Health Charities and the NHS – A Vital Partnership in Peril
19 January 2021
The QNI has welcomed the new report by the London School of Economics (LSE), ‘Health Charities and the NHS – A Vital Partnership in Peril?’
The report, commissioned by the National Garden Scheme, highlights the huge contribution of healthcare charities to the work of the NHS, which has been of critical importance in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The six health charities cited in the report, including the QNI, are all supported with major donations from the National Garden Scheme.
The QNI welcomes this major new report by the LSE.
The QNI works with nurses and their teams in the community, primary care and social care to support people at all stages of life, from the cradle to the grave.
The National Health Service has always since its inception benefited from the significant support given by healthcare charities, including the QNI. Working together, the NGS beneficiary charities and the NHS can help deliver care in the community that is effective, locally targeted and person-centred.
The independent perspective that charities bring to the development of healthcare policy and service provision brings substantial benefits to the communities served. Furthermore many people living with health conditions, their families and carers engage closely with health charities, raising funds, participating as volunteers and helping to disseminate information in their local communities and more widely through social media. By working together in partnership, the benefits to the NHS and to society as a whole are immeasurable, as so expertly detailed in this report.
I thank the National Garden Scheme for commissioning the report and urge all health and social care policy makers to read the findings and consider the work of national nursing charities and the importance of their sustainability to the current and future health and wellbeing of our society.Dr Crystal Oldman CBE, QNI CEO
The report was authored by Dr Tony Hockley, Visiting Senior Fellow, LSE and Professor Alison Leary, Chair of Workforce Modelling, London South Bank University.
The full report can be read online at: LSE-Report-January-2021.pdf (ngs.org.uk)
The Report’s Authors:
Tony Hockley is a Visiting Senior Fellow in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and Director of the Policy Analysis Centre Ltd. Tony has served as Special Adviser to two Secretaries of State for Health, as Head of Research at the Social Market Foundation think tank, and as an expert adviser on health policy at the International Monetary Fund. He has taught on health policy and behavioural science courses at the LSE since 2005. In 1995 he was one of the founders of the Policy Analysis Centre Ltd.
Alison Leary is a Professor of Healthcare and Workforce Modelling at London South Bank University. She undertakes various research projects around the modelling of complex systems. She has worked clinically and analytically in cancer for much of the last 25 years. She is Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute and a Winston Churchill Fellow for which she examined high-reliability organisations looking at safety. She worked in league football for over 20 years and in 2019 received an MBE for modelling spectator safety.