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Chief Economist of Nuffield Trust visits UEA

Prof Ric Fordham and Dr Karen Smith were delighted to welcome Prof John Appleby to UEA as the latest speaker for the ‘Big Picture: Health Economics and UK Health Policy Seminar Series’. His talk was held in the Zuckerman Institute on the 11th September 2018.

John joined the Nuffield Trust as Director of Research and Chief Economist in September 2016, after 18 years at The King’s Fund. He is also a Visiting Professor at the City Health Economics Centre, City University London and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College. He has previously worked in the NHS in Birmingham and London, and as senior lecturer at the universities of Birmingham and East Anglia. For five years he worked for the National Association of Health Authorities (now the NHS Confederation) as manager of the Association’s Central Policy Unit.

John has acted as an advisor to the UK government and Parliament in various capacities, for example, carrying out a review for Ministers of the future funding needs of Northern Ireland’s health service, and as a task force member for the Marmot Commission on health inequalities; a special adviser to the House of Commons Health Select Committee, member of the National Quality Board’s Priorities sub-committee and as a member of the Department of Health’s Stakeholder Reference Group on patient reported outcome measures.

So his talk entitled ‘NHS at 70: Time for retirement?’ was eagerly anticipated and garnered many insightful questions from the audience that included senior health economists, medical practitioners, policy makers and academics. There was a buffet and wine networking session at the end to enable further discussion.

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