Events roundup: September 2020 | IPT

IPT events resumed in September following Summer Recess. Due to the pandemic, and related restrictions in place on the parliamentary estate, all events were conducted virtually. With five events successfully held prior to Summer Recess, the format is now firmed up and running smoothly.

Whilst the most pertinent topic of the day is coronavirus, and all discussions will in one form another relate to it, IPT events have always sought to cover a broad range of policy issues. This month we had expert speakers from business and academia to share their views on urban regeneration, UK cancer treatment, and the impact Brexit and COIVD are likely to have on UK supply chains.

The IPT’s virtual doors were open to MPs, Peers, business leaders, and academics who all had the chance to quiz the guest speakers to facilitate inclusive discussion. Below is a roundup of each event including who was on the panel and the main points covered.

Regenerating the UK’s Urban Environments

On Wednesday 09 September 2020, we hosted a virtual event chaired by Abena Oppong-Asare MP, Select Committee on Housing, Communities and Local Government and PPS to the Shadow Chancellor. She was joined by Professor Loretta Lees, Professor of Human Geography, University of Leicester and Melanie Leech CBE, Chief Executive, British Property Federation. The discussion focused on how regeneration can provide cities and towns with the opportunity to modernise and attract new investment while ensuring it is improving social and economic outcomes for local residents and businesses.

Main points raised:

  • The importance of greater collaboration with local stakeholders in the planning for urban regeneration and build trust with local communities.
  • The narrative surrounding the term ‘regeneration’ and it was emphasised that the aim should be to create better quality and healthier spaces for the local community whilst strengthening and greening local economies.
  • How low-income groups and small businesses could be provided with greater protection from displacement by urban regeneration.

What Next for Cancer Treatment and the NHS?

On Tuesday 15 September 2020, we hosted a virtual event chaired by Taiwo Owatemi MP, member of the Health & Social Care Select Committee with guest speaker Faisal Mehmud, UK/Ireland Country Medical Director, Bristol Myers Squibb. The discussion focussed on how government, industry and the third sector can work together to ensure that patients in the UK are able to benefit from new breakthroughs in cancer treatment whilst managing the NHS back to a more usual service during COVID-19.

Main points raised:

  • Trials and research programmes benefit from collaboration across borders and it is important for the UK and Europe to continue to collaborate on clinical trials for cancer treatments post Brexit. This is essential to building a world-leading cancer research environment in the UK.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer is pivotal to survival chances. Investment is needed towards the research and development of treatment. As well as actively encouraging innovation and upskilling of the workforce.
  • COVID-19 caused delays in screenings and disruptions to treatments leading to a backlog of unseen patients. With greater knowledge of the virus and foresight, it is critical to mitigate future disruptions to cancer care in a potential second wave of COVID-19.

Keeping the Economy Moving: Rethinking Supply Chains Post-Brexit and COVID-19

On Wednesday 16 September, we hosted a virtual event chaired by Mark Pawsey MP, member of the Select Committee on Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. We also welcomed guest speakers Phil Roe, Chief Customer Officer & Strategy Director, UK & Ireland, DHL and Professor Dobrila Petrovic, Institute for Future Transport and Cities, Coventry University. The discussion focused on assessing the current and future impacts of COVID-19 and Brexit on supply chains whilst reiterating their robust and flexible capabilities.

Main points raised:

  • The extreme spikes and falls in demand across various sectors and how supply chains have coped during the challenges of COVID-19.
  • The fundamental role of digital technology in the development of industries as real-time assessments of available resources becomes essential practice to meet the changing needs of customers.
  • There is an urgent need for clarity surrounding Brexit so businesses can prepare for new regulations and operational changes.
  • Attendees questioned how logistics could become a more attractive career choice with successful apprenticeship schemes and sustainable workforces.