Emily is currently a Senior Fellow at Brown School of Public Health with a focus on healthcare and climate change. In 2021-22 Emily was a Commonwealth Fund U.K. Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice where she looked at how U.S. health systems are working to improve community health. Prior to her Harkness Fellowship she was Director of Strategy at NHS England, where she led a team that helped solve some of the most complex problems facing the English healthcare system. She contributed to the development of the NHS Long Term Plan and the NHS Five Year Forward View, the most recent national strategies for the future of healthcare in England. She has overseen the delivery of national programs looking at how the NHS can play a greater role in improving the wider social determinants of health, including NHS Healthy New Towns, Health and Work and the Greener NHS program. Additionally, she established the program to develop the “NHS as an anchor institution,” working in partnership with the Health Foundation to consider how healthcare can create social value in local communities. Emily’s wider experience includes supporting provider collaboration, advising the first NHS Trust Special Administrator and supporting the implementation of a major service reconfiguration in North Central London. She began her career as a management consultant, having studied Psychology at the University of Edinburgh.

Authored by Emily Hough, BSc

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Rethinking the ‘old way’: Considerations for hospitals measuring partnership work on complex issues

Three recent Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellows reflect on the need for hospitals to consider a ‘new way’ of measurement as they increasingly enter complex partnership working arrangements, including shared goals, centralizing, community power and ensuring clear institutional accountability to improve impact on health and health equity.