Marsden Lecture 2022 – 17 November 2022, online

The guest speakers for this year’s Marsden Lecture have been announced as leading cancer strategist Professor Sir Mike Richards CBE and patient advocate Dr Liz O’Riordan.

Professor Sir Mike Richards CBE was the UK’s first national cancer director and later became the CQC’s first chief inspector of hospitals. He has recently led two major reviews for NHS England into adult screening services (2019) and diagnostic services (2020). In April 2022 he was appointed as chair of the UK National Screening Committee. Sir Mike was awarded a CBE in 2001 and appointed a Knight Bachelor in 2010.

Dr Liz O’Riordan is an international speaker, broadcaster and award-winning author and blogger. In 2015 (aged 40) she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer while working as a consultant breast surgeon. Liz talks all over the world about how to improve patient care.

The prestigious Marsden Lecture is a long-established annual lecture series where prominent experts are invited to discuss issues and challenges of significance in the world of academia and healthcare. It is named in honour of Dr William Marsden, who founded the Royal Free Hospital in 1828.

The free event will be streamed live on Zoom at 6:30pm-7:30pm on 17 November 2022.

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A recording of the lecture will be available online.


Previous speakers

Achieving Awesome in the NHS: Royal Free London’s Innovation and Automation Team
James Davis and Sam Ingram, 11 October 2022

James Davis, chief innovation officer and Sam Ingram, divisional director of innovation operations, provide an insight into the work and culture of the biggest innovation and automation consultancy in the NHS explaining how the principles of courage, collaboration and partnership have been central to the evolution of the team, and how their partnership with the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust has been fundamental in enabling a culture of innovation to flourish and key projects to go further, faster.


Video to come

How early-stage clinical research at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust leads to better outcomes for patients
Professor Tim Meyer, 7 June 2022

Professor Tim Meyer, director of the Royal Free Hospital’s clinical research facility (CRF) explains how patients benefit from closer working between clinicians and researchers, and how a recent funding boost for the CRF will make a huge difference for translating early-stage research into treatments for patients.


Royal Free London’s response to the emergence of long Covid
Dr Swapna Mandal, 16 March 2022

Dr Mandal, consultant respiratory, sleep and ventilation physician, discusses the RFL response to the emergence of long Covid, early research findings from the trust’s long Covid clinic, and how funding from the Royal Free Charity’s Breaking Point appeal could lead to a breakthrough in identifying who is at risk of developing long Covid.


What matters to you
Karen Turner, 21 June 2022

How a global patient engagement movement is improving patient and staff experience at Royal Free London, with guest speaker Karen Turner, senior improvement advisor, author and Florence Nightingale scholar.


Learning from Covid
Professor Sir Chris Ham, 24 May 2021

Professor Sir Chris Ham is a non-executive director of the Royal Free London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is also Co-Chair of the NHS Assembly and Chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Health and Care Partnership. Chris is a renowned author and speaker on health policy and management. A former chief executive of the Kings Fund and government advisor, he was knighted in 2018 in recognition of his services to health policy and management.


HIV then and now
Professor Margaret Johnson, 26 April 2021

In 1989, Professor Margaret Johnson was the first dedicated HIV consultant to be appointed in the UK and has built a service which provides holistic care, delivered by a multidisciplinary team, to more than 3,000 regular patients.


From bench to bedside and back again – the virtuous circle
Prof Derralynn Hughe, 22 March 2021

Prof Derralynn Hughes explains why clinical research is an essential part of a healthcare strategy.


A year like no other – stories from the frontline
Multiple speakers, 22 February 2021

Join us to hear first-hand accounts from Royal Free London patients and staff who experienced one of the toughest times the NHS has faced. Featuring familiar faces from the BBC Hospital documentary.


Stem cell and gene therapy – correcting the spelling mistakes in our genetic code
Professor Emma Morris, 14 December 2000

Hear from Professor Emma Morris, Director of UCL’s Division of Infection & Immunity and a physician working at the Royal Free Hospital. She has pioneered the clinical use of stem cell transplantation and gene therapy for adults with inherited diseases that result in severe abnormalities of the immune system.