Date: 21 September 2017
Research has to be forward-looking. The rapid advance of science, and demographic and societal changes, mean the health challenges in 20 years will be as different from 2017 as those in 1997 were from today. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) strategy has to be informed by a rational view of the future, and we would like this to be broadly shared by the scientific and health community.
In order to facilitate this, we commissioned RAND Europe to carry out the Future of Health survey; to invite views on what health challenges in England will be like in 20-30 years’ time, and how they will differ from today. The purpose of this project is to inform the NIHR’s strategic thinking, and ensure our view of future health and healthcare (including social care and public health) incorporates diverse
perspectives from a broad range of experts from around the country, including those of patient and public representatives, through INVOLVE and National Voices.
Professor Chris Whitty and Dr Louise Wood said, “We have found the range of thoughtful responses very useful for our thinking, including some broad themes and some detailed insights, a number of which were unexpected. This is a great resource for the whole community and we hope you find these as fascinating a read as we did.”
You can read a selection of responses here.
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