Westminster Health Forum

Health research in England - funding and support, regulation and uptake, and the future of the UK as a clinical research centre

Morning, Thursday, 26th March 2020

Central London


This conference will consider the future of health research in England.

The agenda includes a keynote address from Dr Louise Wood, Director, Science, Research and Evidence, Department of Health and Social Care.

The discussion takes place amid a range of significant developments affecting the future of health research, including:

  • government commitments to improve research transparency and reporting in response to the Science and Technology Commons Select Committee’s report into research integrity;
  • funding for researchers who have sought EU funding after Brexit announced by government;
  • investment  in health research announced by the Government to tackle priorities such as dementia, obesity and mental health; and
  • the NHS Long Term Plan Implementation Framework and plans for involving local areas in testing innovations in real world settings.

The agenda in summary

  • Priorities for health research policy in England - looking at public and private investment, and the wider research environment;
  • Encouraging research uptake - regulation, safeguarding data and navigating the approval process:

    • Regulation of research and clinical trials;
    • Utilising data-protection, appropriate sharing and maintaining public trust;
    • Transparency in research - ethics, reproducibility and reporting results;
    • Patient and public engagement in health research;
    • Case study - opportunities for learning from the NHS Test Beds Programme;
  • Health research and the research workforce - funding, the impact of Brexit and encouraging cross-sector collaboration; and
  • Ensuring the UK remains an attractive place to carry out clinical research.

Keynote Speaker

Dr Louise Wood

Director, Science, Research and Evidence, Department of Health and Social Care

Keynote Speaker

Dr Louise Wood

Director, Science, Research and Evidence, Department of Health and Social Care


Lord Sharkey

Chair, Association of Medical Research Charities

Lord Butler of Brockwell

Non-Executive Director, King’s Health Partners


Dr Janet Allen

Director of Strategic Innovation, Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Professor Ian Hall

Professor of Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and Director, Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, University of Nottingham and Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees, Asthma UK

Dr Axel Heitmueller

Managing Director, Imperial College Health Partners

John Craig

Chief Executive, Care City

Dr Neville Young

Director, Enterprise and Innovation, Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network

Teresa Allen

Chief Executive, Health Research Authority

Dr Matt Westmore

Director of Enterprise and Partnerships, Wessex Institute; Operations Director, NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre and Member, Research Transparency Group, Health Research Authority

Christine McGrath

Director, Research and Development, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Chair, UKRD

Dr Sheuli Porkess

Executive Director, Research, Medical and Innovation, ABPI