Open lecture: CHSS Anniversary

Attend the Centre for Health Services Studies’ (CHSS) 25th Anniversary Open Lecture on Friday 4 July, 4.30-6.30pm, in the Colyer-Fergusson Music Hall.

The Open Lecture, titled ‘Health services research: the gradual encroachment of ideas’, by Professor Nick Black, will discuss the need to demonstrate the value of research and how it threatens the future of health services.

Read the full abstract

There is increasing pressure on researchers and research funding bodies to demonstrate the value of research. Simple approaches, consistent with the biomedical paradigm, based on relating the cost of research to its supposed impact are being investigated and adopted in laboratory and clinical research. While this may be appropriate in such research areas, it should not be applied to health services research which aims to alter the ways policy-makers and managers think about health, disease and health care or, as John Maynard Keynes put it, ‘the gradual encroachment of ideas’. By considering six fundamental assumptions about health care that have been successfully challenged and overturned over the past few decades, the profound and sustained impact of health services research can be demonstrated. The application of economic models of ‘payback’ would fail to recognise such contributions which, in turn, could threaten future funding of health services research.


  • 4.30-5pm: Drinks reception in the Colyer-Fergusson Building Foyer
  • 5-5.15pm: Welcome by Professor John Baldock
  • 5.15-6pm: Open Lecture by Professor Nick Black
  • 6-6.15pm: Questions and answers
  • 6.15-6.30pm: ‘Looking forward’ by Professor Stephen Peckham


The lecture is open to all and free to attend.