Keith Palmer

Current Interests - Health Policy and Management

Keith pursued active interests in healthcare improvement in the NHS in England over many years through membership of the board of Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, a major research and teaching hospital in south London and as Chair of the board of Barts and the London NHS Trust, a major research and teaching hospital in East London. He was sequentially a Senior Associate at the Kings Fund and then at the Nuffield Trust for many years and an active participant in analysis and design of health reforms introduced in the early 2000's. In 2012 he was appointed non-executive Director of Monitor, the sector regulator for healthcare in England, and has participated actively in efforts to use Monitor's powers to improve the quliaty of healthcare in England. 

Keith pursues his interest in healthcare improvement in the developing world via his charity, Enterprise for Development, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the design and implementation of social enterprise models for improving healthcare access in low-income developing countries. EfD's near term focus will be on supporting innovative approaches to create sustainable, accessible and cost-effective solutions for improving maternal and newborn child health in the poorest countries.


In 2013 Monitor, originally the regulator of Foundation Trusts, assumed a new wider role as the sector regulator of all licenced healthcare providers in England. Its main duty is to protect and promote the interests of patients by ensuring care is effective, efficient and economic and maintains or improves the quality of care. The Monitor board is tasked with devising and implementing a regulatory strategy best suited to ensuring this is achieved. Keith joined the board in April 2012 and was appointed Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director in 2014.

Recent publications and presentations on Health Policy and Management

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