Working with the NHS

​We are committed to working together with UK Government and the NHS to deliver value for money from medicines, better patient access to medicines and to ensure innovation and research are rewarded.

In our response to the Government's White Paper "Equity and Excellence – Liberating the NHS" we would like to see:

  • Generation of best practice “holistic” commissioning, leading to better patient outcomes
  • Representation from the Life Sciences Industry on the NHS Commissioning Board as well as at the local commissioning level
  • Industry representation in developing the outcomes framework including patient reported outcome measures
  • Co-creation of  measures to drive adoption and uptake of innovative medicines
  • Co-creation of a value-based approach to the way that pharmaceutical companies are paid for NHS medicines
  • A consolidation of the research and development base that the NHS can offer

We also outlined a number of key principles :

  • The pharmaceutical industry should be seen as a valuable partner rather than simply a supplier of medicines.
  • Active engagement of all stakeholders is vital, including the pharmaceutical industry, at all levels of the NHS. Degrees of stakeholder engagement should be measured and built into Constitutions of all decision-making bodies, from the local consortia level to NICE and the NHS Commissioning Board.
  • All processes must be transparent, consistent and translatable to all levels of the NHS.
  • Patients must be at the heart of the future NHS, with patient choice, access to medicines and patient outcomes as the key pillars of success.
  • A culture that embraces innovation, including swift adoption of best practice, must be truly embedded within the health system.
  • Bureaucracy should be minimised at all levels, with particular emphasis on not duplicating decisions at local levels, to facilitate rapid uptake of innovative medicines.
  • Accountability at all levels of the health system must be clear and transparent to ensure implementation of decisions and avoid, and tackle if necessary, any system failures.

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