Westminster Health Forum

Priorities for Healthcare UK and health exports - partnerships, marketing UK expertise internationally and improving access to new markets

TO BE PUBLISHED November 2019

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

It is bringing together policy officials and stakeholders in healthcare, industry, the supply chain and finance to discuss a range of key policy developments including:

Note policy officials attending

  • This Westminster Health Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons and officials from DHSC; DIT; Life Sciences Organisation and HM Treasury.

The agenda and keynote speakers

  • The future for Healthcare UK and next steps for the Export Catalyst - with Noel Gordon, Chair, Advisory Board, Healthcare UK and Chair, NHS Digital.

Case studies on realising export potential and identifying opportunities:

  • Sharing innovation and the role of digital technology in improving outcomes - with Laura Boyd, Deputy Director, NHS Innovation Accelerator; and
  • Translating NHS expertise overseas - with Dr Layla McCay, Director of International Relations, NHS Confederation.

Further sessions:

  • Accessing support, expanding capabilities and post-Brexit trading relationships - a panel session with:

Professor Chas Bountra, Chief Scientist, Structural Genomics Consortium, Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford; Allison Joynson, Director of Transformation, Northumberland County Council and Dr Niti Pall, Medical Director, Global Health Practice, KPMG.

  • Improving skills, increasing collaborations and driving local economic development - a panel session with:

Dr Na'eem Ahmed, Head of International Partnerships, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust; Mairi Johnson, Chief Partnerships Officer, Babylon Health; Kate Orviss, Lead, Global Health Projects Team, Pinsent Masons; Richard Simon-Lewis, Head, Organisation, Client Coverage, Marketing and Communications, UK Export Finance and Richard Stubbs, International Lead, Academic Health Science Network.

  • The potential for increasing UK healthcare exports over the next decade.

Assessing the Export Catalyst

Delegates will assess the impact of the Export 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.

Translating NHS innovations to international use

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.

Options for achieving export growth

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.

Research partnerships

Discussion is expected on the key issues for implementing the recently published UK International Research and Innovation Strategy, such as the next steps for international collaborations and the UK’s relationship with the EU, providing incentives for UK start-ups and the development of research partnerships.

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

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Health Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates