The Salford Lectures: Ian Smith Chairman of Four Seasons Healthcare

Thursday 1 January 1970 1.00am - Thursday 1 January 1970 1.00am

You are invited to join us for a lectures delivered by Ian Smith, Chairman of Four Seasons Healthcare.

Ian will discuss the current NHS system which he feels isn't capable of giving us the care we need in the most appropriate setting. The main reason being that it is stuck in time. Ian says "The model of care was created in 1948 when the epidemiology of disease, social policy and people’s lives were very different from today. The NHS was therefore founded on an acute care model, based on district general hospitals – which at the time performed relatively simple clinical procedures – and GP surgeries handling minor ailments. Social care was not a large part of the system. The model has barely changed since. Our society has, however."

Ian is currently Chairman of Four Seasons Healthcare, which owns and operates over 500 care centres and hospitals in the UK, employing 30,000 people. Prior to this Ian was, CEO of Reed Elsevier, CEO of Taylor Woodrow and CEO of General Healthcare Group, which owned and operated nearly 70 hospitals (comprising a mixture of acute surgical facilities and psychiatric care) in the UK. Ian is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Salford and a member of the University of Salford’s Institute for Dementia Advisory Board.

The national debate on the future of the NHS, ‘Devo-Manc’, health care, the ageing population, advances in medicine etc. means that Ian’s visit to Salford is coming at the right time. His perspective as a leader of one of the country’s foremost providers of health and social care services will add considerably to this debate and our understanding of the issues. This public event is open to all and is sure to result in an interesting, important, thought-provoking and timely addition to the national debate on the future of healthcare. This issue matters to each and every one of us, so please register early to attend.

To register to attend this event please click here.

For further information, please contact Sarah Christie at or on 0161 295 5275.