NHS England | May 2018| Leading healthcare professor Don Berwick says NHS could be world number one if it integrates care
A former advisor to Barack Obama Professor Don Berwick argues that the NHS “I think the NHS probably has a better chance to truly integrate care than almost any other health care system in the world.”
Prof Berwick said improving health through social determinants like housing and lifestyle would be key to its success. Now an advisor to The King’s Fund, he also said the fragmented nature of the NHS could be addressed if all local health and care organisations, worked in partnership and pooled resources, a movement which is underway. Prof Berwick also underlined the importance of finding time to build relationships, acknowledging the pressure the NHS already faces:
“Right now the NHS is under enormous pressure. You’re going to have to find the time.
“There’s no reason the NHS can’t have the best care in the world, why you can’t take an appropriate proportion of your efforts and move them upstream to the causes of illness and use social determinants to prevent illness. There’s no reason why you have to waste money; you have limited resources and you can use those resources increasingly wisely.” (Source: NHS England)
The full, unedited piece can be read at NHS England