Professor Chris Whitty: The 20th Sir Arthur Hall Memorial Lecture. What will the NHS be facing on its 90th birthday? Thurday 15 February 2018.
From Chris Clow
We were delighted to welcome Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health, to the University on Thursday 15 February to deliver the 20th Sir Arthur Hall Memorial Lecture.
The 2018 Sir Arthur Hall lecture considered where we have come from and where we are going over the next two decades in health and medicine. Professor Whitty gave an interesting and insightful lecture into what the NHS could be facing on its 90th birthday.
Professor Whitty spoke about the significant changes in health and medicine in the UK over the last two decades and in many areas of healthcare there have been very substantial changes since the initial foundation of the NHS in 1948. These include major reductions in the impact of heart disease and stroke, large changes to infectious diseases and many improvements in the prevention and treatment of cancers. Professor Whitty explained that in some areas however such as diabetes or antimicrobial resistance things are moving in the wrong direction.
Professor Whitty talked about how the demography of the UK has changed and is continuing to change. Many trends have been stable so it is therefore possible to realistically project forward 20 years in many areas of medicine and public health. This is crucial in helping to plan policy and research.
Feeback from attendees
'Fabulous speaker, incredibly interesting.'
'An insightful lecture.'
'The content was fascinating and highly informative; Professor Whitty is evidently an expert in his field and an experienced, engaging presenter . All the points and opinions he put forward were supported by relevant data.'