Westminster Health Forum

The future for exporting UK healthcare services, innovation and expertise: accessing support, increasing collaborations and next steps for the Export Catalyst

Morning, Tuesday, 22nd October 2019

Central London


This conference will be a timely opportunity to discuss the next steps for exporting UK healthcare services, innovation and expertise.

The seminar follows the introduction of Healthcare UK’s Export Catalyst, which aims to help the NHS access export opportunities of up to £7bn a year over the following ten years and support partnerships overseas.

Delegates will assess the impact of the Catalyst on supporting NHS organisations find opportunities and win contracts - as well as key issues for accessing support available to UK suppliers to expand export capabilities.

In light of the wider ambition in the Department for International Trade’s Export Strategy to grow the export performance of the UK, attendees will also discuss the next steps for scaling up UK healthcare exports over the next decade and overcoming barriers to exporting - including priorities for identifying markets and opportunities, finding funding and finance and developing the right skills to navigate the process.

The agenda includes discussion on the next steps for tackling the challenges to translate proven NHS innovations overseas, following the commitment in the NHS Long Term Plan to create an NHS Export Collaborative by 2021 to help NHS trusts export innovations.

We expect further discussion on Healthcare UK’s progress of meeting key objectives outlined in their annual review, such as engaging the healthcare sector, increasing international promotion and identifying and converting opportunities into successes.  

Keynote Speaker

Noel Gordon

Chair, Healthcare UK and Chair, NHS Digital

Keynote Speaker

Noel Gordon

Chair, Healthcare UK and Chair, NHS Digital


Professor Chas Bountra

Chief Scientist, Structural Genomics Consortium, Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Innovation, University of Oxford

Richard Simon-Lewis

Head, Origination, Client Coverage, Marketing and Communications, UK Export Finance