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NHS history

Spotlight 19/05/2020

It is sometimes said that as a large and highly complex organisation, the NHS must pay more heed to the lessons that history offers when forming new policies. Here we collect together a variety of our resources and analysis that use history to aid understanding.

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Hindsight 2020: Lessons on setting targets in health and social care

Report 08/01/2020Billy Palmer | Helen Buckingham | Nadia Crellin | Camille Oung

After the 2015 general election, the NHS and social care were set a number of targets on where they needed to be by 2020. Now that year has started, this briefing looks at how they have fared over that time, looking at a sample of key targets. Which have been met, which are being missed, and which b...

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The NHS - a kaleidoscope of care - conflicts of service and business values

Report 01/01/1994Tony Kember | Gordon Macpherson

An account of health reforms since the late 1970s.

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Diagnosis in general practice: Art or science?

Report 01/11/1993David C Morrell

Report on the concept of diagnosis over 40 years.

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The national health service - A manager's tale 1946 - 1992

Report 08/10/1993Brian Edwards

Report about managers in the NHS

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A history of the Nuffield Provincial Hospitals Trust 1940-1990

Report 01/01/1992Gordon McLachlan

History of the Nuffield Trust between 1940 and 1990.

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General Practice and Primary Health Care 1940s-1980s

Report 01/11/1988John Fry

A GP's view on the transformation of British general practice.

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Improving the common weal, aspects of Scottish Health Services 1900-1984

Book 01/12/1987Gordon McLachlan

Essays on the development of health care in Scotland over the last century.

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