Talk NHS: A public debate on the past, present and future of the NHS


Saturday 19 August 2017


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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Public Engagement Programme , Discourse



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Discourse and the Royal Society of Medicine are hosting a day of interactive debates on the National Health Service. Hear the opinions of prominent panellists on the current state of the NHS, how we got here and what to do next. 


  • Professor Neena Modi, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Nigel Edwards, Chief Executive of the Nuffield Trust
  • Dr Ayan Panja, General Practitioner and Medical Broadcaster


The day will culminate with a talk from an eminent keynote lecturer, details to follow. 

Keynote lecture only delegates will be in an overflow lecture theatre in the first instance, unless space permits in the main auditorium following the close of the day meeting. 


Full meeting: £10
Keynote lecture only: £5

Following registration you will be contacted appropriately by email with; your booking confirmation, feedback survey and attendance certificate. For full details of the RSM privacy policy, click here. Programme subject to change.


9.30 am Registration, tea and coffee

10.00 am Welcome and introduction

Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President, Royal Society of Medicine

10.15 am Session one: State of play

Chair: Dr Ayan Panja, General Practitioner and Medical Broadcaster

Dr Ruth Alan, Chief Executive, British Association of Social Workers

Dr Rachel Clarke, Junior Doctor Campaigner and Author

Liz McAnulty, Chair of Trustees, Patients Association

Dr Sarah Wollaston, Conservative MP and Chair, Health Select Committee

11.45 am Lunch

1.00 pm Session two: How did we get here?

Chair: Denis Campbell, Health Policy Editor, The Guardian

Nigel Edwards, Chief Executive, The Nuffield Trust

Dr Clare Gerada, Former Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners

Professor Richard Murphy, Professor of Practice in International Political Economy, City University

Ms Lara Carmona, Associate Director of Policy Royal College of Nursing

2.30 pm Tea and coffee break

3.00 pm Session three: What next?

Anita Charlesworth, Chief Economist, The Health Foundation, Nuffield Trust

David Lock, Barrister and QC specialising in NHS law, former MP and Minister

Professor Neena Modi, President, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Peter Roderick, Principal Research Associate, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University

4.30 pm Tea and coffee break

5.00 pm Keynote lecture

6.00 pm Closing remarks

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For information on this event, contact Karina ZorlakkisTel: 020 7290 3948 Email: arrow