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Date : 15/07/2020 | Time : 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm |

Please note – this event will take place online using Zoom. You do not need a Zoom account to attend, but you must register for the event in advance.

Derek Feeley (Harkness Fellow 2005-06), former President of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), has been part of the tremendous response to help the US healthcare industry survive the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, as the initial wave of the crisis eases perhaps too easily into a ‘new normal’, it is time to think ahead to the potential legacy of Covid-19 on the US healthcare industry, and particularly on healthcare access and equity across racial and socioeconomic groups. Will this terrible pandemic be the catalyst for fairer and more affordable access to healthcare for those who bear the heaviest burden, or will the legacy be one of increasing health outcome disparities with untold human cost?

With experience in running a nationalized healthcare system for 5 million people in Scotland, as well as a mission-driven quality improvement organization in Boston, Massachusetts, Derek brings a unique perspective to this topic. The roles of the state in healthcare could be re-imagined, yet with the Presidential race underway and deep rooted divides across party lines, should individuals be looking to the Federal Government for answers or instead to employers and local institutions for a more sympathetic and practical level of support. Leadership and bravery will be crucial, and there will be a role for organisations like the IHI to step up to help foster these skills across the USA, and indeed the world.

Derek Feeley is the former President and CEO at the IHI in Boston, Massachusetts. He has driven IHI’s strategy and programmes to improve health and the quality and accessibility of healthcare in the USA and worldwide. Prior to joining IHI, Derek served as Director General for Health and Social Care in the Scottish Government and Chief Executive of the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland. During his Harkness Fellowship, he researched the management of chronic diseases, with placements at Kaiser Permanente and the Veterans Health Administration. In 2013, he was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in recognition of his services to health and health care.

Booking Process: This event is free but you will need to register below. No payments details are required. Once you have registered you should immediately receive an email acknowledging your booking request, followed by a second email containing the zoom link once your booking has been confirmed. Please allow two working days for your booking to be approved. If you do not receive these emails or if you have any problems with the online booking please contact Helen on Tel: 020 7380 6704

There is no charge for this event, but you must register in advance to receive the Zoom link. 


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