The AMRC guide to the party conferences

Posted on September 14, 2012 by

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Conference season is upon us! This year, the Lib Dems are in Brighton (22 – 26 September), Labour are in Manchester (30 September – 4 October) and the Conservatives are in Birmingham (7 – 10 October). Becky and myself will be there, as will lots of our members. This is my guide to the must-do events for medical research policy folk.

AMRC is co-hosting a breakfast roundable at each conference with Life Sciences UK – a group representing the life sciences industries. We’ve invited a great group of scientists and research funders to talk directly with policy makers about the actions government can take to help us deliver treatments to patients and grow the UK life sciences sector. AMRC chief executive, Sharmila Nebhrajani, will be chairing the event at the Conservative conference, where we will also be joined by George Freeman MP, life sciences advisor to David Willetts, the science minister. Reform are also holding a series of invite-only events focused on Life sciences:  Is the UK open for business?

My other must-do events:

  • Discussion of Julian Huppert’s new science policy proposal for the Liberal Democrats (Brighton, Monday 9 am)
  • The Appliance of Science: growth, jobs and policy, hosted by the Science Council (Brighton, Tuesday 6.15 pm; Birmingham, Tuesday 5pm)
  • Are Life Sciences An Essential Part Of UK Growth?, hosted by 2020health, where Motor Neurone Disease Association acting chief executive Alasdair McLeish will be speaking alongside George Freeman MP (Birmingham, Sunday 5.30 pm)
  • New partnerships In Healthcare, hosted by the Guardian and ABPI (Birmingham, Monday 8.30 am)
  • Labs To Riches: Science and research as drivers of economic growth, hosted by the Academy of Medical Sciences, The British Academy, The Royal Academy of Engineering & The Royal Society (Birmingham, Tuesday 12.30 pm)

Let us know if you’re going and do comment below if I’ve missed any events that you think everyone should know about.

Liberal Democrats – Brighton

Sunday:

20.00 – Joint Health Hotel and Care Support Alliance Reception

Hilton Hotel – Balmoral room

Monday:

08.30 – Making treatments available to all patients

AMRC and Life Sciences UK

Invite-only roundtable discussion chaired by Amanda Callaghan – ABPI

09.00 – Policy motion: Developing a Future – Policies for Science and Research

Presented by Dr Julian Huppert MP The Brighton Centre (security pass required)

13.00 – In it for the long term; living well with a health condition

Health Hotel: Action on Hearing Loss, British Heart Foundation and Stroke Association Hilton Metropole, Sandringham

Denis Campbell – The Guardian. Paul Burstow MP, Minister of State for Care Service; Cllr David Rogers (invited); Adrian Scott, Stroke Survivor General Practitioner.

18.15 – The New NHS: shaping the future of health services in the community

Health Hotel: Royal College of GPs, Diabetes UK and Royal Pharmaceutical Society Hilton Metropole, Buckingham

Baroness Shirley Williams (invited). Paul Burstow MP; Professor Clare Gerada, Chair – RCGP; Baroness Barbara Young, Chief Executive – Diabetes UK; Sandra Gidley – RPS.

Tuesday:

13.00 – What will doctors do now they are running the NHS?

2020health The Old Ship Hotel – Paganini Ballroom

Baroness Judith Jolly, Co-Chair – Parliamentary Party Committee on Health and Social Care; Justin Ash, CE – Oasis Healthcare; Dr Steve Mowle, Vice-Chair – RCGP; Andy Cowper, Editor – Health Policy Insight; John Restell, CE – Managers in Partnership; Gail Beer – 2020health.

18.15 – The Appliance of Science: growth, jobs and policy

Science Council Hilton Metropole, 106 Bar

Diana Garnham, CEO – Science Council; Julian Huppert MP; Dr Mark Downs, CEO – Society of Biology; Stephen Voller, CEO – Cella Energy; Elizabeth Sparrow, past-president – BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT

Labour – Manchester

Sunday:

19.30 – The Big Health Quiz

Boehringer Ingelheim, Patient Information Forum, Royal College of Surgeons & Localis Purity – Basement Bar

Andy Burnham MP (invited), Shadow Secretary of State for Health

21.00 – Joint Health Hotel and Care & Support Alliance reception

Health Hotel and Care & Support Alliance The Midland Hotel – Alexandra Suite A

Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health

Monday:

08.00 – Growth and innovation, but for what?

Policy Network Manchester Town Hall – Committee Room 2

Lord Adonis; Professor Mariana Mazzucato; Vicky Pryce

08.30 – Making treatments available to all patients

AMRC and Life Sciences UK 

Invite-only roundtable discussion chaired by Steve Bates – BIA

17.45 – The new NHS: Shaping the future of health services in the community

Health Hotel: Diabetes UK, Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal Pharmaceutical Society The Midland Hotel – Lancaster Suite

Lord Adebowale; Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Minister for Health; Prof Clare Gerada – Royal College of General Practitioners; Aileen Bryson – Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

18.00 – It’s innovation stupid: Is the strategy for growth working?

Big Innovation Centre part of The Work Foundation Manchester Central – Exchange (security pass required)

Will Hutton Big Innovation Centre; Chuka Umunna MP, Shadow Business Secretary

Tuesday:

09.00 – Putting patients at the heart of the NHS – the importance of caring

2020health Manchester Town Hall – Committee Room 11

Julia Manning, CEO – 2020health; The Rt Hon Lord Hunt of Kings Heath; Ciaran Devane – Macmillan Cancer Support; Thea Stein – The Princess Royal Trust for Carers; Clare Pelham – Leonard Cheshire Disability; Clare Pelham – Leonard Cheshire Disability

12.30 – What will doctors do now they are meant to be running the NHS?

2020health Manchester Town Hall – Committee Room 11

Julia Manning, CEO – 2020health; Debbie Abrahams MP, PPS to Andy Burnham MP; Dr Clive Peedell – NHS Consultants’ Association; David Worskett – NHS Partners Network

13.00 – The future of the NHS

Socialist Health Association Friends Meeting House – Room G3

Dr Brian Fisher; Lord Hunt, Shadow Spokesperson for Health; Prof Bob Hudson – Durham University

16.15 – An economy that works

The Labour Party Manchester Central – Charter 3 (security pass required)

Policy discussion with members of Labour’s shadow Treasury and BIS teams

16.15 – Health and social care

The Labour Party Manchester Central – Cobden 3&4 (security pass required)

Policy discussion with members of Labour’s shadow Health team

17.30 – The Appliance of Science: growth, jobs and policy

Science Council Midland Hotel – Stanley Suite

Chi Onwurah; Dr Mark Downs, Chief Executive – Society of Biology; Steve Bennington, Chief Scientific Officer – Cella Energy; and Professor Stephen Lea, Emeritus Professor of Psychology – University of Exeter

Conservatives – Birmingham

Sunday:

17.30 – Are Life Sciences An Essential Part Of UK Growth?

2020health Copthorne Hotel (Paradise Circus) – Jubilee & Kohinoor rooms

Julia Manning, Chief Executive – 2020health (Chair); Jim Hagan, Chief Executive Officer – Global Medical Excellence Cluster; George Freeman MP, Life Sciences Advisor to David Willetts; Amanda Callaghan, Director of Corporate Affairs – Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry; Alasdair McLeish, Acting Chief Executive – Motor Neurone Disease Association

19.30 – The Big Health Quiz

Boehringer Ingelheim, Patient Information Forum, Royal College of Surgeons & Localis Pitcher and Piano (Brindleyplace) – Private Room

Conservative Party Spokesperson tbc

Monday:

08.00 – How Do We Make Personalised Medicine A Reality In The NHS?

University of Birmingham Hyatt Regency – Allegro room

Professor Mike Griffiths, Director – West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory; Professor Jon Glasby, Director – Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham; Dr David Rosser, Medical Director – University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

08.30 – Making treatments available to all patients

AMRC and Life Sciences UK 

Invite-only roundtable discussion chaired by Sharmila Nebhrajani – AMRC; we will be joined by George Freeman MP, life sciences advisor to David Willetts

12.30 – Putting Patients At The Heart Of The NHS: The importance of caring

2020health Copthorne Hotel (Paradise Circus) : Jubilee & Kohinoor rooms

Julia Manning, Chief Executive – 2020health (Chair); Anne Milton MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health; Ceinwen Giles, Trustee – Shine Cancer Support; Camilla Cavendish, Associate Editor – The Times; Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive – Macmillan Cancer Support

17.30 – The NHS In 2017: What will be different?

Conservative Health Hyatt Regency – Andante room

Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP, Chair – Health Select Committee; Dr. Charles Alessi, Chair – National Association of Primary Care; Stephen Collier, CEO – BMI Hospitals

19.30 – It’s Innovation Stupid: Is the strategy for growth working?

Big Innovation Centre part of The Work Foundation The ICC – Exec Room 1 (security pass required)

Will Hutton, Chair – Big Innovation Centre (Chair); Birgitte Andersen, Director – Big Innovation Centre

Tuesday:

08.30 – In It For The Long Term; Living well with a health condition

Health Hotel: Action on Hearing Loss, British Heart Foundation & Stroke Association The ICC – Hall 11B (security pass required)

Andrew Jones MP, Harrogate and Knaresborough (Chair); Rt Hon Simon Burns MP, Minister of State for Health; Dr Mike Knapton, GP and Associate Medical Director – British Heart Foundation; Janine Roebuck, Mezzo soprano with hearing loss; TBC, Councillor – LGA

08.30 – New partnerships In Healthcare

The Guardian & ABPI The ICC – Hall 6 (security pass required)

David Brindle, Public Services Editor – The Guardian (Chair); Mike Farrar, Chief Executive – NHS Confederation; Dr Clare Gerada, Chair – Royal College of GPs; Stephen Whitehead, Chief executive – ABPI

11.30 – Health and Education Address

The Conservative Party The ICC (security pass required)

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education

12.30 – What Will Doctors Do Now They Are Meant To Be Running The NHS?

2020health Copthorne Hotel (Paradise Circus) – Jubilee & Kohinoor

Dr Phillip Lee MP, Bracknell; Dr Johnny Marshall, Executive Member – National Association of Primary Care; Randeep Ramesh, Social Affairs Editor – The Guardian; Sir Steven Bubb, Chief Executive – Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations; David Worskett, Director – NHS Partners Network

12.30 – Labs To Riches: Science and research as drivers of economic growth

The Academy of Medical Sciences, The British Academy, The Royal Academy of Engineering & The Royal Society The ICC – Symphony Hall Foyer, Level 5A (security pass required)

Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science; Simon Campbell FMedSci FRS, Former Senior Vice-President for Worldwide Discovery and Medicinals R&D Europe – Pfizer

17.00 – The Appliance Of Science: Growth, Jobs and Policy

Science Council Hyatt Regency – Soprano

Diana Garnham, Chief Executive – Science Council (Chair); George Freeman MP, life sciences advisoer to David Willetts MP; Dr Mark Downs, Chief Executive – Society of Biology; Professor Stephen Lea, Emeritus Professor of Psychology – University of Exeter; Professor Steve Bennington, Chief Scientific Officer – Cella Energy; Professor Muffy Caulder, Scottish Chief Scientific Adviser

17.15 – Spiralling Debt Or Sound Investment? How can higher education tackle the deficit?

million+ & NUS The ICC – Hall 10B (security pass required)

Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science; Professor Patrick McGhee, Chair of million+, the university think-tank and Vice-Chancellor – University of East London; Liam Burns, President – National Union of Students

17.30 – Boomers Then Bust: Is giving a generation game?

Charities Aid Foundation The ICC – Exec Room 7 (security pass required)

Toby Helm, Political Editor – The Observer (Chair); Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society – Cabinet Office; Professor Sarah Smith – University of Bristol; John Low, Chief Executive – Charities Aid Foundation; Rory Stewart OBE MP, Penrith and The Border

You can download free guides to all the fringe events here (you have to give your details though)

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