NHS Innovation and Life Sciences Commission

Jointly chaired by former Life Sciences and Innovation Minister, Lord James O’Shaughnessy and former Deputy Medical Director at NHS England Professor Mike Bewick, the Commission seeks to identify examples of good practice in innovation, draw learning and consider how implementation plans across the sector can improve the lives of patients. By bringing together key strands of policy and developing effective implementation strategies through extensive research, the Commission seeks to see change at every level within the NHS.

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Commission Team

Lord O'Shaughnessy

Lord O'Shaughnessy

Co-Chairing this commission, James is one of the UK's leading policy advisors. He has operated at the highest levels of government, including as a Minister at the Department for Health & Social Care, as Director of the No.10 Policy Unit, and as an advisor to DHSC Ministers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Professor Mike Bewick

Professor Mike Bewick

Co-Chairing this commission Professor Mike Bewick is a former deputy medical director of NHS England and has wide-ranging experience including planning, commissioning and providing services, leading clinical and management teams on a local, regional and national basis, and advising on policy for NHS England to the Secretary of State and Government Ministers.

Professor Gillian Leng CBE

Professor Gillian Leng CBE

Former Chief Executive at NICE, Professor Leng is a clinician by background, with experience in public health, healthcare, education and social care, in her current and previous roles she developed close working relationships with the life science industries, patient organisations, professional societies, academia, plus local and national government across the United Kingdom.

Dr Keith Ridge CBE

Dr Keith Ridge CBE

Former Chief Pharmaceutical Officer at NHS England and Department of Health and current visiting Professor at Imperial College London. While at NHS England Dr Ridge was Senior Responsible Officer for reducing inappropriate prescribing of antimicrobial in the UK AMR Strategy, and lead on issues such as medicines optimisation, digital medicines, pharmacy educational reform and transforming pharmacy practice in line with the NHS’s Five Year Forward View.

Richard Stubbs

Richard Stubbs

Chief Executive Officer at Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network, Richard has over 20 years experience working in national and international roles, working with partners across the country and globally to tackle health inequality, positively influence the diversity and inclusion of the health sector and bring about commercial and philanthropic opportunities for UK PLC in international healthcare markets.

Dr Harpreet Sood

Dr Harpreet Sood

Dr Sood has worked at the intersection of technology and innovation and the impact of this on healthcare delivery and transformation. Harpreet's interest is in new models of primary care and the use of clinical data, innovation and AI enabled interventions in providing healthcare and diagnostics. The founder of two healthcare startups, Dr Sood is a practising primary care doctor with a unique perspective on healthcare innovation.

Neelam Patel

Neelam Patel

CEO of MedCity, the life sciences cluster organisation for London, set up in 2014 by the Mayor of London and the city’s three Academic Health Science Centres. Neelam is a leader with experience in the global pharmaceutical industry, the NHS and not-for-profit sector. A life science expert, strategy and business advisor.

Corinna Bull

Corinna Bull

Corinna is our primary policy consultant on this commiission. She has over a decade of experience working in the life sciences and health tech sector with companies from start-ups to Fortune 500 organisations. She has a strong belief that policy is an important first step to effect change, but for lasting transformation there must be continued scrutiny, accountability and learning. Only then can we ensure that innovations can benefit individuals.

Commission Posts

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Integration Inquiry: Devolution and Commercialisation

Chaired by Lord James O’Shaughnessy and Professor Mike Bewick, the second inquiry session of the NHS Innovation and Life Sciences Commission took place on 26th June. This session focused on achieving greater integration of health and social care services, bringing together the recommendations of leaders in healthcare, life sciences and local/regional authorities. The discussion opened the potential of innovation as a solution in the innovation agenda.

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Integration Inquiry: NHS workforce and true integration

Chaired by Lord James O’Shaughnessy and Professor Mike Bewick, the second inquiry session of the NHS Innovation and Life Sciences Commission took place on 26th June. This session focused on achieving greater integration of health and social care services, bringing together the recommendations of leaders in healthcare, life sciences and local/regional authorities. The discussion opened the potential of innovation as a solution in the innovation agenda.

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Risk-Sharing, Patient Data, and Trust

Innovating Healthcare Scotland gathered a panel of experts to discuss improving innovation in healthcare and life sciences. They offered perspectives on research, risk-sharing in product development, and building trust to increase use of patient data.

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Health data inquiry: data infrastructure and commercialisation

Chaired by Lord James O’Shaughnessy and Professor Mike Bewick, the first inquiry session of the Commission took was held on the 28th June. This session focused on fostering the health data ecosystem, bringing together the recommendations of leaders in healthcare, life sciences and local government/regional authorities.

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Empowering the NHS – Funding Life-Saving Research

Innovating Healthcare Scotland gathered a panel of experts to discuss how we can improve innovation in healthcare and life sciences. Considering the need to involve the NHS and the many hoops scientists have to jump through to acquire funding for life-saving research, leaders offered perspectives on ensuring the provision of resources to empower medical professionals.

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Health data inquiry: NHS staff and establishing best practice

Chaired by Lord James O’Shaughnessy and Professor Mike Bewick, the first inquiry session of the Commission took was held on the 28th June. This session focused on fostering the health data ecosystem, bringing together the recommendations of leaders in healthcare, life sciences and local government/regional authorities.

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Real-term reductions in NHS funding

NHS leaders face real-term reductions in funding given the news of record high inflation for 40 years. Difficult choices loom for leaders regarding which areas of patient care are cut back and which are not.

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