The Health Devolution Commission

The Health Devolution Commission is an independent and cross party inquiry into the value and accountability of devolved health systems. It brings together two former, Labour and Conservative, Secretary of States for Health, Andy Burnham and Stephen Dorrell, with three former Health Ministers including Norman Lamb, Alastair Burt and Phil Hope. They are joined by senior professional figures from the health, mental health, social care and public health sectors.

The Commission agreed its response to the NHS England’s consultation on the future of Integrated Care systems  – Integrating care: a unique opportunity to build back better health and prosperity – in January 2021 and agreed to in effect become a standing Commission undertaking further thought leadership, research and advocacy.

With the prospect of legislation in Q3 or Q4, now is the time to develop more detail regarding the Commission’s preferred third option of Integrated ‘Health and Prosperity’ Care Partnerships predicated on a genuine and democratic partnership between the NHS and local government as well as clinical and third sector stakeholders.

If you would like to partner with the Health Devolution Commission please see further details here and contact the Commission’s Director, Steve Barwick [email protected] for an informal discussion with him and Phil Hope, former Minister of State for Care Services and chief author of the Commission’s two reports.

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Who we are

Health Devolution Commissioners

  •  Rt Hon Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester and former Secretary of State for Health (Co-chair)
  • Rt Hon Sir Norman Lamb, former Minister for Community and Social Care (Co-chair)
  • Rt Hon Alistair Burt, former Minister for Community and Social Care
  • Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, former Secretary of State for Health
  • Phil Hope, former Minister of State for Care Services
  • Sally Warren, Director of Policy, the King’s Fund
  • Dr Linda Patterson, former Medical Director of CHI and Vice President of RCP
  • Liz Gaulton, Director of Public Health and Wellbeing, Coventry City Council
  • Peter Hay, former President ADASS
  • Christina McAnea, AGS, UNISON (advisory capacity)
  • Michelle Mitchell, Chief Executive, Cancer Research UK (advisory capacity)
  • Jon Restell, Chief Executive, Managers in Partnership (advisory capacity)
  • Dick Sorabji, Director of Policy, London Councils (advisory capacity)
  • Sophie Corlett/Karen Mellanby, Directors of External Relations/Networks and Communities respectively, Mind (advisory capacity)

Click here to find out more about the Health Devolution Commissioners.

For all written and oral evidence see what we do page.

Launch of the Health Devolution Commission Report

Building Back Health and Prosperity.

The Covid-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed our world. It has affected every child, adult, family and community in our country with the biggest impact on the most economically disadvantaged and those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

It has put the severest pressure on our NHS, social care and public health services exposing in the starkest terms the divide – the lack of parity – between them. It has touched upon every aspect of our lives – the way we work, our enjoyment of sport and the arts, our leisure activities and holidays, and our family and relationships to name but a few. Crucial action to control the pandemic has had a catastrophic consequence for our economy and jobs that will be with us for years to come.

We believe we are at a crossroads. We have a choice between a future in which there is greater centralisation and control of the NHS and social care services, or a health devolution approach which incorporates national entitlements and targets but embeds the delivery of an integrated NHS, social care and public health service within broader, powerful, democratically led local partnerships.

The pandemic has shown we cannot go back to the way things were. We need a ‘new normal’ and we believe that comprehensive health devolution is the only viable solution to the challenges the country now faces.

If you are interested in supporting the work of the Health Devolution Commission then please get in contact via [email protected]