About this event

  • Date and time Tue 20 Jun 2023 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Registration, tea and coffee: 5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Event: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Drinks reception: 8:00pm to 9:00pm

What key strategic changes would you make over the next five to ten years to secure a brighter future for the NHS?

This is the question we'll be putting to our panel at Operation NHS: Envisaging a brighter future for healthcare, Tuesday 20 June at the Royal Society of Medicine.

The NHS today faces some of its greatest challenges. Since 2010, improvements in healthy life expectancy have slowed and health inequalities have been increasing, set against a backdrop of a decade of austerity, Covid-19 and the current cost-of-living crisis.

With only 29% of people reporting satisfaction with the NHS and social care in 2022*, the future of our health service is once again the subject of great national debate.

During this session we intend to tackle these challenges head on and, together, define and consider what crucial strategic changes are required to reshape the NHS over the next five to ten years, through a panel discussion and audience Q&A.

Register your place at this in-person event to hear key figures debate this timely topic and for the opportunity to be part of the conversation.

This event will: 

  • Provide a thought-provoking discussion around the future of the NHS
  • Enable the sharing and discussion of key areas for a successful NHS, which is sustainable and suitable for future generations
  • Foster debate amongst speakers and event participants on the best course of action to reshape and optimise the NHS 

*Source: https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/public-satisfaction-nhs-and-social-care-2022

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Key speakers

Kamran Abbasi

Chair: Dr Kamran Abbasi

Editor in Chief, British Medical Journal (BMJ)

Speaker's biography

Dr Kamran Abbasi is editor in chief of The BMJ. He is a doctor, journalist, editor, and broadcaster. After starting his career in hospital medicine, in various medical specialties such as psychiatry and cardiology, Kamran worked at the BMJ from 1997 to 2005. He was deputy editor and acting editor during that time. In 2013, Kamran returned to the BMJ in a new role as executive editor for content,
leading the journal's strategic growth internationally, digitally, and in print. In December 2021 he was appointed editor in chief of the BMJ. Outside the BMJ, Kamran’s previous roles include being editor of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, and a consultant editor for PLOS Medicine. He is editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine and JRSM Open.


Kamran also created three major e-learning resources for professional development of doctors, including BMJ Learning and the Royal Society of Medicine's video lecture service. Kamran has held board level positions and been chief executive of an online learning company. He has consulted for several major organisations including Harvard University, the World Health Organization, and McKinsey & Co. In addition, Kamran is an honorary visiting professor in the department of primary care and public health at Imperial College, London. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians of London, patron of the South Asian Health Foundation, and a member of the General Advisory Council of the King's Fund.


He is an experienced contributor on radio and television. Kamran's other passion is cricket. He writes on cricket for publications throughout the world, including Dawn and Wisden, but is best known for his popular blog that featured on ESPNCricinfo for over a decade. His cricket book, Englistan: An immigrant’s journey on the turbulent winds of Pakistan cricket, is available from Amazon.

Louise Ansari

Ms Louise Ansari

Chief Executive, Healthwatch England

Speaker's biography

Ms Louise Ansari joined Healthwatch England in February 2022. Prior to this, Louise was Director of Communications and Influencing
at the Centre for Ageing Better, and has a strong background in communications and engagement. Louise’s roles span across local and national government, health bodies and charities including social policy and local services. She is passionate about ensuring the public voice makes a difference in shaping health and care services.

Anita Charlesworth

Ms Anita Charlesworth

Director of Research & Research and Economic Analysis for the Long term (REAL) Centre, The Health Foundation 

Speaker's biography

Ms Anita Charlesworth is the Director of Research and the REAL Centre (Research and Economic Analysis for the Long term) at the Health Foundation, and Honorary Professor in the College of Social Sciences at the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) at the University of Birmingham. 


She is a health economist and has a background in government and public policy. Before joining the Health Foundation in May 2014, Anita was Chief Economist at the Nuffield Trust (2010–14). Prior to that, she had roles as Chief Analyst and Chief Scientific Advisor at DCMS (2007–10), Director of Public Spending at the Treasury (1998–2007) and worked as an Economic Advisor at the Department of Health and for SmithKline Beecham pharmaceuticals.  


She has worked as a non-executive director in the NHS, for Islington PCT (2007–2011) and The Whittington Hospital (2011–2016). In 2022 she was appointed as non-executive director for North West London Integrated Care System. Anita was specialist advisor to the House of Lords' Select Committee on the long-term sustainability of the NHS in 2016/17 and is currently an expert adviser for the Health and Social Care Select Committee.  


She has an MSc in Health Economics from the University of York, and a Trustee for Tommy’s, the baby charity, and chair of the Office of Health Economics. She was awarded a CBE in The Queen's 2017 Birthday Honours List for Services to Economics and Health Policy. 

Mark Davies

Dr Mark Davies

Chief Health Officer, IBM, Deputy Chair, British Medical Journal (BMJ), 

Speaker's biography

Dr Mark is the Global Chief Health Officer for IBM. He has over 20 years' experience as an NHS General Practitioner.  He has a long-standing interest in informatics, health policy and system redesign and this has led him to work nationally for 15 years in a number of clinical leadership roles at the Department of Health, Cabinet Office and, most recently, as executive medical director of NHS Digital.  


Mark led an initiative with the US government on common data and health technology standards which led to a landmark agreement between the UK and US governments. He led the health transparency initiatives from cabinet office which led to some of the largest open data initiatives in the world. He was European Medical Director of the global health informatics specialist MedeAnalytics between 2014 and 2017 specialising in population health. He chaired the health analytics committee within the industry group TechUK. In 2003 he founded one of the largest social enterprise providers in the UK – Local Care Direct, which developed an early model of integrated urgent care using multi-professional groups which continues to cover a population of 3 million people. He is also a non-executive director, and deputy chair of the British Medical Journal. 

Professor Clare Gerada

Professor Dame Clare Gerada

Co-Chair, NHS Assembly, President, Royal College of General Practitioners

Speaker's biography

Having first trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley hospital, Professor Dame Clare Gerada followed her father’s footsteps and became a general practitioner, working in her practice in South London for more than thirty years.  


Over this time, alongside her clinical practice, she has held several national leadership positions including in 2010, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, only the second women in its 55-year history to hold this position.  She has led the way in reforming how drug users are managed in general practice and was awarded an MBE for his services to medicine and substance misuse in the 2000 Birthday honours.  


Since she has also led the development of a service for doctors and dentists with mental health problems, establishing and leading NHS Practitioner Health from 2008 to 2022. This has been, not only a world first, but massively impactful, particularly on young doctors and consequently on the patients they look after and the teams in which they work. 


Currently Clare leads a service for problem gamblers; Chairs the newly formed registered charity, Doctors in Distress, is co-chair of the NHS Assembly.  


In 2020 she was made a Dame in the Queen’s birthday honours, making her, we believe, the first Maltese woman to receive this honour.  In November 2021 she became the President of the RCGP (only the second women to hold both Chair and President of the College in its 70-year history).  She is a highly respected NHS professional, whose views are listened to by NHS professionals and patients alike.


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Professor Gillian Leng, Dean of Education, Royal Society of Medicine

Panel discussion

Interactive panel discussion, centered around the following key question: 

"What key strategic changes would you make over the next five to ten years to secure a brighter future for the NHS?"

Chair: Dr Kamran Abbasi, Editor in Chief, British Medical Journal (BMJ)

Panel: Ms Louise Ansari, Chief Executive, Healthwatch England, Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research & Research and Economic Analysis for the Long term (REAL) Centre, The Health Foundation, Dr Mark Davies, Chief Health Officer, Deputy Chair, British Medical Journal (BMJ), IBM, Dame Clare Gerada, Co-Chair, NHS Assembly, President, Royal College of General Practitioners, Medical Director, Practitioner Health Programme

Closing remarks
Close of meeting
Drinks reception


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


Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on Monday 19 June 2023. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time

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All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.

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