UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering


Policy engagement

By working with policy-makers, we can accelerate the impact of our research and enable change at a real-world level.

UCL academics inform policymakers on healthcare engineering and digital health issues in a range of ways. Members of our community are shaping policy through providing advice to Government and policy organisations, undertaking commissioned research, sitting on roundtable meetings and more. 

Some notable examples of policy engagement include:

Prof Ann Blandford gave evidence to a Select Committee on healthy ageing

Prof Ann Blandford, Professor of Human-Computer Interaction and IHE Deputy-Director (Digital) gave spoken evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee’s inquiry into Ageing: Science, Technology and Healthy Living. 

Read the full story

Alasdair Love, Select Committee clerk, undertook a UCL secondment

In November and December 2019, Alasdair Love, Clerk to the House of Lords Communications and Digital Select Committee, was seconded to the UCL Policy Impact Unity within STEaPP. 

Read his blog about how select committees work

Dr Patty Kostkova co-authored a policy briefing on open data in healthcare

The briefing document was developed from a roundtable discussion at the UCL Festival for Digital Health, which included industry, policymakers, healthcare practitioners and patients. 

Read the briefing document