Kate Langford

Programme Lead: Health and Social Care
Kate is currently leading our portfolio of work in Health and Social Care.

She is an experienced researcher, project manager and facilitator who is passionate about turning ideas into tangible products and services that will improve public services and people’s lives. She combines policy expertise with practical project management, service design and implementation skills.

Kate has led projects across public sector services at Innovation Unit - from ethnographic research to understand people’s experiences of primary care, to supporting the NHS Integrated Care Pioneer programme. She is currently working with Mind to develop their primary care strategy and UCL Partners to co-design the NHS Innovation Accelerator.

She was previously part of our work on Nesta’s People Powered Health programme and the Health Foundation funded M(ums)Power project. In addition to leading projects, Kate has also co-authored several of our health publications, including '10 ideas for 21st century healthcare', '10 solutions for 21st century healthcare' and the suite of People Powered Health publications.

At the beginning of 2015 Kate spent three months on secondment at the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Cape Town, supporting their work on Health Innovation. As part of this secondment she helped to develop and run the innovation programme for Cape Town’s largest public hospital, Groote Schuur. She supported a range of innovation projects at the hospital including designing an adolescent-centred renal service.

Before joining Innovation Unit, Kate studied and worked in public health research. She has a Master’s in Public Health from Imperial College London and has researched topics including access to antenatal care, patient experience in hospitals and the diffusion of patient-utilised technologies in the NHS.