Health secretary Andrew Lansley will seek to highlight how the government’s proposed NHS reforms can improve quality in the health service during a live online debate on 1 June.

The interview will focus on topics that cut across all four areas of the listening exercise, specifically focusing on the continuous quality improvement potential of the white paper and draft Health and Social Care Bill.

Professor Derek Bell, director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for north west London, will co-host the online interview with Andrew Lansley to connect the NHS quality improvement community with the government’s modernisation of health and care listening exercise.

The webchat, available to view online at, will start at 1:30pm, and viewers can contribute in real-time on social networking site Twitter.

Interview highlights will be tweeted live, and those interested are encouraged to follow both @CLAHRC_NWL and @DHgovuk to get involved while the interview takes place.

The session will cover: embedding quality improvement within a local healthcare setting; how the white paper and bill harness the link between research and improved service delivery; and how health and social care systems can become more sustainable.

Mr Lansley said: “I am delighted to be taking part in this live online interview and hope people will follow it and comment on Twitter. Research is vital in providing the new knowledge necessary to deliver continuously improving quality services and outcomes for patients.”

Professor Bell said: “This interview aims to introduce a new angle to the listening exercise: continuous quality improvement. What is the quality improvement opportunity presented by the white paper and the draft bill? The interview combined with live tweets will hopefully continue the transparent inclusive debate to help answer the question.”

NIHR CLAHRC north west London is a collaborative research programme between the National Institute for Health Research, Chelsea and Westminster Foundation Trust and Imperial College.