Exploring the future hospital

20 October 2015

The session will discuss the seminal and influential Future Hospital Commission report published by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in the UK in 2013.  We will explore the drivers that informed the Commission focus, the role that the report has had in influencing health care provision in the UK, and provide details of a new and innovative programme that is supporting the implementatino of its recommendations from within the RCP, the national body that represents over 30,000 physicians

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Dr. Mark Temple is a Consultant Physician and Nephrologist, Heart of England Foundation Trust, Birmingham. He pursued his interests in improving the quality and safety of acute medical services as Clinical Director of Acute & General Medicine and subsequently Associate Medical Director in the Trust.

As Acute Care Fellow at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), Mark’s agenda for improving the delivery of acute medical care is summarised in the RCP acute care toolkit series that he commissioned and edited (2011-14):


Mark chaired the hospital pathways work stream of the Future Hospital Commission convened by the RCP. Following publication of the Commission’s report, Mark was appointed Future Hospital Officer in May 2014 to help lead the implementation programme.

Sue Latchem is the Programme Lead for the RCP Future Hospital Programme implementing the Future Hospital Commission (FHC) recommendations. She is a Nurse and Midwife by background. She has a passion for evidence based healthcare and is also an Operations Director at the National Clinical Guideline Centre (NCGC). Hosted by the Royal College of Physicians, the NCGC is one of the largest clinical guideline development organisations in the world.

As Programme Lead, Sue is working with the Future Hospital Officers and the RCP officers, fellows and members to take the recommendations in the FHC from ‘page to practice’.

She leads a project team and a team of experts in quality improvement measurement and organisational development to support physicians to model the ‘Future Hospital’. Aiming to connect a community of physicians working in these new ways, the team is supporting the development of a ‘Partners Network’ with the intention of sharing exemplars from practice, resources and disseminating learning from the Programme.