Organised by the Nuffield Department of Population Health,
University of  Oxford
11th November 2019 at Merton College, Oxford
9:30am - 5:00pm

The Health Economics Research Centre is organising a Nuffield Department of Population Health Symposium to mark the 60th anniversary of the Hinchliffe Report, which was a Government Committee that was tasked with examining the rise in pharmaceutical expenditure following the introduction of the NHS. The report had a set of landmark recommendations including:

• Improvements in the training of GPs to understand evidence regarding the use of new drugs and the economics of prescribing

• Routinely conducting clinical trials to assess drugs and to publish results in an independent prescribers journal

• Development of an expert body that would be informed by research on economic and social aspects of the NHS

• An examination of the economics of drug development, marketing and pharmacy to ensure efficiency and equity in prescribing

The purpose of the workshop is firstly to reflect on the report in order to understand the degree to which we face similar challenges today and the degree to which we have been able to address these challenges. Secondly, if a Government was to commission a report to look at pharmaceutical expenditure today, what potential long-term recommendations could be made to address current challenges.

Confirmed speakers include:

Dr Amanda Adler, Chair of NICE Appraisal Committee and Consultant Physician; Prof Anita Charlesworth Health Foundation; Prof Philip Clarke, Health Economics Research Centre, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford;  Prof Sir Rory Collins Clinical Trials at the Clinical Trial Service Unit, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford ; Sir Andrew Dillon, CEO, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence; Dr Elaine Kelly, Senior Research Economist, Institute of Fiscal Studies and the Health Foundation; Prof Martin Landary, Big Data Institute, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford; Mr Danny Palnoch, Head of Medicines Analysis, Strategy and Policy, NHS England ; Prof Adrian Towse, Office of Health Economics

Registration can be made via the University store and includes a limited number of discounted places for PhD Students (which we can extend to Oxford University based early career researchers without a PhD):

Further information available here.


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