CANCELLED The Future of Health: The future of primary health

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 23 April

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

This event has been cancelled

  • What will healthcare look like in the next 50 years?

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Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, this event has been cancelled. All attendees will be contacted to offer a full refund.

For too long we have focused on Primary Care being the mainstay of GP surgeries, but the economic and practical pressures from an aging population are enormous. Is it sustainable? What does the future hold? What role should other people play in the field of primary health, keeping people healthy before they need care? Employers, nurses in the workplace, pharmacists, other people who work closely with customers (e.g. beauticians in health shops), the digital world and remote checking of conditions? What are the ethical challenges associated with different service models? What technologies will emerge which enable screening for conditions, and assisting patients for care at home? What does caring for the carer look like as the population ages?

These questions and many more will be discussed by our panel of experts. This event is the final in our series on 'The Future of Health', supported by Medtronic and Roche

About the speakers

Stephanie Taylor is Professor in Public Health and Primary Care at the Blizard Institution, Barts and the London. Her research interests include complex interventions, chronic disease management and the self management of chronic conditions.

She has led a number of systematic reviews of quantitative research evidence and is currently involved in a number of clinical trials of complex interventions in the community. She is principal investigator on an NIHR programme grant looking at a novel self management intervention for chronic musculoskeletal pain (COPERS), and co investigator on a large study of the effect of promoting physical activity on depression amongst residents in residential and nursing homes (OPERA).

Stephanie sits on the NICE Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee. She is an expert advisor on self care of non-communicable diseases to the World Health Organization.

Robert Varnam is the Head of General Practice Development at NHS England and a GP in a large inner city practice in Rusholme, Manchester.

Robert has been involved in leading service improvement and clinical governance within his practice, in the local area and nationally. He previously held roles in the PCT and practice based commissioning group, and was clinical lead for practice accreditation at the Royal College of General Practitioners.

His research work at the University of Manchester covered both epidemiological and sociological approaches to understanding quality and patient safety in primary care. He was involved in introducing new research governance procedures at the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre.

Helen Atherton is Associate Professor of Primary Care Research and Digital Health lead at the Unit of Academic Primary Care, Warwick Medical School. My expertise is in use of digital routes of access to general practice, and alternatives to the face-to-face consultation, such as email and video. My professional roles include membership of the NHS England Primary Care Digital Transformation Advisory Board and I advise professional bodies and NHS organisations in the evidence based use of digital consultations in general practice.

Your chair for the evening is freelance health journalist Jacqui Thornton


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm.

Latecomers will be admitted to the gallery.


The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the 

The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

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Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop. 

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This event is generously supported by Roche

This event is generously supported by Medtronic

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