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

How to innovate in health – applying implementation sciences 

Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone OBE, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University. 

A recording of the 2023 FORUM Sir Colin Dollery lecture and panel discussion is available on the Academy's YouTube channel and the event report can be downloaded from the panel on the right hand side.

Preceding the lecture was a small roundtable discussing how UK health and life sciences innovation can be bolstered through cross-sector collaboration - a summary of roundtable discussions can also be downloaded from the panel on the right hand side.

This free lecture was open to all and took place in-person at 11 Cavendish Square in London (and online), followed by a drinks reception for attendees and speakers.

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 followed the lecture and included people with lived experience and representatives from academia, industry and healthcare. The panel discussed the challenges and next steps to facilitating the uptake of evidence-based programmes and practices in the UK healthcare system. Panellists included:

  • Professor Dame Helen Stokes-Lampard DBE, Professor of GP Education, University of Birmingham & Member of the External Advisory Board to the UK AI Safety Institute
  • 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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