The National Health Service in Britain, 1948-2008: management and administration in historical perspective Wednesday 12th November 2008, 10.30-5.00

Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Cost: £10.00 / £5.00 students (includes buffet lunch)

Details and registration: Or contact Ingrid James: 44 (0)207 927 2434

Amongst the 60th anniversary celebrations of the British NHS the history of management has not figured too prominently. Yet the ever-growing proportion of resources and effort which has been devoted to this is undeniable. In 1950 there were 29,000 clerical and administrative staff in the hospital service, and this had risen to 235,000 by 2002. The transition from consensus management to general management in the 1980s is considered to have been a key watershed, with a focus on stronger leadership, cost effectiveness, performance monitoring and so on. Historical interest has increasingly been drawn to the implications of this. What has it meant for the balance of power between medical and lay professionals, and what has been the experience of implementing the many organizational changes imposed by government ? And more broadly, how do these trajectories shape the current and future challenges faced by managers ? This one-day conference brings together scholars from history and health policy analysis to explore recent work in this area.

Speakers: Tony Cutler, Steve Harrison, Martin Gorsky, Pauline Allen, Naomi Fulop, Mark Exworthy, Fraser Macfarlane, Stephanie Snow, Mark Learmonth, Janet Newman

The conference will be followed by our annual History Centre lecture, given by Professor Rudolf Klein: The Bevan-Morrison debate: the shape of things to come in the NHS?

Dr Martin Gorsky Department Research Degrees Director Department of Public Health and Policy London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Keppel Street London WC1E 7HT Tel: 0207 927 2136 Fax: 0207 637 3238