A year on - the role of Academic Health Science Centres and Networks in the evolving NHS

Innovation for all?
The King's Fund, London W1G 0AN
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About this event

About this event

The NHS is facing huge challenges and recently Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England commented that without profound change it was not sustainable. Modern medicine has radically extended life expectancy but around 70 per cent of NHS costs are now accounted for by the care of those with chronic disabilities and multiple frailties. Meanwhile we have closed small hospitals and the gap between primary and secondary services has widened. Around 30 per cent of patients in hospital should not be there, and bed occupancy is at dangerous levels.

In July 2013 Academic Health Science Networks were established with a core aim to provide a safe environment for innovation delivered through a network of partners. 

At this evening event Sir Cyril Chantler will discuss these changes to the NHS and reflect on successes to date and the continued role of Academic Health Science Centres and Networks in facilitating this change. He will also talk about his role as Chairman of NHS England's board on quality and clinical risk; his involvement as a commissioner both for the Liverpool strategic review and for the London Healthcare Commission due to report soon.

This event is open to your executive board colleagues.


Sir Cyril Chantler

Sir Cyril Chantler is non-executive Chairman of the Quality and Clinical Risk Committee of NHS England. He is an Honorary Fellow and Past Chairman of UCL Partners Academic Health Science Partnership. He is an adviser to the Associate Parliamentary Health Group, a member of the Council of Southwark Cathedral and a trustee of the Media Standards Trust. He is a non-executive director of the fostering agency By the Bridge and a member of the advisory board of the Institute of Healthcare Optimization, Boston. He is member of the London Health Board. In 2014 he carried out a review for the government on Standardised Packaging of tobacco products.

Sir Cyril was Dean of the Guy's, King's College and St Thomas' Hospitals' Medical and Dental School, where he was the Children Nationwide Medical Research Fund Professor of Paediatric Nephrology until his retirement in 2000. He was also a consultant to Guy's Hospital. Previously, Cyril was Principal of the United Medical and Dental School of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals and General Manager of Guy's Hospital. He was Chairman of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, of the Clinical Advisory Group for NHS London and of the Beit Memorial Fellowships for Medical Research. From 2004 until 2010 he was Chairman of The King's Fund. He was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Association from 2002 to 2011. He was the Chairman of UCLPartners Academic Health Science Partnership from its inception in 2009 until 2014.

Cyril is a Fellow of Kings College, London and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Child Health London. He has honorary degrees from London South Bank University; the University of Lille, France; the University of London; the University of Kent; and University College London. He was awarded the James Spence Medal of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2005 and the Ira Greifer Award of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association in 2007. He received a knighthood for services to medicine in 1996.