4th UK Implementation Science Research Conference

Implementation science in the time of Covid-19

Now in its fourth year, the 2021 conference will bring together online researchers, policymakers, clinicians, practitioners and service users from around the world.   

Together we will share the best ways to implement evidence-based health and social care research within services and systems to improve health and care outcomes.  

This year’s conference theme is ‘Supporting the pandemic response? Implementation science in the time of Covid-19’.   

We will showcase implementation research that has directly informed the Covid-19 pandemic response as well as work that is more broadly relevant – for example, research that is supporting long-term changes in practice or public health policy.

When: 15 and 16 July 2021
Where: online 
Find out more: For the most up to date information on plenary speakers and to register your interest, visit the NIHR ARC South London website.   

“Smooth online delivery, great mix of science and practice, great global representation”

A delegate from 2020

“Great mix of early career researchers and more senior scientists”

A delegate from last year’s conference

“Great mix of early career researchers and more senior scientists”

A delegate from last year’s conference

The virtual format

This year’s virtual format  included oral and poster presentations organised under specialist themes, meet the experts sessions, roundtable discussions, Q&A sessions and online networking. 

The conference was organised by the Centre for Implementation Science at King’s College London. It was supported by the NIHR ARC South London, a research organisation working to improve health and care services, the UK Implementation Society, and BMC. 

Plenary speakers

The virtual conference featured three plenary lectures from leading international researchers and practitioners. Our speakers were:

Dr John Øvretveit, director of research and professor of healthcare innovation implementation and evaluation at the Medical Management Centre, The Karolinska Institute, Stockholm. John will discuss: Improve-mentation for an effective response to Covid-19 – the Swedish experience

Jessica Read, deputy chief midwifery officer, NHS England, who has extensive experience over a 30- year career of implementing organisational change and service improvement. Jessica will discuss: The challenges and successes of implementing policy into practice and the impact of Covid-19

Dave Taylor from The Patients Association, an expert in implementing digital health technologies. Dave will discuss: Patient perspectives on uses and abuses of IT in healthcare