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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.

  • Life sciences – value and vision​
  • Digital health
  • Patient-centred quality care


Monday 25 June 2018


Pre-conference networking reception and Shared Learning Awards
Conference venue


Tuesday 26 June 2018

08:00 – 09:00

Registration and refreshments

09:00 – 09:15

Chair’s welcome

09:15 – 10:15

Uniting the science and practice of clinical improvement

  • How do you link the guidance and evidence to improve care?
  • Role of evidence in setting clinical policy and designing care pathways
  • Tensions between financial pressures and quality improvement

10:15 – 10:45

Morning refreshments and networking

Morning Breakouts

10:45 – 11:45

Roadmap for life sciences – interactive workshop

  • Recap on what’s changed at NICE
  • How NICE’s Office for Market can help companies innovate – What is the journey?
  • NICE’s new approach to technology appraisals – speed to the market, effectiveness and cost
  • Affordability and the budget impact test – facilitating commercial conversations around costs

Tackling antimicrobial resistance globally and locally

  • Demonstrating the value of new antimicrobials
  • NICE’s work to tackle growing resistance in clinical practice

Right first time

  • Tailoring care to the individual while driving out unwarranted variation
  • Case study – how the Getting It Right First Time approach led to improved patient outcomes
  • Can clinical judgement and patient choice override NICE guidelines?
  • Looking at RightCare programme

11.45 – 11.50

Transfer between breakout sessions

11:50 – 12:50

On the frontline of innovation – insights from the Cancer Drugs Fund

  • NICE’s approach to innovative treatments
  • New approaches to evidence and analysis
  • Benefits and risks for patients
  • Lessons for industry – balancing uncertainty around evidence access and cost

Managing care for patients with multimorbidities – case studies of implementing NICE guidance

  • Assessment, prioritisation, and management of care for people with multiple long-term conditions
  • The NICE quality standard
  • Organising care around patient’s needs




Shared decision-making and patient empowerment

  • What shared decision-making and empowerment mean for the doctor-patient relationship
  • NICE’s work around shared decision-making and patient decision aids 
  • How to introduce shared decision-making into practice
  • Managing the risks around empowering patients

12:50 – 13:50

Networking lunch

Afternoon Breakouts

13:50 -14:20

Implementing the Accelerated Access Review

  • How NICE has responded to the review, including faster access to transformative products and simpler national and local routes to get products to patients
  • Government’s plan for life sciences and where NICE fits within this

Devo Manc

  • How devolution is changing clinical practice and leadership



Apps and wearables

  • The potential for empowering patients and transforming care
  • Digital first public health – using digital tools to change the way Public Health England connects and interacts with people to improve public health
  • How NICE is approaching the evaluation of digitally enabled therapies for anxiety, depression and medically unexplained symptoms

14:20 – 14:25

Transfer between breakout sessions

14:25 – 14:55

MedTechScan – Speeding up adoption of innovative devices and diagnostics

  • What MedTechScan is and when it will be launched
  • The value of early interaction and how it will help tech innovators develop products and NHS organisations plan for adoption

Keeping guidelines up to date: challenges and solutions

  • Upcoming changes to how NICE manages its guidelines
  • Surveillance and updates
  • Responding more quickly to important research
  • MAGICapp and its implication for guideline development

What can big data analytics achieve for healthcare?

  • Using multiple types of data
  • Examining the most promising applications in clinical practice
  • Skills that healthcare teams will need to exploit big data

14:55 – 15:00

Transfer between breakout sessions

15:00 – 15:50

Getting the most value out of medicines

  • Medicines value and the 5YFV
  • NICE support for medicines value and appropriate prescribing
  • Case study on implementing NICE guidelines

Integrating and leading patient-centred systems

  • What system leadership is and why it’s central to STPs
  • Designing new care pathways around patients’ needs
  • Patient-centred care and accountable care systems

Implementation workshop - using guidance with limited resources following the NICE recommendation

  • How NICE supports frontline clinicians to implement guidelines and reduce unwarranted variation in care
  • How to use NICE Return on Investment and Resource Impact tools to help allocate scarce resources to high impact interventions
  • How NICE Quality Standards and Indicators can be used to drive quality improvement in particular service areas

Spaces limited - this session will be limited to a maximum of 50 attendees

15:50 – 16:20

Afternoon refreshments and networking

16:20 – 17:15

Future Shock – closing debate

Just as advances, such as genomics and artificial intelligence, are opening up endless possibilities for treatments, the NHS is under severe and growing pressure for funding limitations, workforce shortages and increasing demand.

Can a free at the point of need healthcare system exploit the potential of 21st century care?

How can NICE support clinicians and managers in preparing for the new wave of care?



Chair’s closing remarks and conference close