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Unique forum will unite NHS and industry to drive innovation

HSJ Life Sciences Forum will explore key NHS challenges and debate future of medicines, by Sarah Eglington, Client Services Director at Wilmington Healthcare

The Life Sciences Industrial Strategy made it clear that collaboration between the NHS and industry is essential to foster innovation. To help facilitate this process, HSJ which is part of Wilmington Healthcare, will host a unique Life Sciences Forum on Wednesday, June 6.  

Senior representatives from pharma, med tech and the NHS are invited to attend this exclusive event at BMA House in London, which will feature presentations from high profile speakers within the healthcare sector and opportunities for guests to join in the discussions.  

The event aims to help industry develop stronger relationships with leaders from NHS England, Regional Medicines Optimisation Committees (RMOCs), Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) and Integrated Care Systems (ICSs), and influence debate around the future direction of travel for medicines.

It will also help industry to better understand the challenges facing the NHS by learning about its priorities at a local and national level. Guests can find out about partnership working approaches through collaboration with Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) too.  

The Life Sciences Forum is designed to enable both parties to have honest and candid discussions on how to develop relationships and drive innovation to ensure patient outcomes are improved and efficiencies are realised. More than 50 people have contributed to background research to ensure the event programme meets the needs of both the pharma and med-tech sectors, as well as the NHS.

Key speakers

Speakers will include the ministerial lead for life sciences policy and NHS innovation, Lord O’Shaughnessy, who will lead the first keynote session on the theme of ‘Implementing the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy’.

The second keynote session of the day on the theme of
Strengthening collaboration with NHS and industry’, will be led by Ian Dodge, National Director, Strategy and Innovation, NHS England.

Another key speaker will be Steve Oldfield, the Department of Health and Social Care’s chief commercial officer and the person charged with renegotiating the £8bn pharmaceutical pricing regulation scheme, who will be a panellist on a session about ‘Negotiating the PPRS – Assessing what comes next’.

Representatives from NICE, MHRA and ABPI will also be among those involved in the wide-ranging debates which will help guests to understand how to develop relationships with and deliver innovation to the NHS.

An overview of the agenda

Candid and open discussion about access and pricing as the deadline for completing PPRS negotiations rapidly approaches

Keynote sessions in which NHS England and STP leaders outline their strategic vision and what role the life sciences sector can play in supporting it

Lively debate about the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy and how barriers between industry and NHS can be broken down to realise its goals

Opportunity for industry and the newly established RMOCs to engage in a dialogue about medicines optimisation and what specific challenges the NHS faces in terms of eliminating waste and variation to meet the efficiency agenda
Breakout sessions in which AHSNs, industry and the NHS can discuss service redesign, patient pathways and the innovation from industry that’s required to deliver an ambitious programme of transformation

Clarity on the role of NICE and the chance to feedback on the
Health Technology Assessment (HTA) process

Increased knowledge of the challenges and changes in the NHS at a national level in terms of specialised commissioning and at a local level  


There is a pressing need for the pharma and med tech sectors to work more closely with the NHS, to maximise value for money while also ensuring access to innovative medicines and devices. The HSJ Life Sciences Forum is a unique opportunity for industry and the NHS to come together to discuss their challenges and identify solutions.

For more information about the event and details on how to sign up for it, please visit                                                                               

Sarah Eglington is Client Services Director at Wilmington Healthcare. For information on Wilmington Healthcare, log on to

18th April 2018


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