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Inaugural Lecture 2014

Warwick Business School and Warwick Medical School Inaugural Lecture Series

Professor Ruth McDonald

Date: 30 January 2014

Location: B0.01, Warwick Business School

Time: Welcome reception starting at 17:30. The lecture will start at 18:00.

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Money, medicine and miracles: the perils and promise of 'Paying for Performance' in the NHS and beyond

In the olden days, we used to trust public servants to do their jobs. Nowadays things are a little different - especially in the NHS.

Policy makers are increasingly resorting to 'Pay for Performance' in an effort to drive up the quality of care for NHS patients. This involves linking financial rewards to policy goals and has certainly had an impact in GP and dental practices, as well as in high street pharmacies. But financial incentives can result in unintended consequences.

Using a blunt instrument to solve complex problems is not without its drawbacks. Furthermore, a recent review of the evidence found no impact on health outcomes of 'Pay for Performance'. So why is this becoming increasingly popular in health systems around the world?

This lecture will look at the perils and promise of 'Pay for Performance' initiatives in healthcare in the NHS and beyond. It is not explicitly designed to create uncertainty about the motives of healthcare professionals, though that may be an unintended consequence!

Warwick Business School and Warwick Medical School Inaugural Lecture Series will be hosted by:

  • Professor Mark P. Taylor, Dean, Warwick Business School
  • Professor Peter Winstanley, Dean, Warwick Medical School

There is no charge for this event, but booking is essential as places are limited.