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STAR: using visual economic models to engage stakeholders to increase value in the the NHS
LSE Works: LSE Health and Social Care public lecture

Date: Thursday 5 February 2015
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speakers:   Dr Mara Airoldi, Professor Gwyn Bevan
Respondent: Siân Williams
Chair: Sir Muir Gray

Mara Airoldi (@MaraAiroldi|) is a Departmental Lecturer in Economics and Public Policy a Researcher at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University. Mara has contributed to the development of STAR, a socio-technical approach to resource allocation and applied this in working with healthcare organisations in England, Italy, Ontario and with the Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. 

Gwyn Bevan is Professor of Policy Analysis at LSE. He has been a Director at the Commission for Health Improvement and is a member of England’s Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation to the Secretary of State for Health.

Siân Williams has programme-managed IMPRESS since 2007 and has had the opportunity to test implementation of its recommendations as part of the London Respiratory Team and more recently the London Respiratory Network. She has an NHS management background,  a public health degree and also manages the International Primary Care Respiratory Group.  

Muir Gray (@muirgray|) is a consultant in public health in the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and Director of Better Value Healthcare.

LSE Works| is a series of public lectures, that will showcase some of the latest research by LSE's academic departments and research centres. In each session, LSE academics will present key research findings, demonstrating where appropriate the implications of their studies for public policy. A list of all the LSE Works lectures can be viewed at LSE Works|.  

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries see LSE Events FAQ| or contact LSE Events at| or 0207 955 6043.



PSSRU Literary Festival Discussion: Perceptions of Madness: understanding mental illness through art, literature and drama
Wednesday 25 February 2015
Time: 5-6.30pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers including: Nathan Filer and others TBC
Chair: Professor Martin Knapp

How mental illness is portrayed in art, literature and on TV can have a positive or negative effect on how the public perceives mental ill health. Representations of people with mental health problems can range from the mad psychotic criminal to people within their daily lives dealing with depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.  This panel discussion explores how such presentations of mental illness can affect public understanding of mental ill health with insights from research and personal experiences.

Nathan Filer (@nathanfiler|) is the author of The Shock of the Fall|, winner of the Costa Book of the Year (2013), the Betty Trask Prize (2014), and Popular Fiction Book of the Year at the National Book Awards (2014). It has been translated into twenty-seven languages. He worked as a mental health nurse for many years and in 2014 was named as a Nursing Times’ Nursing Leader for “influencing the way the public thinks about mental illness”. He lectures in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

Martin Knapp is Director of PSSRU and a Professor of Social Policy at LSE. He is also Director of the NIHR School for Social Care Research.

The Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) is one of the leading social care research groups, not just in the UK, but internationally. The LSE branch of PSSRU (@PSSRU_LSE|) sits within LSE Health and Social Care| (@LSEHSC|) in the Department of Social Policy| (@LSESocialPolicy|).

This event forms part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2015|, taking place from Monday 23 - Saturday 28 February 2015, with the theme 'Foundations'.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSElitfest

Ticket Information
All events in the Festival are free to attend and open to all.  E-tickets will be available to book online after 10am on Tuesday 3 February via LSE E Shop.

For any queries see LSE Events FAQ| or contact us at| 0207 955 6043. 

From time to time there are changes to event details so we strongly recommend that if you plan to attend this event you check back on this listing on the day of the event.

We aim to make all LSE events available as a podcast subject to receiving permission from the speaker/s to do this, and subject to no technical problems with the recording of the event. Podcasts are normally available 1-2 working days after the event. Podcasts and videos of past events can be found online

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Avoidable harm, unwarranted variation and diffusion in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction
Wednesday 4 February 2015
Time: 12:30 - 13:30
Venue:  TW2 2.04
Speaker: Duncan McPherson, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and University College London

Abstract to follow.

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The importance of perinatal mental health for child development; the individual, social and economic costs
Wednesday 18 February 2015
Time: 12:30 - 13:30
Venue: TW2 2.04
Speaker: Vivette Glover, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London

Abstract to follow.

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Title: TBC
Friday 20 March 2015
Time: 12:30 - 13:30
Venue: TBC
Speaker: Ellen Nolte, European Observatory of Health Systems and Policy, LSE

Abstract to follow.

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Global Mental Health
Date: Wednesday 21 January 2015
Time: 13:30 - 14:45
Venue: EAS E3.04, LSE
Speaker: Professor Graham Thornicraft, King's College London.

This formal seminar heard from Graham Thornicroft, Professor of Community Psychiatry, and Head of the multi-disciplinary Health Service and Population Research Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

Professor Thornicroft is a Consultant Psychiatrist and is Director of Research and Development at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. His areas of research expertise include: stigma and discrimination, mental health needs assessment, the development of outcome scales, cost effectiveness evaluation of mental health treatments, and mental health services in less economically developed countries. He has authored and co-authored 26 books and over 265 papers in peer reviewed journals

The video of this seminar can be viewed here|.

LSEHSC Formal Seminar: Understanding the pricing dynamics in the US health care industry
Date: Friday 12 December 2014
Time: 12:30 - 13:45
Venue: CLM 4.02, Clement House, LSE
Speaker: Dr Zack Cooper

Understanding the Pricing Dynamics in the US Health Care Industry: Evidence using Claims Data from Three Large Commercial Insurers
This formal seminar heard from Dr Zack Cooper, Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and Economics at Yale University, and Resident Fellow at the School's Institution for Social and Political Studies (ISPS) where he serves as Director of the Health Policy Initiative.  

Despite being one of the largest sectors of the economy, we have severely limited information about the prices that health care providers charge individuals and private insurers for their services. For decades, these prices have been treated as commercially sensitive and have been largely unavailable to researchers. As a result, we have a limited understanding of key health care pricing dynamics including the growth and variation in providers' prices within the US. This knowledge gap is a hindrance to policy-makers and limits our collective ability to introduce effective public policy. In this seminar, Dr Cooper discussed the variation within and across markets in the US and analyse the factors that are driving this variation.

What happened to the world's first NHS?
Friday 31 October 2014
Time: 12:30 - 13:45 (commencing with lunch)
Venue: 32L LG.04 (32 Lincoln's Inn, LSE)
Speaker: Professor Robin Gauld.

What happened to the world’s first NHS? Questions about New Zealand’s health system at its 75th anniversary

This formal seminar heard from Robin Gauld, Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, and Director of the Centre for Health Systems, Dunedin School of Medicine at the University of Otago.

He is a Senior Fellow at the Boston University Health Policy Institute, and was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in 2008-09, working with colleagues from Boston University and Harvard University. Past positions include lecturing and research posts at the University of Hong Kong and City University of Hong Kong, and teaching at the University of Texas and Harvard University.

Current research interests include: comparative health policy, health system and quality improvement, clinical governance, primary care, population based health funding formulas, and health information technology.

Robin has authored over 85 peer-reviewed journal articles and several books and chapters. His book The New Health Policy (Open University Press, 2009) was awarded first prize in the Health and Social Care category at the 2010 British Medical Association Medical Book Awards. Other recent books include Revolving Doors: New Zealand's Health Reforms - the Continuing Saga (Institute of Policy Studies and Health Services Research Centre, 2009), The Age of Supported Independence co-authored with Beatrice Hale and Patrick Barrett (Springer, 2010), Health Care Systems in Asia and Europe co-edited with Christian Aspalter and Uchida Yasuo (Routledge, 2011), and Democratic Governance in Health, co-authored with Miriam Laugesen (Otago University Press, 2012).

Robin has a PhD in public administration from the University of Hong Kong, and a master's degree with distinction and first class honours from Victoria University of Wellington.


  • Creating an Impact: Social Care Research in Practice
    26 November 2014
    Time: 10:00 - 16:30
    Venue:  Stationer's Hall, London  

    This conference, jointly hosted by the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the LSE and the NIHR School for Social Care Research, brought together learning and recommendations from just over two years of activity on knowledge exchange and impact in adult social care. The conference presented findings from a LSE HEIF 5-funded project, Creating an Impact: Social Care Research in Action (SCEiP), which aimed to: bring researchers and social care professionals together to identify key issues in social care and apply research evidence to those priority issues; further enhance dialogue between research, practice and policy stakeholders to support joint knowledge development and exchange; increase the demand for, and utilisation of, research evidence by professionals; and explore ways to demonstrate the impact of social care research.
  • LSE Health Public Lecture: The Affordable Care Act in the US: How did it happen and where is it taking the health care system?
    Date: 30 October 2014
    Time: 18:30 - 19:30
    Venue: CLM 3.02, Clement House, Aldwych, LSE
    Speaker:  Prof Lawrence D Brown, Professor of Health Policy and Management and former Chair, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

    The Affordable Care Act, signed into law in the US in 2010, is considered the largest reform to the American health care system since Medicare began insuring the elderly in 1965. Prof Lawrence Brown traced the evolution of this health reform and what it means for the future of health care in the US and around the world.
  • Department of Social Policy Public Lecture: Happiness by Design 
    Date: Wednesday 22nd October 2014
    Time:  18.30-20.00 followed by a reception
    Venue:  Old Theatre, Old Building
    Speaker:  Professor Paul Dolan
    Chair:  Professor Elaine Fox 

    Professor Paul Dolan defined happiness in terms of experiences of pleasure and purpose. He described how being happier means allocating attention more efficiently: towards those things that bring us pleasure and purpose and away from those that generate pain and pointlessness. Behavioural science tells us that most of what we do is not so much thought about; rather, it simply comes about. So by clever use of priming, defaults, commitments and social norms, you can become a whole lot happier without actually having to think very hard about it. You will be happier by design.

    Paul Dolan is a Professor of Behavioural Science in the Department of Social Policy and a member of the LSE Health cluster, and author of Happiness by Design: Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Everyday Life.
    Elaine Fox is a Professor of Cognitive and Affective Psychology and Director of the Oxford Centre for Emotions and Affective Neuroscience.
    Follow on Twitter: #LSEhappiness
  • 3rd ILPN Conference on Evidence-based Policy in Long-Term Care: Where Next for Long-Term Care Reform?
    31st August - 3rd September 2014
    Venue: London School of Economics

    Following the success of the first two conferences in 2010 and 2012, this ILPN conference offered again an opportunity to debate with international academics, policy makers and other experts key policy issues related to organisation, delivery, funding and regulation of long-term care services.

    For more information, please see the ILPN website.
  • Modelling costs and outcomes for dementia: MODEM project launch
    Date: 15th May 2014, 13:30 - 16:00
    Venue: NAB LG.08, New Academic Building, London School of Economics

    Dementia – considered one of the leading challenges for the country as the population ages – has been flagged as a high priority for government, the NHS and local councils. Evidence suggests that there are currently 670,000 people with dementia in England, with annual costs of £23 billion with the contribution of family carers being valued at £8 billion.

    In December, the G8 countries held a Dementia Summit in London. The joint declaration from the eight Health Ministers included a commitment “to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers while reducing emotional and financial burden.”

    This event launched a new collaborative study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the National Institute for Health Research.
  • Launch of the WHO Consultative Committee Report - Making Fair Choices on the Path to Universal Health Coverage
    Date: 1st May 2014
    Hosted by: LSE Health and Social Care and Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
    Venue: CLM.6.02, Clement House, Aldwych

    Countries around the world are moving towards Universal Health Coverage. Along the way, they face difficult choices. The WHO Consultative Group on Equity and Universal Health Coverage has produced a report to offer guidance on how to make these choices fairly. This seminar presented the Group’s recommendations and offers reflection from leading academics and policy-makers in health policy.
  • School for Social Care Research (SSCR) Annual Conference
    8th April 2014, 10am - 4:30pm
    Venue: New Academic Building, London School of Economics
    The School's Annual Conference provided an opportunity to hear about emerging evidence from SSCR’s commissioned studies and implications for adult social care practice. Further information can be found on the SSCR website.

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