David Duffy – Editor

I am delighted to take on the role of Editor of Hospital Times. This is a new experience that brings with it an array of new challenges. I hope to bring my own ideas to a publication which already provides comprehensive insight into acute services in the UK and around the world.

I wish to pay tribute to John Whelan, the magazine’s former group editor who sadly passed away this year. I never knew John personally, but I know he was devoted to creating a single publication that brings together thought leadership, analysis, insight and best practice covering the ever-changing landscape of hospital services. It is thanks to John that I have a strong foundation with which to build upon and I look forward to continuing this legacy.

I want to use the features in this publication to place a renewed focus on discussions concerning integrating health and care services in the UK, working in conjunction with our sister publication, Accountable Care Journal (ACJ), which operates online.

In my brief spell at Hospital Times, I have already seen the potential that ACJ has in bringing together thought leaders from a multitude of sectors to engage in lively and thought-provoking discussions surrounding the future of health and social care. I recently attended an extensive ACJ conference (for which I have written a full review in this issue) where speakers such as Rob Whiteman (CIPFA) outlined the serious challenges facing the health sector and how a far greater sense of cohesion between health, care and local government is required to tackle them.

Where possible, Hospital Times will build upon the analysis and debate provided by ACJ and will work with this rapidly growing title to discuss the potential changes that integrated care models can bring to hospital services.

This is not to say, however, that we will lose the focus of our core aim; to provide hospital executives, managers, operatives and clinicians with the latest insight into the acute sector. I plan to take this even further, expanding our features list to include more high-profile interviews, analytical pieces and independent content from a range of contributors across the sector, while continuing to report on the products and services of interest to health and care professionals.

As the government progresses its’ policies, we will ensure that Hospital Times is there to cover the resulting changes to hospital services. Digital reform within hospitals is a key policy area which I will look to cover, with the new Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, naming technology as one of his three main priorities upon taking the position in July.

I hope that the aims I have outlined above will serve to enhance this established publication while bringing a new perspective to the debates and developments in acute healthcare.

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