About this event

  • Date and time Mon 15 May 2023 from 6:00pm to 7:45pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Public Engagement Programme

Free for all

As a health community, we find ourselves in a challenging situation. Healthy life expectancy has stagnated for all but the wealthiest, inequalities between the richest and poorest are rising and many of us are living ever more significant periods of our lives in poor health too. This manifests across the NHS with record waiting lists and worsening outcomes, leaving patients with falling satisfaction and placing unprecedented demand on professionals. This impacts not just the NHS but our nation and broader economy with the CBI estimating that poor health results in £300bn of lost economic activity annually.

Despite this, the solutions we are presented with rarely acknowledge the complex web of socioeconomic drivers influencing our current situation, instead focusing on siloed, short-term interventions to try and mitigate their immediate impact on the NHS. In this lecture, Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, will draw upon his experience in government and the NHS to examine what causes this siloed response and what needs to change across government to achieve the development of health policy that accounts for all drivers of healthy, prosperous and fulfilling lives.

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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction
The NHS’s 75th birthday present should be a real health policy

Mr Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, NHS Confederation

Question and answer session
Vote of thanks
Close of meeting
Drinks reception

All welcome


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Registration for this event will close on 14 May 2023 at 1:00am (BST). Late registrations will not be accepted.

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