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Wales hosts NHS 70th birthday research conference

Wales hosts NHS 70th birthday research conference

11 May 2018

70 years on from Aneurin Bevan’s launch of the NHS, Wales will welcome NHS colleagues from across the UK to share achievements, ideas and experiences, and to help shape the role of research in its next 70 years.

The Annual NHS Research & Development (R&D) Forum will be the first held in Wales when it comes to the Celtic Manor in Newport next week, on 14 and 15 May.

Professor Mark Drakeford, Wales Secretary for Finance and Dr Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer for Wales are among the guest speakers at the event, which is being held in partnership with Health and Care Research Wales.  

Director of Health and Care Research Wales, Professor Jon Bisson, said:

“This is a great opportunity to look back at how research has advanced health and care over the past 70 years of the NHS, but to also look forward to what could be achieved in the next 70 years.

“Health and Care Research Wales is also celebrating its 3rd birthday on 14 May. The Forum is a chance to showcase how we are making Wales a place that is internationally recognised for its excellent health and social care research – research that is making a real difference.”

Dr Maria Palmer, Director of the NHS R&D Forum, said:

“The 2018 Annual Forum promises to be one of the best to date. With such a fantastic venue, there’s more space for sessions, workshops, posters and exhibitors.

“We are grateful to Health and Care Research Wales who have provided tremendous support to enable us to bring the Annual Forum to Wales this year.”

The Annual NHS R&D Forum brings together the NHS teams and leaders enabling high quality research that is advancing the UK’s health and care.

The 2017 conference took place in Manchester and it was attended by more than 500 delegates. This year, around 600 delegates are expected to attend over the two days.