About this event

  • Date and time Fri 18 Sep 2020 from 12:45pm to 7:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by RSM Deans Programme, NICE London ILL, BMJ Editorial

This event has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. 

The Royal Society of Medicine and The BMJ are bringing together a multidisciplinary faculty of experts to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Organised by the RSM and The BMJ, in collaboration with NICE, the event will review the impact that NICE has had on both the national and international healthcare landscape since launching 21 years ago. 

Join us to reflect on the challenges NICE has faced along the way, the lessons that have been learned and explore the challenges that may lie ahead as we look to understand NICE’s role in the future of health.

Attendees will:

  • Understand the political climate into which NICE was launched and some of the resistance its formation faced
  • Understand the impact NICE has had on both national and international healthcare
  • Learn about the range of challenges NICE has faced and how the organisation has navigated them, including the use of QALYs, the economic model, battles with industry, patient involvement, conflict of interest and the production of guidelines
  • Discuss some of the controversies about NICE’s decisions and stances
  • Reflect on both the future direction of NICE and potential challenges ahead


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome address

Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief, The BMJ and Fiona Moss, Dean, The Royal Society of Medicine 

Session one: Foundation and key achievements

NICE: Weathering the politics

Stephen Dorrell, Former Secretary of State for Health

NICE: International perspectives

To be confirmed 

Panel discussion

Session two: Controversies and challenges

Controversies and challenges part one: Evidence base

1. Scientific methods: how robust?
Huseyin Naci, Assistant Professor of Health Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science

2.  Quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) and “doing” the economics
John Appleby, Director of Research and Chief Economist, Nuffield Trust

3. Guidelines
Per Vanvik, Professor at Department of Health Management and Health Economics, University of Oslo 


Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Controversies and challenges part two : Evidence and beyond

1. Battles with industry: a core organisational skill?
Professor Amanda Adler, Chair, Technology Appraisal Committee B, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

2. Disinvesting in obsolete interventions
Aiofe Molloy, Clinical Lead for the Evidence Based Interventions Programme, NHS England and NHS Improvement

3. Conflicts of interest
Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive, Director of Health and Social Care, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

4. Patient engagement: Getting this right
Angela Coulter, Senior Research Scientist, Nuffield Department of Population Health, Oxford University

Panel discussion
Short break and delegate polling

Session three: NICE and the future of healthcare

Moderated debate on next steps and the future of NICE
Drinks reception
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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