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Next steps for the test and trace service in England and priorities for the National Institute for Health Protection

January 2021


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will discuss policy options and next steps for the NHS test and trace service in England and its role going forward.


It includes a contribution from Baroness Dido Harding, Interim Chair, National Institute of Health Protection England; Executive Chair, NHS Test and Trace


The conference also looks ahead to priorities for the work of the new National Institute for Health Protection when it formally begins operating from Spring 2021 and is due to take place shortly after new national restrictions are due to end.


The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the DHSC; the DCMS; the Home Office; the Cabinet Office; the MHRA; the CDEI; the CMA; the FCDO; the Joint Biosecurity Centre; the NAO; and the Welsh Government.


The agenda:


  • Coordinating local emergency response planning and key capabilities of local government leading local test and trace efforts
  • Case study: mass testing in Liverpool - impact on the local population and case numbers, lessons for other areas, and the parallel role of contact tracing
  • Planning and implementing local outbreak control - local community engagement, utilising data, supporting vulnerable groups, and priorities for the National Institute for Health Protection
  • National health protection capability, supporting local authorities to manage outbreaks, and driving forward the test and trace programme
  • Priorities for scaling up testing capacity, improving accessibility and taking forward new generations of testing
  • Utilising behaviour change methods to drive trust, uptake and support in the NHS Test and Trace programme
  • Learning from international test and trace efforts
  • Improving contact tracing, the role of a COVID-19 app, and applying digital methods to tracing

Policy officials attending


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stake holders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons Library, and officials from the Department of Health and Social Care; the DCMS; the Home Office; the Cabinet Office; the MHRA; the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation; the Competition & Markets Authority; the FCDO; the Joint Biosecurity Centre; the NAO; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Accenture; Cambridgeshire County Council; Cepheid; CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang; FTI Consulting; Health Service Executive; Kent Fire & Rescue Service; KPMG; Mobile Visual Information Systems; RJA Logix and Staffordshire County Council.
Press passes have been reserved by representatives from the HSJ; MLex and The Lancet.


Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior officials from DfE, and other Government departments and agencies, university and college leaders; academics and other higher education professionals; representatives from students’ unions; the health sector; local authorities; the police; interest groups and the voluntary sector; along with commentators and reporters from the national and trade media.


This is a full-scale conference taking place online***


  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording 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



This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles