Royal Free Charity Presents (RFC Presents) is a series of talks exploring the big questions around the future of healthcare.


Latest speaker

RFC Presents Dr Swapna Mandal: Royal Free London’s response to the emergence of long Covid.

“When we started following up patients who were admitted to hospital with Covid, we found that over 50% of them had ongoing symptoms such as breathlessness and fatigue; and many of them are experiencing mental health issues.

“Our research project will look at what kind of blood markers we can use to determine who gets long Covid. We can then use this information to look at what treatments might be useful particularly in the form of rehabilitation, getting patients back to how they used to be, getting them back to work and improving their quality of life.”

Dr Swapna Mandal

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.

A video of this talk will be available soon.

Previous speakers

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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 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

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


A year like no other – stories from the frontline

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

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.