How we work

The Academy pursues an interdisciplinary approach to policy. We bring together researchers, partners and the public as well as other disciplines such as engineering, social and environmental science to explore opportunities for innovation and find ways around barriers to progress.

We publish working group reports, statements, consultation responses and discussion papers. These tackle the most significant health challenges in our society including health inequalities, climate change, mental health and global health security. We connect our Fellows, researchers, patient and the public with policymakers through workshops, roundtables, private briefings and networking events. 

We believe public engagement is essential for robust policy making, ensuring recommendations are appropriate and relevant to people's hopes and concerns. We have developed high quality public dialogue models to bring the views of the public and patients to the core of our science policy work.

Our policy work has established us as a unique resource for independent, expert advice on medical science policy and career development.

Our policy work has impact because of our rigour, independence, engagement, partnership and conduct. Find out more about each of these in the tabs below.

Our Fellows underpin all stages of our policy work. They contribute by suggesting topics, providing evidence, or being members of steering groups or working parties.

The Fellows on our Council, including the Officers of the Academy, provide robust governance of the process to ensure that our outputs are thorough and considered. Our major policy reports are peer reviewed by a committee, chaired by a Fellow, before they are submitted for approval by Council. All of this ensures the intellectual rigour and authority of our work.

An authoritative evidence base is vital to our policy projects. The expertise and experience of the Fellows is complemented by the participation of other experts. We normally issue a public call for evidence at the start of our major policy studies, which may be followed by a workshop and oral evidence sessions.

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