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 seminar will consider the future of health research in England.

Delegates will discuss the regulation of research and clinical trials.

It follows the Government’s response to the Science and Technology Commons Select Committee’s report into research integrity, which included commitments to improve research transparency and ensure the reporting of all clinical trials.

We expect discussion on the draft strategy for improving transparency which is due to be published by Health Research Authority later this year - looking at the funding required, how to measure compliance, and enforcement.

Further sessions will consider the use of patient data in research, as well as how research and innovation can benefit from open data sharing whilst maintaining patient data protection.

Attendees will consider the priorities for utilising the recently announced Government investment of £135m in health research to tackle the biggest challenges in health and social care.

Areas for discussion include how to support cross-sector partnerships and collaboration between the NHS, industry and academia, and overcome barriers to adoption including funding for uptake.

Delegates will also consider what support can be provided to researchers through the approval process for new medicines and technologies - there will be a case study on opportunities for learning from the NHS Test Beds programme.

Following the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan Implementation Framework - and with local areas required to publish their five-year plans by November 2019 - we expect discussion on how local areas can contribute to national ambitions to increase public and patient participation in research, test innovations in real world settings and ensure local adoption.

The agenda also looks at how to ensure the UK remains an attractive place to carry out clinical research.

It follows the announcement that the Government will provide funding for researchers who have sought EU funding after Brexit.

We expect further discussion on attracting and retaining the research workforce, in light of the Government’s proposed fast-track immigration route for researchers and scientists.

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


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