Webinar - Soft Power in the Clinic

19 May 2021


Join NIHR ARC North Thames for this free webinar, exploring how taking account of power can help us to understand the adoption and implementation of healthcare innovations, and the configuration and reconfiguration of health services. 

Part of the ARC North Thames Academy Innovation and Implementation webinar series.

Wednesday 19th May, 13.00-15.00

Zoom (online – link to be sent after registration)

Who is it for?
Open to people working in research, health and social care, public health, and anyone with an interest in innovation and implementation science

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About this event

Research on the translation of evidence into practice, and on the wider operationalisation and implementation of innovations in healthcare, often seems to proceed without discussion of the relative power of different kinds of participants in these processes. Sometimes research funders are anxious that talking about power will raise political questions.

However, inequities in healthcare, and complex relationships between people who use services and people who make services happen, aren’t natural phenomena. They’re constructed over time by professionals, managers, policy makers and politicians, they’re negotiated and navigated by patients and caregivers, and they are embedded in the organisations and services in which they are co-created.

This free webinar will explore how taking account of power (political, gendered, racialised, institutional, organisational, professional, economic) can help us understand the adoption and implementation of healthcare innovations, and the configuration and reconfiguration of health services. 


Professor Carl May
Theme Lead, Innovation and Implementation Science, NIHR ARC North Thames
Professor of Medical Sociology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)


Sarah Knowles
Research Fellow in Knowledge Mobilisation, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York

Lynn Laidlaw
Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) representative

Dr Lorelei Jones
Lecturer in Health Sciences (Healthcare Organisation & Governance), School of Health Sciences, Bangor University

Professor Justin Waring
Professor of Medical Sociology & Healthcare Organisation, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham


About the Innovation and Implementation webinars

The ARC North Thames Innovation and Implementation Science team aims to improve implementation of health innovations in diverse settings, provide frameworks and tools for practitioners, and reduce the delay between innovation and putting it into everyday practice.

Together with the ARC North Thames Academy, they will be running a series of webinars to share learning, practice and approaches, explore opportunities and challenges, and stimulate thought-provoking discussions across the research, health and social care, and public health communities. 

Future planned webinars include:

Wed 16th June, 14.00-16.00: Qualitative approaches to understanding innovation and implementation science: a case study of dementia. Find out more and book your place

Date tbc: Space - How does built environment shape service innovation?

Find out more about the Innovation and Implementation webinars.

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