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NIHR UK Diagnostics Forum 2017, Oxford

Registrations are now open!

The NIHR Diagnostics Forum is a meeting of industry, academia and healthcare professionals developing ways to facilitate the utilisation and adoption of innovative tests through good quality evidence. 

Join us in the beautiful setting of Lady Margaret Hall once again and take part in discussions, panel sessions, plenary talks and plenty of networking opportunities.



Download the confirmed programme which shows all the topics, speakers and timings here.



Bookings are now open: click on the red 'book now' button at the top of this page. Regular delegate places cost £130 which includes dinner on the first night plus all refreshments and conference materials.

If you have any questions email



Delegates and exhibitors are asked to arrange their own accommodation. There are several conveniently located B&Bs nearby:

Linton Lodge Hotel (Best Western) Linton Road 01865 553461

Remont Hotel 367 Banbury Road, 01865 311020

Old Parsonage 1-3 Banbury Road, 01865 310210

Galaxie Hotel 180 Banbury Road, 01865 515688

Cotswold Lodge Hotel 66a Banbury Road, 01865 512121

Burlington House 374 Banbury Road, 01865 513513



Click here for a map


Terms and conditions:

By attending this event you are agreeing that your email address will be stored and used by NIHR DEC Oxford to contact you about relevant events. Your contact details will not be passed on to any third party. Please be aware that DEC Oxford events may be filmed, recorded and photographed. If you wish to remain off camera please speak to the registration staff on the day or email


Cancellation policy:

up to 3 months prior to event: 100% refund

Up to 2 months prior to event: 75% refund

Up to 1 month prior to event: 50% refund

Less than 1 month: No refund

Programme and speakers

The theme for the 6th Forum is 'Diagnostics in times of change'. 


Confirmed Programme:

Tuesday 16 May

12.00-13.00: Registration

13.00-14.00: Lunch/exhibition opens

14.00-14.30: Rick Body, Professor of Royal College of Emergency Medicine

14.30-15.15: Doris-Ann Williams, Chief Executive, BIVDA

15.15-15.45: Simon Worthington, Deputy Chief CE, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

15.45-16.15: Tea/coffee

16.15-17.45: Panel discussion and audience Q&A

17.45-19.00: Free time

19.00-20.15: Drinks reception

20.15-21.30: Dinner


Wednesday 17 May

08.30-09.00: Tea/coffee

09.00-09.30: MIchael Branagan-Harris, CEO, Device Access

09.30-10.00: Fiona Carragher, Deputy Chief Scientific Officer, NHS England

10.00-10.30: Joyce Tait, Director, Innogen Institute

10.30-11.00: Tea/coffee

11.00-12.00: Keynote speaker: Samantha Jones, Vanguard CEO

12.00-13.00: Lunch

Exhibition space

We have 10 spaces for exhibitors at this year's Forum. If your diagnostic company would like to book an exhibition space please choose this option under the 'supplementary items' screen on the booking system. Please note that you will also need to purchase a regular delegate space as well as your exhibition space.

For more information about exhibitor spaces please email                                                                                                                                                                                   

Forthcoming events

Diagnostic Evidence Workshops 2022

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 to Friday, 24 June 2022, 10am - 4pm @ St Hugh's College Oxford, St Margaret's Road, Oxford, OX2 6LE

A three-day workshop aimed at clinicians, researchers, the diagnostics industry, and those working in guideline development and regulatory affairs.