Marketisation, Ethics and Healthcare

This research theme investigates the significance of markets, contracts and healthcare commissioning for the meaning of health and healthcare.
 The Healthcare Values Partership actively pursues projects which unite research and healthcare practice in service of the public good. As part of this, during 2015-2017, the Partnership will be working on the project 'Engaging Healthcare: Markets and Meaning', supported by the British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award programme. British Academy funding was renewed for 2016-2017.
The project's research has now culminated in the launch of a new book edited by Therese Feiler, Joshua Hordern and Andrew Papanikitas, entitled: Marketisation, Ethics and Healthcare: Policy, Practice and Moral Formation (Routledge, 2018).
The project involves a partnership between humanities and social science researchers and healthcare practitioners, stakeholders and policy makers. A key goal of the project is to develop ideas and energy to support humanities and social science researchers, especially those in their early career phase, in their public engagement and public policy work. The project will focus on the significance of markets, contracts and healthcare commissioning for the meaning of health and healthcare. A market in healthcare is often thought to damage positive health outcomes for patients and the working environment for practitioners because it introduces unworthy, immoral motives. But is this so? How might markets shape and serve the meaning that people ascribe to health and healthcare?
Engagement activity has taken the form of three interdisciplinary events during 2015-2016 to connect humanities and social science thinking with practical issues in healthcare delivery. A final event in March 2017 supported the publication of the project's research.
For full details of the conference which took place on June 19th, 2015 please visit the Royal Society of Medicine. Details of the planning workshop held on June 4th 2015 can be found here, and details of the early career researchers workshop which took place on February 23rd 2016 can be found here.
Videos from the event are available on the right of this page. Other materials from the event can be accessed via the left hand menu subheadings. A poster summarising key points from the project is available here.