UK Healthcare Policy: Britain's biggest health challenges

UK Healthcare Policy: Britain’s biggest health challenges


On 13th December Hanson Search hosted a panel event to discuss the UK Healthcare policy.

The UK health system is currently under immense pressure, with long wait times, lack of funding and staff shortages leading to delays in treatment for millions. There is unsustainable pressure on health and care services, and COVID has revealed many of the vulnerabilities in the health of our population from obesity to mental health. There is also the cost-of-living crisis affecting not only Britain’s wallets but will also having a huge effect on health, with families unable to afford to heat their homes or purchase healthy meals.

In this webinar hosted by Peter Ferguson, Senior Consultant at Hanson Search, our panel of experts discussed how the new government will navigate these issues and create a sustainable way forward.

Discussion Points

  • How can the government tackle delays and reduce wait times as a result of the pandemic?
  • COVID 19 revealed many vulnerabilities in the health of our nation from obesity to mental health. What new policies and incentives can the government bring in to help improve these areas?
  • With unsustainable pressure on health and social care services, how can the government look after our most vulnerable?
  • With the cost-of-living crisis how is the government going to look after the nation’s health this winter?
  • How can the NHS and Government work together to make the whole care system more efficient through Digitalizing the NHS?

For more highlights and insights from the discussion, you can watch the webinar back here:

Meet the Speakers :

  • Emma Greenwood - Director, Hanover Communications

Emma is a Director in Hanover’s Healthcare Policy, Advocacy and Public Affairs team, providing senior counsel to clients on policy access and engagement. Prior to joining Hanover, Emma was Director of Policy and Public Affairs at major charity Cancer Research UK where she oversaw the organisations policy development and led successful and high-profile campaigns. In 2015, Emma was seconded to head the secretariat for the Independent Cancer Taskforce report which formed the backbone of NHS England and the Government’s cancer strategy.

  • Caroline Gordon- Partner and Head of Health, WA Communications

Caroline leads WA’s 18-strong specialist health practice, supporting clients across the health and care sectors with government affairs and integrated communications. She has worked in politics and healthcare for two decades, including for politicians in national and local government, in health charities and in consultancy. She now provides senior counsel and insight to WA’s health clients, who range across pharmaceutical and med-tech clients, healthcare providers and patient groups

  • Amelia Sunkaraneni - Account Director, Evoke Incisive Health

Amelia has worked as a policy, public affairs and campaigns professional in the health sector since 2014. She joined Evoke Incisive Health from NHS Providers, where she led the organisation’s influencing work on NHS finances and specialised services, and previously spent seven years in the cancer charity sector driving change for patients right across the UK. She remains closely connected to the sector as a trustee for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. At Evoke Incisive Health, Amelia leads policy, communications and strategy development projects for a range of pharmaceutical companies, charities and healthcare providers at both UK and global level.

  • Ed McRandal - Director and Head of Healthcare, Lexington Communications

Ed leads Lexington’s 28 strong health team, supporting clients across the healthcare sector by providing strategic comms and public affairs support.  Ed has over 12 years of experience working in healthcare and politics, with a background in agency and Government.  At Lexington, Ed leads on providing strategic counsel to clients across the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, health-tech, and charitable sectors. 

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