Schmoozers' delight: Nuffield Trust Health Policy Summit March 2017

From a Spinwatch article dated 1st April 2015

The influence of the private sector on the agenda of the NHS is powerful, as the following details of the forthcoming Health Policy Summit organised by the Nuffield Trust on 2nd and 3rd March 2017 make clear.

The two days conference at Wotton House, Dorking includes two highest NHS directors (CEO Simon Stevens and Chief Clinical Information Officer Prof Keith McNeil) as well as current Government committee chair Dr Sarah Wollaston, two Heads of Royal Colleges, professors from Oxbridge, reps of sponsors, etc... It is sponsored by Optum (about 50% of UnitedHealth Group - sic ), the Health Foundation (spun out of PPP Healthcare insurers on demutualisation), MSD (Merk Sharp and Dohme) the US drugs company, Boston Consulting Group, the British Medical Journal and Guardian Healthcare Professionals network. The NHS is not a sponsor but senior NHS directors, including Simon Stevens "in conversation" at 10.20 on the 2nd day, will be participating or, more realistically, being schmoozed by the sponsors.

Overview: https://www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk/summits/health-policy-summit-2017/

Day 1 programme and speakers: https://www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk/summits/health-policy-summit-2017/day-1/

Day 2 programme and speakers: https://www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk/summits/health-policy-summit-2017/day-2/#friday-3-march-2017

The days are being live-streamed on the Nuffield Trust website. Unfortunately the conversations around the conference and on the first evening 6-7pm will not be live-streamed.

I notice that Dr Tracey Batten, CEO of Imperial NHS Trust, is taking part in a panel discussion: "Learning from international health systems" at 5.10 on the first day. She is going back to Australia in 6 months.