This seminar was organised by HSR UK (the membership organisation health services researchers) and held in London on 9 May 2018. Dr Stephen Davies, Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for History in Public Health, presented his doctoral research on the health department’s research and development programme, 1961 to 1986. This was followed by a presentation by Dr Paul Atkinson, University of Liverpool, on the origins and development of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The history set the scene for a discussion about the future direction of health policy, which was further informed by a presentation from NIHR. Participants represented the Department of Health and Social Care/NIHR, NIHR programmes and co-ordinating centres, Public Health England, The Nuffield Trust, HSR UK, Universities UK, The Wellcome Trust, and Academic Health Science Networks.
Stephen Davies’ background briefing paper for the seminar can be found here. The discussion about future policy was held under Chatham House rules. HSR UK may publish a report for wider discussion in due course.