Grants awarded

Border Crossings: charity and voluntarism in Britain's mixed economy of health care since 1948

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Prof John Mohan

University of Birmingham

United Kingdom

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Prof Martin Gorsky

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

United Kingdom

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Prof Bernard Harris

University of Strathclyde

United Kingdom

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Dr Ellen Stewart

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

The NHS is famously a state-run health service, yet it has always made space for some charitable activities. These include some of the wealthiest charities in the country. The boundaries between state-run and charitably-run activities have shifted over the decades. What difference do these unusual charitable actors make, and how should policy manage them in the future?

We will study how health policy has understood, and sought to change, the role of charities in the NHS. We will also analyse the amount and distribution of charitable fundraising for NHS charities and study a selection of NHS charities historically and in the present day.

We will develop a collective account of the effects – both positive and problematic – of these organisations in the UK health system. This will change our understanding of the NHS and inform suggestions for the future of charities in the NHS.