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Departmental Event: Russell Hotel

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 24 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) cost and (b) purpose was of the 2-day event sponsored by her Department at the Russell Hotel, London; and if she will list the (i) invitees and (ii) attendees. (110633)

[holding answer 23 January 2007]: The Chief Scientific Officer’s conference, incorporating the healthcare scientist awards, was held at the Russell Hotel London on 27 and 28 November 2006. The total cost of this event was £130,000.

The event was designed and delivered to meet the objectives set down by the Chief Scientific Officer, as part of the Department’s remit to provide professional leadership to healthcare scientists in England.

The purpose for the event was to bring the various disciplines of healthcare sciences together across the various national health service trusts and related organisations, presenting the latest scientific developments and their application to the delivery of healthcare in England. It was an opportunity to reinforce the critical role healthcare scientists play in supporting delivery of the 18-week target and to showcase world-class scientists working in cutting edge fields.

The event was designed for senior healthcare scientists and healthcare scientist leads from NHS trusts, primary care trusts, strategic health authorities, foundation trusts, mental health trusts, university faculties, independent sector and healthcare science advisors, workforce planners and special health authorities such as the Health Protection Agency, National Blood Service.

Under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998 and in the context of the published privacy policy on the conference registration website, which has been placed in the Library, we will not be making the list of invitees and attendees available.