Why was the NHS created, and how has it evolved? How are decisions about health care in Britain made, by whom and in whose interests? What are the main challenges facing the NHS? Can it survive?
The last few decades have seen far-reaching changes in the way health care in Britain is organised, delivered and funded. Many factors - such as medical and technological advances, an ageing population, the growing prevalence of chronic disease, patient choice and rising public expectations - have put considerable strain on the National Health Service (NHS) and resulted in major upheaval and numerous reorganisations. Successive governments and policymakers have struggled to cope with the rapid and continuous change, and have often failed to resolve the highly emotive and politically charged debates and controversies surrounding health care.
This module provides a critical analysis of the development of health policy and the organisation and delivery of health services in Britain since the creation of the NHS in 1948, focussing particularly on more recent developments. It covers not only the content of health policy (what it aims to achieve), but also the process of policy making (how policies are developed, implemented and evaluated). It aims to identify the main social, economic and political influences that have shaped health policy in Britain, explores where decision making power lies, and evaluates attempts to improve quality and performance in the NHS. The module also considers the future prospects for the NHS and what health care in Britain might look like in the decades to come.
Topics covered in this module will include:
JAN: Friday 24 and 31 January 2020
FEB: Friday 7 and 14 February 2020
MAR: Friday 6, 13, 20 and 27 March 2020
Module Submission Date: 20 April 2020
Non EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone module.
For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:
Justin joined City University London in 2006 and is currently Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research & Policy.
Until 2012 he was co-director of City's Centre for Allied Health Professions (AHP) Research, which carried out research into policy, practice and workforce issues relating to the AHPs, and director of the ...