Working in Healthcare

Start date and time

Tuesday 8 May 2018


Edinburgh Napier University's Sighthill Campus

Healthcare continues to be one of the most politically important yet divisive issues for voters and politicians within the UK. Despite the high levels of support for the NHS, the notion of a universal health care provider is seemingly under constant challenge. From the New Labour introduction of internal markets and the increased influence of commercial providers in performing NHS contracts, the increasing introduction of market forces into the public health provider continue to cause a great deal of controversy. Likewise, the retrenchment in public sector spending since the Great Financial Crisis and the Conservative (and coalition) governments - resulting in real terms spending cuts on the NHS - have put greater levels of pressure on those who work in the NHS than ever before. The current winter crisis and the junior doctors' strikes of 2016 have drawn attention to the increased pressures on the NHS's service provision.

This event is concerned with 'working in healthcare' broadly. This event aims to bring together academics researching work and employment in the health care sectors both to discuss their work and to provide a place to build a network of researchers interested in working collaboratively in the future. The event is based in Edinburgh Napier University's Sighthill Campus, which is home to the largest nursing training school in Scotland.