***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will be an opportunity to discuss how best to drive forward clinical research in the UK following the developments and lessons taken from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Delegates will also discuss priorities and next steps following Saving and improving lives: the future of UK clinical research, which sets out the Government’s strategic vision, with five key themes including:

  • putting clinical research delivery at the centre of the NHS
  • patient-centred research – improving participation and accessibility
  • streamlining clinical research – including improving efficiency and the use of innovation
  • driving the use of digital systems and data-enabled research
  • developing a sustainable research workforce

There will also be discussion on tackling longstanding research challenges around funding, data use, the uptake of innovation, and diversity.

Overall, sessions in the agenda will also look at:

  • priorities for advancing clinical research and overcoming key challenges
  • key issues for funding and maintaining the UK’s status as a leading research destination
  • improving patient access to innovative research and improving trust and transparency
  • developing an inclusive research environment
  • the role of research in addressing health inequalities across the UK
  • supporting the research delivery workforce and developing a research culture across the health system


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department for International Trade; the Department of Health and Social Care; the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency; the Office for Life Sciences; and The Scottish Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Anglia Ruskin UniversityBecton Dickinson UKBoehringer IngelheimBournemouth UniversityClinical Research Network West MidlandsCygnet Health CareHampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustJanssen R&DNHS LothianNIHROxford Brookes UniversityPulmonary Hypertension Association UKRoyal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation TrustSanofiSociety and College of RadiographersThe Academy of Medical SciencesUniversity Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation TrustUniversity Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation TrustUniversity of GlasgowUniversity of Southampton; and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials in this area of public policy, together with regulators, pharmaceutical companies, representatives from the NHS, executive agencies including clinical staff, pharmacists, research institutes, data specialists, medical technology companies, the independent and third sectors, patients groups, law firms, consultancies, and others affected by the issues discussed as well as academics and think tanks, and reporters from the national and specialist media.

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

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