In this interview, Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and REAL Centre (Research and Economic Analysis for the Long Term) at the Health Foundation, talks to the SPE’s Catherine Connolly about social care and the coronavirus. Anita discusses the fragility of the care sector going into the crisis and how the impact of the coronavirus has been compounded by fragmented care provision, the nature of the sector’s workforce and the government response. Anita also considers the role that economics can play in helping to ‘reset’ social care coming out of the crisis.
Anita Charlesworth is the Director of Research and REAL Centre (Research and Economic Analysis for the Long term) at the Health Foundation, and Honorary Professor in the College of Social Sciences at the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) at the University of Birmingham.
Before joining the Health Foundation in May 2014, Anita was Chief Economist at the Nuffield Trust (2010-14) where she led the Trust’s work on health care financing and market mechanisms. Prior to that she had roles as Chief Analyst and Chief Scientific Advisor at DCMS (2007-10), Director of Public Spending at the Treasury (1998-2007), where she led the team working with Sir Derek Wanless on his 2002 reform of NHS funding and worked as an Economic Advisor at DH and for SmithKline Beecham pharmaceuticals. She has worked as a non-executive director in the NHS – for Islington PCT (2007-2011) and The Whittington Hospital (2011-2016). She was specialist advisor to the House of Lords’ select committee on the long-term sustainability of the NHS. Anita has been appointed Chair of OHE Policy Committee (2020). Anita is also a Commissioner for The Lancet Global Health Commission on Financing Primary Health Care.
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