Please find the agenda for the conference below. Speaker details will be updated throughout the run up to the conference.

Our programme has been built around three key themes. To find out which sessions fall into each theme, please click register now where you will be able to view this in more detail.

  • Horizon scanning
  • Technology
  • Guidance and evidence 


08:00 - Registration and refreshments

09:00 - Audience welcome from Dr Phil Hammond

09:05 - Welcome from the Chair of NICE

09:20 - NICE and the future of health and care

09:40 - In conversation: NICE Chair and Chief Executive

10:10 - Follow the evidence - but where does it lead?

Developing guidance can involve managing tensions and conflicts. These might be differences between clinical trials and real-world data, the challenge of limited research evidence, the practicalities of implementation and a range of views from patients, professionals and industry. This session explores how NICE navigates these issues now, how thinking might evolve, and how NICE is transforming the way it produces its recommendations.

11:00 - Remembrance Day Two Minutes Silence


11:02 - Morning refreshments and networking


11:30 - Breakout sessions

Bringing innovation to genomic medicine

NHS England has established a genomic medicine service to enable patients to benefit from advances in genomics. How can NICE help ensure that patients have access to cost effective genomic medicine services and earlier diagnosis?

Health, care and the climate emergency

NICE has a role to play in encouraging the health and care system to minimise its carbon emissions, currently around 6% of the country’s total. This session debates what levers could be used to cut emissions, how guidance might reflect the environmental impact of new medical technologies, and whether environmental harm should be a factor in the institute’s judgments.

The science and art of quality improvement

Using evidence and guidelines to improve clinical practice remains one of the biggest challenges across the healthcare system. This session looks at how to deliver evidence-based improvement, including a case study of how Hammersmith and Fulham turned around its maternity physical and mental healthcare.

12:35 - Breakout sessions

Getting the right data

  • It can take three to five years to bring together clinical trial data to present to NICE. How should clinical trials be designed to get the right information?
  • What is the role of real-world evidence and how is it collected?
  • What is the role of clinicians and the patient voice?
  • How can a trial be designed for very small patient numbers?

The post-Brexit world

  • How can UK regulators collaborate more effectively with their international partners in the post-Brexit world?
  • The practical implications of Brexit for the NHS such as costs and timely access to innovative treatments.

Tackling big killers

  • The advent of integrated care systems across England brings a renewed focus on managing population health. This session discusses how the healthcare system should assess and respond to population health risks around three big killers – heart disease, stroke and respiratory diseases.
  • Infectious diseases are threatening to return as big killers, with the increasing risk of antimicrobial resistance. The session will also consider how to balance the risks of sepsis against the risks of antimicrobial resistance.

13:20 - Lunch

13:40 - Optional NICE Field Team drop in sessions - Discuss challenges and share learning with colleagues from your region.


14:25 - Breakout sessions

Accelerated Access Collaborative - the big picture

  • The Accelerated Access Collaborative was established to make the UK one of the most pro-innovation healthcare systems in the world. This session will consider the initiatives the collaborative has been pursuing such as horizon scanning, the MedTech Funding Mandate, early engagement, early stage products and rapid update products.

Transforming care for people with learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges

  • The health and care system is still struggling to deliver high quality, compassionate and coordinated care for people with learning disabilities and behaviours that challenge. How should care be improved?

Over-diagnosis: intervening too soon and too much?

  • Medicalisation and over-diagnosis can compromise patients' quality of life and increase pressure on healthcare resources. This session will highlight the complexities of over-diagnosis and examine growing challenges such as the appropriate uses of screening. A hypertension case study will be used which brings many of these issues together. 

15:20 - Breakout sessions

NICE technologies guidance - future-proofing our methods

  • What is changing at NICE? How will it affect companies and patients?

NICE’s response to COVID-19 

  • Session details to follow

Workshop - putting guidelines at the heart of integrated care ​

  • As England tries to integrate care, evidence should be driving the redesign of service pathways and improvements in population health. Using examples from the work of the NICE field team with local health and care systems, this session discusses how guidelines can be used to develop new approaches to care and build the foundations of integration.

16:00 - Afternoon break and refreshments


16:20 - Intelligent Machines - harnessing the power of algorithms 

Artificial intelligence raises profound questions for healthcare, such as how to validate systems which are constantly learning and adapting, how to eliminate bias, whether being more reliable than a human is enough and finding the right balance between regulation and innovation. And there are practical barriers, with few parts of the NHS ready to exploit the potential of AI. This session debates the questions faced by innovators, regulators and practitioners.

17:00 - Conference close