The NHS is a success in delivery of healthcare to the nations of the UK ‘free at the point of need’. It has dealt with huge increases in demand and a burgeoning of more effective treatments, but it stands at a significant inflection point in its development.
Technology and innovation is expanding at an accelerating rate, an ageing and better-informed population is escalating consumer demand, as well as obvious political and global financial pressures.
How the National Health Services of the UK nations deal with these growing pressures and moves along a trajectory to a health focus with prevention at the forefront, will be a key to its continued success.
Born in Cardiff, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz FLSW studied medicine at Cardiff University and later received a PhD for immunology research at Imperial College London. His contributions to medical education and vaccine research led him to be knighted in 2001. From 2007 to 2010, he was the Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council. In 2010, he was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, a position he held until 2017. He sits on the UK Research and Innovation Board and is Chair of Cancer Research UK.
Professor Borysiewicz is a distinguished Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.