Manchester Policy Blogs: Health and social care
Policy analysis showcasing our strengths in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, health and life sciences.
Accountable Care Systems: Moving at a pace and scale that doesn’t allow us to learn from the immediate past?
4 December 2017
There is a current push to create Accountable Care Systems in the NHS, but does anyone really know what they are, exactly who will need to be involved in their creation, operation and oversight and have we yet learnt the lessons of previous models? asks Dr Anna Coleman. Accountable Care Systems (ACS) have been designed […]
Marking their own homework? The management of conflicts of interest in the NHS
9 November 2017
New research shows Clinical Commissioning Groups face challenges in managing conflicts of interest when commissioning primary care. Here, The University of Manchester’s Professor Katherine Checkland and Dr Imelda McDermott, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s Dr Valerie Moran and Dr Pauline Allen, reflect on their latest research into achieving effective governance arrangements […]
The forgotten welfare gap in older age
6 October 2017
As the winter months and colder weather approach, the University of Manchester’s Kingsley Purdam explains how welfare reform and austerity has affected the growing numbers of older people. Ongoing research into food insecurity shows older people are at risk of under-nutrition because of poverty, or because they don’t get the support they need to shop, […]
Hearing impairment: A modifiable risk for dementia?
4 September 2017
Dr Piers Dawes is a neuropsychologist from The University of Manchester. Piers’s research in dementia and hearing impairment is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. Piers is also part of the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre’s Hearing Health Theme, which covers prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hearing impairment across the […]
Is having any job at all better for your health and wellbeing than being unemployed?
15 August 2017
There are long held assumptions that taking any job is better for a person’s health and wellbeing than being unemployed. A study of over 1000 unemployed adults by Tarani Chandola, Professor of Medical Sociology at The University of Manchester, compared health and stress levels of those remaining unemployed and different quality jobs. The study revealed evidence that […]