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Episode 7- David Buck

Season 1, Ep. 7

David Buck talks to us about how much of a privilege he finds his role at The Kings Fund. It really was an absolutely pleasure and a privilege to be able to speak to him for our podcast.

David has had such an interesting career, starting at The Centre for Health Economics in York, moving into The Department of Health and then on to The Kings Fund developing an ever greater interest in reducing health inequalities as he goes. He shares with us how much he values being able to get different perspectives from lots of different sectors and how The Kings Fund works hard to try to do this. He also tells us what he is up to at The Kings Fund, particularly talking about their vision for population health. He explains to us what this vision means theoretically but also what this looks like in reality and how it has been received and used locally since it was released. We also talk prevention, legislation and finance with the recent release of The Prevention Green Paper and he gives me an insight into where The Kings Fund sits in all of this. David talks honestly about how to avoid publications being poorly received and also what makes him lose sleep at night. As always on the the podcast we finish with David’s one big wish for tackling health inequalities.

I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed speaking to David.

David’s best book

The Great Escape by Angus Deaton

Watch out for his Christmas tweet with his favourite books of the year too.

Further reading

The Kings Fund Vision for population health

The Government’s Grand ageing strategy

Lessons from the Wigan deal

Michael Marmot’s- Fair society, healthy lives

CIPFA – Action on prevention

Anchor institutions

Greg Fell’s Blog

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Episode 13- James Matheson

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Episode 12- Sir Michael Marmot

Season 1, Ep. 12
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