Join us at the NHS R&D Forum conference 2020

Last updated on 6 Mar 2020

Join us at the annual NHS R&D Forum conference, RDF20, in Newcastle this May. The conference, held in association with the HRA, is the place to be for research managers, sponsors and researchers, offering a range of keynote presentations, workshops and discussions on key issues in health and social care research. 

The HRA will be running a number of interactive workshops over the course of the conference, focussing on our priorities for 2020:

  • Clinical Trials Combined Ways of Working: led by Janet Messer, Director of Approvals and Catherine Blewett, Senior Development Manager, this session will share experience from the Combined Ways of Working pilot that provides an integrated review between REC and MHRA of clinical trials. We will update on the development of new functionality in IRAS to support it.
  • Making it Public – Transparency in Research: led by Naho Yamazaki, Head of Policy and Engagement. This session will be looking at the implementation of the HRA’s Make it Public strategy to improve transparency in health and social care research
  • What makes good guidance: Eve Hart, Head of Communications and Sue Bourne, Head of Guidance and Advice, will lead an interactive workshop looking at how we can improve our guidance for researchers and sponsors.
  • Optimising Study Set up: led by Alastair Nicholson, Senior Development Manager/ Interim Programme Manager, this session will look at all the work being done across the UK to optimise the study set-up pathway.

Our chair, Professor Sir Terence Stephenson, will also be at the conference, chairing a plenary session on Monday 11 May. This will be Sir Terence’s first attendance at the conference following his appointment as Chair of the HRA.

RDF20, which will run from 10-12 May 2020, at the Sage Gateshead Conference Centre in Newcastle, is expected to attract over 500 delegates. To sign up for the conference and review the full programme please visit the NHS R&D forum website:

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