Book launch of ‘A New Health and Care System: Escaping the Invisible Asylum’

Tuesday 20th March 2018 4pm to 6pm

Benzie 4.03, Manchester Metropolitan University, Higher Ormond Street, Manchester, M15 6BG

In his new book, Alex Fox OBE, Chief Executive of Shared Lives Plus, asks how we can find sustainable and human ways to care for people with long-term needs.

The rules and assumptions of the invisible asylum are felt in ‘community’ services that feel nothing like community. Alex Fox proposes his alternative model: replace current institutionalised responses by focusing on maintaining wellbeing rather than reacting to crisis. Responsibilities, resources and risks are fairly and transparently shared as this book offers steps which citizens, frontline services and government can take to achieve progress.

Info: Escaping the Invisible Asylum: Creating a New Health and Care System

Hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University’s think tank, MetroPolis

MetroPolis is an academically-led thinktank interested in a wider range of regional, national and international social and economic policies. It connects practitioners, academics and policymakers to help academics maximize the impact of their research.


In addition to Alex Fox, speakers are:

  • Jon Rouse: Chief Officer of Greater Manchester Health and Care Partnership

As CO, Rouse plays a significant role in the regions health and social care sector ensuring the delivery of Greater Manchester’s five-year vision and the 10 locality-based plans. Prior to this appointment, Jon was the Director General at the Department of Health.

  • Liz Kendall MP: Leicester West MP and previous Shadow Minister for Care and Older People

Kendal worked as Associate Director for health, social care and children’s early years at IPPR as well as in the Department of Health where she was involved in bringing in the 2006 smoking ban. She has a wealth of experience in health, as well as authoring a number of books relating to health.

  • Prof Sue Baines: Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University within the Centre for Enterprise and Policy Evaluation and Research Unit

Professor Sue Baines has experience of multi-disciplinary research, evaluation and knowledge exchange. This covers social economy, social enterprise, and the application of digital technologies in public services. She has researched and published extensively on these themes, with funding from sponsors including UK research Councils and the European Commission.



Read reviews and order the book from the Policy Press here.

“This is an original and clear-eyed view of the ways in which our health and care systems put dysfunctional rules and processes between people who need support and those whose role is to care for them.”

Nigel Edwards, CEO, Nuffield Foundation

“Here Alex Fox tells its (Shared Lives) story and persuasively draws out its radical implications for the future of the whole health and care system.”

Geoff Mulgan, CEO, Nesta

“In this insightful book, Alex Fox gets to the heart of why attempts to reform our care and health services so often falter, and, drawing on his unique perspective, sets out a genuinely original alternative.”

Matthew Taylor, CEO, RSA

“This is hard-hitting critique of our current care system – an account of why things are the way they are and how they could be different in future. Everyone who cares about health and social care should read it, and respond.”

Jon Glasby, Professor of Health and Social Care, Head of the School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham




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