2023 FORUM Sir Colin Dollery Lecture: How to innovate in health – applying implementation sciences

14.30, Thursday 23 November 2023

No.11 Cavendish Square, London

The 2023 FORUM Sir Colin Dollery Lecture will be given by Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone OBE, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University. She will explore the potential of disciplines such as implementation sciences to enable the adoption of innovations in the healthcare system by bridging the gap between research findings and what is put into practice.


The lecture is free to attend and open to all. Registration is required to guarantee an in-person space.

The lecture will take place on Thursday 23 November 2023 from 14.30 to 17.00 in-person at 11 Cavendish Square in London, followed by a drinks reception for attendees and speakers. If you are unable to attend in person, the event will be livestreamed. Please register your interest to view the livestream here. 

Decades of scientific progress have resulted in myriad evidence-based interventions to improve healthcare, including novel products and practices. In light of the growing pressures on the healthcare system, it is increasingly important to realise potential health benefits of such innovations in a cost- and time- effective manner. Implementation sciences can address the gap between research findings and what is put into practice, by helping to identify and address barriers to the adoption of findings into healthcare settings. These disciplines can help ensure that patients benefit from new evidence and novel innovations, while also translating to wider societal benefits, such as improved efficiency and reduced costs in the healthcare system. 

An expert panel discussion will follow the lecture and will include people with lived experience and representatives from academia, industry and healthcare. The panel will discuss the challenges and next steps to facilitating the uptake of evidence-based programmes and practices in the UK healthcare system. Panellists will include:

  • Professor Dame Helen Stokes-Lampard DBE, Professor of GP Education, University of Birmingham & Board Member, Accelerated Access Collaborative
  • Linda Parton, Member of the Lay Involvement and Knowledge Mobilisation (LINK) Group, Impact Accelerator Unit, Keele University
  • Dr Edward Piper, Medical & Scientific Affairs Director, AstraZeneca
  • Roland Sinker CBE, Chief Executive, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust & National Director, NHS England


For more information, please email forum@acmedsci.ac.uk.

The FORUM Sir Colin Dollery Lecture is named in honour of Sir Colin Dollery FMedSci. In his role as Treasurer in 2003, Sir Colin was instrumental in the creation of the FORUM. 

The FORUM Sir Colin Dollery Lecture is part of the Academy’s FORUM programme, which provides a neutral and independent platform for individuals from across academia, industry, the NHS and Government, and the wider healthcare sector, to meet and discuss opportunities, technology trends and strategic choices for healthcare. 

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