Setting priorities and rationing in health and social care: using evidence to inform practice

A seminar held in partnership with the HSMC on setting priorities and rationing in health and social care.


Start date: 30/09/2011 | 10:00

End date: 30/09/2011 | 17:00

Health Services Management Centre
40 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2RT

For more information on this conference contact:

020 7631 8450

One certainty amid NHS reform is that the NHS and social services cannot meet fully the demands placed on them, hence the importance of setting priorities and making tough decisions around the rationing of health and social care services. This implies that decisions on resource allocation are not just about what services to commission or ‘invest in’ but also what services should be decommissioned or ‘disinvested in’.

This seminar, in partnership with the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC), brought together clinicians, managers, policy makers and academics to explore the types of priority setting undertaken across England and how commissioners respond to resource scarcity. The day involved the use of practical simulation exercises as well as discussion, questions and networking. The seminar drew on the evidence base from research by HSMC and the Nuffield Trust's NHS efficiency programme.

Speakers included:

  • Dr Suzanne Robinson, Lecturer, HSMC
  • Dr Judith Smith
  • Dr Helen Dickinson 
  • Dr Jo Ellins, Lecturer, HSMC 


Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham