On Tuesday 27 November, AMRC’s second Day in Westminster event saw 35 member chief executives take part in a full day of engagement across Westminster and Whitehall, sharing the views and the voice of the medical research charity sector. Across the day 20 meetings took place with MPs, Peers, civil servants and Government Ministers. Key messages communicated included the enormous collective impact of AMRC member charities, the need to ensure Brexit has no negative impact on patients and medical research, and the importance of embedding research across the NHS.

As part of the day a lunch reception in the House of Commons celebrated the innovative ways charities are using data and AI to promote healthy ageing. A keynote address from Professor Sir John Bell, author of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy praised the unique contribution and potential of charity-led data registries. Closing the day at the afternoon drinks reception, new NHS England Chair Lord Prior spoke of the importance of charities in helping to deliver the long-term plan and thanked the sector for supporting its development. Overall the day was a resounding success, which not even the rain nor the queues to enter the House of Commons could dampen!

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