Westminster Health Forum

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


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

It is timed to bring together stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the future regulation of research and clinical trials - including supporting collaboration between the NHS, industry and academia, and ensuring the UK remains an attractive place to carry out research.

The agenda includes keynote addresses from: Professor David Crossman, Chief Scientist, Health, NHS Scotland; and Dr Louise Wood, Director, Science, Research and Evidence, Department of Health and Social Care.

Further keynote contributors include: Dr Janet Allen, Cystic Fibrosis Trust; Teresa Allen, Health Research Authority; John Craig, Care City; Dr Axel Heitmueller, Imperial College Health Partners and Professor Matt Westmore, University of Southampton.

Also speaking are: Professor Ian Hall, University of Nottingham; Christine McGrath, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and UKRD; Dr Sheuli Porkess, ABPI and Dr Neville Young, Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network.

The chairs are: Lord Butler of Brockwell, Non-Executive Director, King’s Health Partners and Lord Sharkey, Chair, Association of Medical Research Charities.

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 - reproducibility, reporting results and impact;
    • Patient and public engagement in health research; and
    • Opportunities for learning from the NHS Test Beds Programme - a case study.
  • 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.

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