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Utilising data within health and social care - priorities for data-sharing, delivering efficiencies and driving research and innovation

Morning, Wednesday, 20th October 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine the applications of data in health and social care and discuss the measures that can be taken to scale up use, develop best practice guidelines, and support adoption across all levels of the health system.

It takes place following the draft NHS X strategy, Data Saves Lives, which is currently open for consultation and aims to improve understanding around data, address barriers to its use in health and social care, and develop a new approach to data-sharing following the use of data through the pandemic.

This conference will be an opportunity to discuss the role of data in addressing key healthcare challenges going forward, and what this approach should look like, as the Government proposes reforms to healthcare to support innovation and integration.

Key areas for discussion at this conference include:

  • the use of data during the pandemic and ways that this can be built upon going forward
  • fine-tuning the approach to data collection, identifying guiding principles, and developing best practice and regulation
  • the use of data at the local level, and exploring the potential for developing population health methods
  • scaling up data use across the health system, and meeting emerging needs around training and infrastructure
  • the role of health data in driving forward research and innovation to improve health outcomes


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department of Health and Social Care; the Department for International Trade; the Food Standards Agency; the Geospatial Commission; HM Treasury; the Office for Life Sciences; and The Scottish Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Bird & Bird; Cabinet Office; Change Grow Live; Coproduce Care; Covington & Burling; Economist Intelligence Unit; Gordons Partnership; King's College London; Mills & Reeve; University of Edinburgh; and University of Glasgow.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from regulators, pharmaceutical companies, representatives from the NHS, executive agencies including clinical staff, pharmacists, local government, data protection specialists, the independent and third sectors, patients groups, law firms, consultancies, and others affected by the issues discussed as well as academics and think tanks, together with 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

Keynote Speakers

Des Holden

Medical Director, Kent Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network

Adam Steventon

Director of Data Analytics, Health Foundation

Dr Ben Goldacre

Lead, Goldacre Review and Director, The DataLab, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

Páll Jónsson

Programme Director, NICE


Rt Hon David Davis MP

Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Deliberative Democracy


Phil Booth

Coordinator, medConfidential

Andrew Davies

Digital Health Lead, Association of British HealthTech Industries

Chris Alderson

Partner, Hempsons

Professor Sir Martin Landray

Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, University of Oxford

Jacob Lant

Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Healthwatch England

Dr Farah Jameel

Executive Member, England General Practitioner Committee, BMA and Chair, Camden Local Medical Committee

Alan Davies

Innovative Programmes and Partnerships Director, Innovation, Digital and Transformation Directorate, Health Education England

Nadra Ahmed

Chair, National Care Association