Readership: NHS staff and UK policy makers; Policy makers and politicians in other countries and global institutions contemplating or undertaking reform; Students, researchers and academics in health and social policy
Nigel Crisp, Independent Crossbench Member of the House of Lords; Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA; Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; and Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
Nigel Crisp's earlier book 'Turning the world upside down - the search for global health in the 21st Century' takes further the ideas about mutual learning between rich and poor countries that he developed in his 2007 report for the Prime Minister Global Health Partnerships.
Nigel Crisp is an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords where he speaks mainly on global health and international development. He is a member of a number of international organisations and global task forces.
He was Chief Executive of the English NHS - the largest health organisation in the world with 1.3 million employees - and Permanent Secretary of the UK Department of Health and led major reforms and improvements in the whole system between 2000 and 2006. Previously he had been Chief Executive of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust, one of the UK's leading academic medical centres.
For further information see nigelcrisp.com
" 24 Hours to Save the NHS is a must-read for people working in the NHS and its critics.... And more importantly it leaves us with a compelling vision for the future." - Health Service Journal
"This book comes at a critical moment in the history of the NHS. It is essential reading for politicians, policymakers, professionals, and the public - Richard Horton, Editor, The Lancet"
"Crisp navigates clearly through the policy and the politics, and in its structure (the main points are boxed at the end ofeach chapter) and style, this resembles a textbook. If the present government does indeed care about health care - and wants
to avoid a series of budget-busting hospital bailouts - its commitment should be to services, not facilities. It cannot afford to ignore Crisp's advice, and there is no time to lose."
"Crisps real achievement was in securing more NHS funding and making the health system in general look respectable again and one can only believe the stories he recalls of impressed patients approaching him to ask the way out of the private patients departments, only to find, to their surprise, that they were in NHS patients departments all along. It is purely a reflection, a personal account. Yet the author does not leave out criticisms of himself or his own work, and takes care to show how he learned
from these. This is the book of a proud man, and that is no bad thing at all, because he knows as we all do that the NHS is treasured." - LSE Blog
"This insightful text is well structured and readable. It highlights important lessons that were learned from these years, including that private insurance is not the solution for some of the NHS gaps, and the need to focus more on areas such as health promotion and patient engagement." - Nursing Standard
1: 24 hours to save the NHS
2: The national and global context
3: The NHS Plan - overview of the story
4: Service improvement and delivery
5: System reform
6: The NHS workforce
7: Knowledge, science and technology
8: Finance and productivity
10: Patients, health and society
11: Conclusions and key points
12: The future of the NHS in England
13: Reforming and strengthening health systems around the world
14: The global challenge
Appendix 1. Glossary of terms
Appendix 2. NHS structure
Appendix 3. Time line
Appendix 4. <"Must do>" targets in the NHS Plan