WPI Strategy and former Matt Hancock spad launch healthcare research centre

WPI Strategy has teamed up with Richard Sloggett, previously a special adviser to health secretary Matt Hancock, to launch a healthcare research centre, the public affairs agency announced today.

Richard Sloggett will lead healthcare research centre Future Health
Richard Sloggett will lead healthcare research centre Future Health

The Future Health research centre will generate public policy research and help inform the decisions made by governments and health systems to enable healthier and wealthier societies, according to WPI Strategy.

The agency will provide comms and public affairs support aimed at maximising the impact of Future Health’s research.

The centre’s initial areas of work will look at the relationship between improved healthcare and economic growth; the application of new technologies to improve health outcomes; and the creation of more preventative healthcare systems.

Future Health founder Sloggett worked on several high-profile policies including the development of the NHS Long Term Plan, and the creation of the health technology unit, NHSX, during a one-year stint advising Hancock in 2018-19. He had previously held senior roles at Hanover Communications and MHP Communciations.

Commenting on the research centre, Sloggett said: “Coronavirus has demonstrated that healthcare is a truly globally shared agenda. The pandemic is an inflection point for policy, demonstrating the need and opportunity [for] investing in and delivering more effective healthcare services in the future through new ways of working, partnerships and collaborations.”

He added: “Collaborative working will be at the very heart of the Future Health model as we look to build new evidence and ideas to tackle major healthcare policy challenges. I am really excited about our mission of using policy to build healthier and wealthier communities.”

Sean Worth, co-founder of WPI Strategy, said: “Combining high-quality research with first-class communications and political advocacy has been at the heart of WPI’s mantra since our inception. We are thrilled about joining forces with Richard to deliver a new healthcare-focused offer to the public affairs and PR market.”

Founded by Nick Faith, ex-head of comms at Policy Exchange, and former No. 10 policy adviser Sean Worth in 2014, WPI Strategy’s clients range from London City Airport and Vodafone to the Association of British Pharmaceuticals Industries and Virgin Atlantic.

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