Scott Bentley, Carnall Farrar

Thought Leader Consultant of the Year

Scott is an Associate Partner at CF and co-leads their work in Life Sciences. He has deep expertise across the healthcare sector, working extensively with both healthcare systems and life sciences companies.

On Sunday 16th August Scott’s work gained national news coverage just below the fold of the Sunday Times, with a story long in coming about the unfortunate toll that COVID had taken on cancer patients. It highlighted the potential of 3,600-7,200 excess deaths that may occur as a result. How did we get here?

First, a need was identified. COVID was still a hot topic, but limited work had been done to understand the potential impact outside of those with the virus. Questions were beginning to be asked about cancer, but a full investigation was yet to be done. Scott led a team of experts including Professor Sir Mike Richards, and an internal team. The expert input allowed the overall shaping of the document, which was supplemented by descriptive analyses that demonstrated the impact observed so far. Modelling then looked at the potential impact in future years, putting survival rates back between 5-11 years. The IPPR (Institute for Public Policy Research) lined up the press coverage, which culminated with a front-page splash in the Sunday Times, and was subsequently picked up by 3 more newspapers the following day. Our work was used by the chair of the Health Select committee Jeremy Hunt, in scrutiny of the Secretary of State’s work.

Since this first publication, Scott has led the development on three more updates on the impact of COVID on cancer and the development other thought leadership pieces that have each attracted national press coverage for the insights they have delivered.