News from Conclusio

First non-executive chair appointed: 

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Conclusio, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Proctor as its first non-executive chairman. Mike retired from his substantive NHS role as chief executive of York Foundation Trust 11 months ago and joins Conclusio from his most recent role as Interim chief operating officer at North Cumbria Trust. He brings 45 years of experience gained within the NHS, half
of which were spent in senior executive roles that included chief nurse, chief operating officer, deputy chief executive and chief executive. 

The appointment comes at a significant stage in Conclusio’s development, as it grows its presence, and client-base, in the health, social care, pharmaceutical and community pharmacy sectors. 

Speaking about Mike’s appointment, Conclusio Managing Director and Founder, James Roach says

“Conclusio prides itself on being a multi-disciplinary group of subject matter experts. Our core team can field decades of experience in the fields of health transformation, service framework development, data and analysis, market access and growth, communications and relationship management and programme management. Mike is the ideal person to provide the support and direction Conclusio needs now as it widens its reach and influence. His background in Secondary Care and Integrated Care Partnerships will be invaluable”

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BMJ - Opinion.  We must promote health and resilience in all ages to make the NHS                                           sustainable

October 2020

As the NHS begins its journey to embed the aims and objectives of the Long Term Plan, it is important that the principles of population health are not lost, say James Roach and Jeremy Hooper

Pharmafield - Partnering with impact across the supply chain, post COVID-19

October 2020 by James Roach and Johnny Skillicorn-Aston

In a recent online seminar, leading health transformation consultancy, Conclusio, considered how intelligent targeting could identify opportunities for private and public partnership, particularly in the pharma industry, in a post COVID-19 NHS. Drawing on the experience of the 2008 financial crash, and from a range of data, the seminar reflected on the first phase of the pandemic and the insight it provides on where and how to intelligently target new areas of business development, widen the supply chain and partner with the NHS to support recovery and restoration.

Pharmafield - Current trends in compliance. The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us many lessons, but are we missing an age-old one that we all need to learn and act upon?

September 2020 by Johnny Skillicorn-Aston and Andrew Clarke

In every crisis there are people waiting to exploit the situation for their gain and your loss. Johnny Skillicorn-Aston from health transformation consultancy, Conclusio, and Andrew Clarke from International Compliance Association (ICA), look at new compliance trends for professionals working in pharma and health supply chains.

Specialised Medicines -  The vital role of community pharmacy during COVID-19 and beyond -  Community pharmacy is essential to supporting the ‘new normal’

September 2020 | By Amit Patel and Johnny Skillicorn-Aston

Pharmafield -  Addressing the long-term effects of COVID-19

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Full article here:
By Johnny Skillicorn-Aston and Jeremy Hooper -August 3, 2020

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Full article here -

Conclusio’s Johnny Skillicorn-Aston and James Roach consider the true meaning of patient-centricity in clinical trials : Pharma Times

 Full article here

What’s the point of difference?

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James Roach and Johnny Skillicorn-Aston - Pharmafield Magazine

 Johnny Skillicorn-Aston and James Roach argue that partnership working between the NHS and the pharmaceutical industry must now engage patients

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James Roach and Johnny Skillicorn-Aston, Conclusio
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James Roach and Johnny Skillicorn-Aston, Conclusio 

December 2019

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Johnny Skillicorn-Aston, Director of Engagement and communication, Conclusio

October 2019

A recent roundtable event attended by academics, nutrition experts and health and industry leaders brought into sharp focus the issue of malnutrition and its consequences for health and wellbeing. 

From elsewhere - Amanda Barrell writing in PharmaPhorum

A move towards integrated care systems (ICS), complete with new primary care roles, and a greater focus on public health is shaking the healthcare system to its core. But what does this mean for industry?

Mike Proctor, recently retired chief executive of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, quoted in the articles "Iindustry could become a crucial part of this new world – but routes to success vary across the country." 
He advised delegates to adopt a flexible, regional approach, be prepared to move from national to local priorities, and to build relationships with the new decision makers.
“There is a dream of a truly integrated social care, primary care, secondary care and mental health care. We do believe this is the right thing to do but the bottom line is there is no one size to fit all,” he said, adding that the only unifying factor was reducing hospital admissions. Don’t sell boxes, sell solutions. Develop products that keep people out of hospital – that is key. If you can find ways to keep people out of hospital and you can support that in some way, the door is open,”


Ethical Medicines Industry Group - 11 November 2019

James Roach speaking to EMIG today and says ' 'The time couldn't be better for NHS and industry partnerships; but effective partnerships need co-ownership of the challenge and equity across risks and benefits.'


HSJ Awards 6 November - 

James Roach part of the judging panel and presenting award 


Driving Forward Market Access in the new NHS Environment. Mtech Access.  25th September 2019. 
James Roach presented on Engaging with Impact: Market Access and the new NHS.

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HSJ Life Sciences Forum - June 2019

James Roach speaking as a part of the panel