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Understanding the NHS (Paperback)

How to Get the Most from Our National Health Service

British History P&S History 20th Century Health White Owl

By Dr Andrew Stein
Imprint: White Owl
Pages: 240
Illustrations: 60 illustrations
ISBN: 9781399007962
Published: 11th May 2022

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An interview with the author via the Daily Express'NHS waiting list backlog "won't be solved by reforms"'

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The NHS is more than a good idea. It is beautiful. And it is you. The importance of the NHS – and the public’s affection for it – cannot be overstated, as seen through the COVID-19 pandemic. The author and his family of medics have lived and breathed the NHS, from before 1948, its birth and its history to date.

But this book is for people who do not come from this medical background and do not have this life experience. Thus there are three target audiences. Firstly, it can contribute to A level study of the NHS, and career advice for 6th form students who are applying to university for a degree in healthcare. Secondly, it will educate health and social care professionals in training and in their early years. So they can start with the knowledge that the author had when he went to university in 1979. Thirdly, the book is for everyone else, who want to know how it all fits together, and in this way, improve their healthcare, and that of their family.

I wish this book had been available when I was applying to medical school. Dr Andrew Stein, a consultant renal and general physician, has produced a highly comprehensive guide to the NHS, at an affordable retail price. ‘Understanding the NHS’ has been written for future and newly qualified health and social care professionals, and the interested general public. I certainly would have found the chapters on research and public health, and even the acronym buster, useful at an early career stage. The author highlights salient topics such as the association between mental and physical health, and the importance of tackling deprivation. Having worked in the NHS for nearly 20 years, I was still able to learn something new from the book including, ironically, the ‘veil of ignorance’...

I feel this book is a significant achievement. Dr Stein has distilled salient information about a hugely complex system into an accessible and comprehensive guide. From podiatry, to prescription charges to PREMs (patient reported experience measures), there is everything the reader needs to understand the NHS in England.

Read the full review here.

Medical Journalists' Association

As featured in the Express, 'NHS waiting list backlog 'won't be solved by reforms''.

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The Express, 13th March 2022

As featured in the Express, 'The five steps to getting NHS off life support and back to health'.

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The Express, 9th January 2022

About Dr Andrew Stein

Dr Andrew Stein is a Consultant Renal and General Physician at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, with 37 years clinical experience in the NHS. He has written five books (for the general public and doctors), makes health educational videos on YouTube (with a GP, Dr James Gill) and runs the MyHSN.co.uk website (about the NHS). Drs Yakup Kilic and James Korolewicz are trainee doctors in London.

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