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Launch of ‘The Big Picture’ Seminar Series

40 participants drawn from across the UEA Schools of Medicine, Health Sciences, Economics, Law and Computing and from NNUH, NNUHFT and East Coast Community Healthcare assembled in the Zuckerman Institute on the 30th January 2018 to mark the launch of this new seminar series developed by Prof Ric Fordham (MED) and Dr Karen Smith (RIN).

They heard a truly insightful and enjoyable talk on ‘Health Economics and UK Health Policy’ from guest speaker Anita Charlesworth CBE, Director of Research & Economics, The Health Foundation. Prof Fordham said ' Anita's insights from the very top of policy making in this county and her straight-to-the-point analytical grasp of  the key funding issues faced by the NHS, made her talk not only very engaging for all who came along on a cold winter's evening but also extremely thought provoking.  She certainly set the trend for talks in the 'big picture' to come'. The talk was followed by cheese & wine networking reception.

Image below (left to right): Dr Karen Smith, Anita Charlesworth CBE, Prof Ric Fordham.

About Anita:

In addition to being the Director of Research & Economics at The Health Foundation Anita is and Honorary Professor in the College of Social Sciences at the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) at the University of Birmingham.

Before joining the Health Foundation in May 2014, Anita was Chief Economist at the Nuffield Trust (2010-14) where she led the Trust’s work on health care financing and market mechanisms. Prior to that she had roles as Chief Analyst and Chief Scientific Advisor at DCMS (2007-10), Director of Public Spending at the Treasury (1998-2007), where she led the team working with Sir Derek Wanless on his 2002 reform of NHS funding and worked as an Economic Advisor at DH and for SmithKline Beecham pharmaceuticals.  She has worked as a non-executive director in the NHS – for Islington PCT (2007-2011) and The Whittington Hospital (2011-2016). She was specialist advisor to the House of Lords' select committee on the long-term sustainability of the NHS. Anita has an MSc in Health Economics from the University of York and is a Trustee of Tommy’s, the baby charity. She was awarded a CBE in The Queen's 2017 Birthday Honours List for Services to Economics and Health Policy.

About the Health Foundation:




The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK. Its aim is a healthier population, supported by high quality health care that can be equitably accessed. The Foundation learns what works to make people’s lives healthier and improve the health care system. From giving grants to those working at the front line to carrying out research and policy analysis, it shines a light on how to make successful change happen.

It make links between the knowledge it gains from working with those delivering health and health care and its research and analysis. The Foundation’s aspiration is to create a virtuous circle, using what it knows works on the ground to inform effective policymaking and vice versa. It believes good health and health care are key to a flourishing society. Through sharing what it learns, collaborating with others and building people’s skills and knowledge, it aims to make a difference and contribute to a healthier population.

About Health Economics Consulting (HEC):





Established over twenty years ago HEC, based at UEA, is a member of one of the largest Health Economics groups in the country with a reputation for ground-breaking work in the economics of public health; economic modelling; economic evaluation methods alongside clinical trials; and quality of life measurement.

HEC is a commercial consulting company inside an academic environment set up in 2011 due to rising demand from NHS and other public bodies. We are fully owned and supported by UEA (UEA Consulting Ltd) based at Norwich Medical School, UEA, within a large Health Economics (HE) group (~25 researchers and PhD students). HEC is a non-profit organisation and its profits are reinvested in Medical Education.


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