Morning, Tuesday, 2nd November 2021
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will examine policy priorities for clinical research in light of the disruption caused by the pandemic and the continued focus on tackling longstanding research challenges around diversity, funding, data use, and the uptake in emerging methods.
This will be an opportunity to discuss how to drive forward clinical research in the UK following the developments and lessons taken from COVID-19. Delegates will also discuss policy priorities, with the conference following the publication of Saving and improving lives: the future of UK clinical research, setting out the Government’s strategic vision for clinical research in the UK, with five key themes:
- putting clinical research delivery at the center of the NHS
- improving participation and accessibility for patient-centred research
- streamlining clinical research, including improving efficiency and using innovation
- driving the use of digital systems and data-enabled research delivery
- developing a sustainable research delivery workforce
As the Government sets out £64m of funding to support delivering the 2021-22 implementation plan for clinical research, delegates will discuss the priorities for optimising these funds and delivering short-term actions.
We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Professor Matt Westmore, Chief Executive, Health Research Authority; Dr Amitava Banerjee, Associate Professor in Clinical Data Science and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, UCL; Hannah Davies, Head of External Affairs and Health Inequalities Lead, Northern Health Science Alliance; Professor Alastair Denniston, Director, INSIGHT, Health Data Research UK; Consultant Ophthalmologist, Research and Innovation, University Hospitals Birmingham NHSFT; and Deputy Director, Birmingham Health Partners Centre for Regulatory Science and Innovation; Jeremy Taylor, NIHR Director for Public Voice and Director, NIHR Centre for Engagement and Dissemination; and Professor Moira Whyte, Sir John Crofton Professor of Respiratory Medicine, University of Edinburgh; and Chair, Training and Careers Group, Medical Research Council.
Areas for discussion at this conference include:
- the impact of COVID-19 on clinical research activity, measures for improving resilience within the research ecosystem, and taking a collaborative approach to future research
- improving research participation and accessibility, and the role of data in improving diversity
- next steps for improving efficiency in the clinical research process, and the use of data and digital infrastructure in optimising research studies
- meeting research funding needs, maintaining the UK’s status as a leading research destination, and preparing for the development of new technologies
- supporting the health workforce, and developing a research culture across all health and care settings
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department for International Trade; the Department of Health and Social Care; and the Office for Life Sciences. Also due to attend are representatives from Becton Dickinson UK; Boehringer Ingelheim; and Clinical Research Network West Midlands.
Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials in this area of public policy, together with regulators, pharmaceutical companies, representatives from the NHS, executive agencies including clinical staff, pharmacists, research institutes, data specialists, medical technology companies, the independent and third sectors, patients groups, law firms, consultancies, and others affected by the issues discussed as well as academics and think tanks, and reporters from the national and specialist media.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
- networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference