tougher on the risk factors fraying our health? – with Professor Kevin Fenton and Richard Sloggett

4 April 2022

Episode 18. Is it time to get much tougher on the risk factors? And will politics allow national government to do what it takes? 

Tackling the drug problem in the UK and Portugal – with Dame Carol Black and Dr João Castel-Branco Goulão

25 February 2022

Episode 17. Like many countries, the UK has a growing drug problem. The UK government's approach is to tackle drugs as a criminal justice matter focused on punishment, rather than a public health matt...

Are businesses and investors really serious about improving our health?

24 January 2022

Episode 16. We often focus on government as the main agent to get things done – particularly when it comes to public health. But what about the role of business and investors in improving health?

That was the year that was: health policy in 2021 – with Lord Victor Adebowale and Hugh Alderwick

18 December 2021

Episode 15. In another year shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, we explore some key health policy developments and look ahead to what 2022 might have in store.

Are we seeing the decline of general practice, or its rebirth? – with Professor Katherine Checkland, Dr Rebecca Fisher and Shaun Lintern

22 November 2021

Episode 14. Even before the pandemic, rising workloads and workforce shortages had left many GPs dissatisfied and stressed. Then add a pandemic into the mix, with growing public frustration. Is this a...

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