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RDF20 Programme

The NHS R&D Forum are delighted to announce the outline programme for RDF20. The programme is still subject to finalisation and the abstracts and speaker profiles will be added shortly. 

Sunday 10th May 2020

Venue: Crowne Plaza, Newcastle

If you are attending the Sunday Evening Workshop or the Networking Buffet then you will need to register for the Conference on the Sunday Evening. Registration will be in the Crowne Plaza Hotel which is also the venue for the Workshop & Buffet.

18:00 – 20:15 Personal Development Workshop

Unleashing your leader: surviving & thriving across the system

Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel

Sponsored by: ESMS Global

Session Leader: Jo Hicks with Zoe Sweet & Ross Storr (Academi Wales)

This session explores the principle that success in leadership requires agility in thinking and acting. It will discover the secret to unleashing your leader… do the things leaders do, speak the way leaders speak and behave the way leaders behave. Leadership can happen at all levels and across disciplines, whether you are in your first line management role, leading others for many years or just want to explore how to take others with you. This practical and interactive session will enable you to learn about the ‘non-negotiables of leadership’ and uncover the three elements that require significant attention to survive and thrive across the system.


20:15 – 22:00 Networking Buffet

Monday 11th May 2020

Venue: Sage Conference Centre

09:00 – 10:00 Registration & Exhibition 

10:00 – 11:25 Plenary 1

Research, central to modern healthcare
  • Dr Louise Wood CBE: Director of Science, Research and Evidence at the Department of Health and Social Care
  • Dame Jackie Daniel: CEO  Newcastle NHS FT
  • Professor Mary Dixon-Woods: THIS Institute and the University of Cambridge

Dr Louise Wood
Director of Science, Research & Evidence at the Department of Health and Social Care
Department of Health and Social Care
Professor Mary Dixon-Woods
Professor of Healthcare Improvement Studies and Director of THIS Institute at the University of Cambridge
THIS Institute, University of Cambridge
Dame Jackie Daniel
Chief Executive Officer
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

11:30 – 12:30 Breakout Sessions 1

Costing Clinical Research
Adrian Baker: TBA, NHS England & NHS Improvement

Make it public research transparency strategy

Presentation 1:

Pharmacy – lifting the veil of mystery behind the locked doors…
Joanna Cantle: Head of Clinical Trials Pharmacy, University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust

Presentation 2:

Sponsor Oversight – The Eye of the Tiger
Benita Hallewell-Goodwin: R&D Sponsor Coordinator, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Presentation 1:

The Durham Tees Valley Research Alliance (DTVRA): collaboration for patient care
Jane Greenaway: Associate Director, Durham Tees Valley Research Alliance, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Tarn Nozedar: Clinical & Operations Manager, Durham Tees Valley Research Alliance (DTVRA), Durham Tees Valley Research Alliance (DTVRA)

Presentation 2:

Innovation Ambassadors accelerate the adoption and spread of innovation
Phillip Smith: Associate Director Research and Development and Innovation Ambassador, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust and Eastern Academic Health Science Network

Delivering 4 Nations Compatability

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch, Exhibition & Posters

13:30 – 14:30 Breakout Sessions 2

Transforming Research Together
Sarah Crawshaw: Head of Research Operations, CRNCC

Preparing for the Clinical Trials Regulation

Presentation 1:

Mythbusting and troubleshooting public involvement
Jim Elliott: Public Involvement Lead, Health Research Authority
Helen Sivey: Public Involvement Officer, Health Research Authority

Presentation 2:

How can we show research participants and PPI partners research has impact?
Virginia Minogue: Independent consultant, coach and mentor; co-facilitator for the Service User and Carer Working Group, NHS RD Forum
Mary Cooke: Lecturer in Emergency and Urgent Care Nursing, University of Manchester

Presentation 1:

Communications to create community, transparency and openness in research
Rachael Dowling: Head of Research Communications, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Presentation 2:

Bridging the Gap – Research Engagement
Benita Hallewell-Goodwin: R&D Sponsor Coordinator, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Presentation 1:

The elephant in the room: Why clinicians do, and do not, participate in research
Helen Lewis-White: Research Operations Manager, North Bristol NHS Trust

Presentation 2:

“Game of Thrones” – Clinical and Research Collide and Combine
Diane Brennan: Senior Research Nurse, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust/Clinical Research Network East Midlands

14:30 – 15:00 Coffee, Exhibition & Posters

15:00 – 16:30 Plenary 2 

Location: Sage One Update From the R&D Forum
  • Dr Maria Palmer and Chairs of RDF Working Groups (40 mins)
Is health research wasting public time and money?
  • Professor Shaun Treweek: Professor of Health Services Research, University of Aberdeen

Professor Shaun Treweek
Professor of Health Services Research
University of Aberdeen

16:30 – 17:30 Demonstration Hour

Join TriNetX for a live demonstration.

Join Edge for a live demonstration. 

19:00 – 23:00 Drinks Reception, Awards & Conference Dinner

Tuesday 12th May 2020

09:00 – 10:15 Plenary 3

Following Patient Need

Location: Sage One

  • Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer and DHSC Chief Scientific Adviser
  • Professor Clare Bambra,  Newcastle University


10:15 – 10:45 Coffee, Exhibition & Posters

10:45 – 11:40 Breakout Sessions 3


Joint Research Offices (Title to be confirmed)

Presentation 1:

Nurses Midwives and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHPs) & #MakeSpace4Research
Linda Tinkler: Trust Lead for Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Health Professional (NMAHP) Research, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Presentation 2:

Business as usual: Embedding post-doctoral clinical academic careers in practice
Julie Sanders: Director Clinical Research, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust
James Malcolmson: Deputy Principle Cardiac Physiologist, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust
Sam Philpott-Jones: Associate Director of Nursing, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust
Jonathan Kelly: General Manager, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust

Presentation 1:

Excess Treatment Costs – 12 months on
Sarah Thorp: Head of Finance, CRNCC

Presentation 2:

UK NHS Research Finance Group
Phillip Smith: Group Member of the NHS Research Finance Group, On behalf of the UK NHS Research Finance Group


Research Following Need

11:45 – 12:45 Breakout Sessions 4

Presentation 1:

‘It’s just a bucket of tools’ – integrating research, evaluation & QI

Presentation 2:

The “E” word: Evaluation can add value and versatility to the R&D office
Helen Riding: Research Manager, NHS North of England Commissioning Support
Joanne Smith: Research Manager, NHS North of England Commissioning Support
Helen Martin: Research and Evaluation Co-ordinator, NHS North of England Commissioning Support
Shona Haining: Head of Research & Evidence, NHS North of England Commissioning Support

Presentation 1:

How to Use Better Intelligence to Plan Research Delivery
Stephen Lock: Head of Business Intelligence, NIHR CRN

Presentation 2:

Rising to the challenge of research following patient need
Mark Terry: Clinical Research Operations Manager, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

DHSC Hot Topic


Great Study Set Up

Guidance that works on the ground

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch, Exhibition & Posters

13:45 – 15:15 Plenary Session 4

Location: Sage One

Title and content TBA

  • Speaker TBC


15:15 Close of RDF20

RDF20 Sponsors

    • ESMS Global

      Gold Sponsor

    • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

      Gold Sponsor

    • Health and Care Research Wales

      Gold Sponsor

    • The Academic Health Science Network North East and North Cumbria

      Gold Sponsor

    • EDGE

      Gold Sponsor

    • TriNetX Global Health Research Network

      Gold Sponsor