Discussion on the role of universities in addressing barriers to trade and supporting the expansion of export capabilities, we thought this might be of interest.
The agenda and keynote speakers
• The future for Healthcare UK and next steps for the Export Catalyst - with Noel Gordon, Chair, 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.
• 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 and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Innovation, University of Oxford and Allison Joynson, Director of Transformation, Northumberland County Council; Northumberland CCG and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
• Improving skills, increasing collaborations and driving local economic development - a panel session with:
Richard Simon-Lewis, Head, Origination, Client Coverage, Marketing and Communications, UK Export Finance and Richard Stubbs, Chief Executive Officer, Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network and International Lead, AHSN Network.
• The potential for increasing UK healthcare exports over the next decade.
Assessing the Export Catalyst
The seminar follows the introduction of Healthcare UK’s Export Catalyst, which aims to help the NHS access export opportunities of up to £7bn a year over the following ten years and support partnerships overseas.
Delegates will assess the impact of the 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
In light of the wider ambition in the Department for International Trade’s Export Strategy to grow the export performance of the UK, 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.
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.
The draft agenda is copied below my signature, and a regularly updated version is available to download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Health Forum. Follow us @WHFEvents for live updates.