The NHS Workforce Conference North 2024: Taking Care of Our People

09:00 am
07 Feb, 2024
etc venues Manchester

The NHS Workforce Conference North 2024: Taking Care of Our People

09:00 am
07 Feb, 2024
etc venues Manchester

Delegates Registered

Job titles includes

Director of Education

Director of Midwifery

Director of Operational HR and OD

Director of Workforce

Head of Colleague Experience

Head Of Delivery & Innovation West Midlands Integrated Urgent Care

Head of Education

Head of health and wellbeing

Head of HR

Organisations Involved

Leeds and York NHS Trust

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Eastbourne District General Hospital

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Liverpool NHS Foundation Trust (Aintree Hospital)


The Royal Wolverhampton Trust

Barts Health NHS Trust

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH)

NHS England

Current Landscape and Challenges:

The NHS workforce has experienced substantial growth in response to the evolving needs of the population, yet persistent vacancies totalling over 112,000 pose significant challenges.

As the NHS strives to implement its Long-Term Workforce Plan, addressing the staffing shortfall and improving patient care remain key challenges. Collaboration between NHS England, Health Education England, and NHS Digital has become pivotal in equipping the NHS to undertake this transformative plan, enhancing its ability to provide sustainable and effective healthcare.

Importance and Timeliness of the Event:

The Workforce Conference North 2024 serves as a crucial platform for healthcare professionals, policymakers, and stakeholders to strategise and confront the challenges associated with the Long-Term Workforce Plan. By fostering collaboration, innovative thinking, and knowledge-sharing, the conference aims to fortify the NHS workforce, ensuring improved patient care and sustainable staffing solutions.

Key Content Streams:

  • Long-term Workforce Plan Action: A comprehensive review of the strategic direction and actionable steps at the local, regional, and national levels, emphasizing the imperative of training, retention, and reform within the workforce.
  • Workforce Sustainability: Exploring strategies to enhance workforce sustainability by fostering a conducive culture, enhancing retention, revamping training approaches, and maximising productivity.
  • Evolving Challenges and Opportunities: Analyzing how the NHS can proactively adapt to the evolving challenges and leverage emerging opportunities, ensuring its readiness to meet the future demands of healthcare.
  • Education and Training Expansion: Delving into action plans aimed at boosting the NHS workforce through expanded education and training initiatives, including scaling up medical school places, augmenting GP specialty training, enhancing nursing training programs, and increasing apprenticeships.

Why Attend:

The NHS Workforce Conference North 2024 offers a pivotal opportunity for participants to contribute to the advancement of the healthcare industry and the NHS.

This conference serves as a call to action for all stakeholders to collaborate in crafting a sustainable and robust workforce, ultimately leading to enhanced patient care and the achievement of long-term healthcare goals.

Register now to be a part of this transformative journey and contribute to building a better future for healthcare and the NHS workforce.

Headline Sponsor

The NHS Workforce Conference North 2024: Taking Care of Our People Key Subjects

  • Long-term Workforce Plan Action
  • Workforce Sustainability
  • Evolving Challenges and Opportunities
  • Education and Training Expansion
  • Next Steps for the NHS Workforce

Who will Attend

  • Chairs
  • Chief Executives
  • Chief Nurses/Directors of Nursing
  • Clinical Commissioning Group Members
  • Clinical Directors/Leaders
  • Commercial Directors/Managers
  • Contracts Directors/Managers
  • Director/Heads of Workforce and HR
  • Director/Heads of Operations
  • Directors /Heads of Finance
  • Directors/Heads of Commissioning/Procurement
  • Directors/Heads of Efficiency and Productivity
  • Directors/Heads of Organisational Development
  • Directors/Heads of Patient Engagement
  • Directors/Heads of Policy
  • Directors/Heads of Service Transformation
  • Directors/Heads of Staff Engagement/Training/HR
  • Directors/Heads of Strategy and Transformation
  • Estates and Facilities Directors/Managers
  • Finance Directors
  • Head of Commissioning Support Units
  • Improvement Programme Managers/Directors
  • NHS Trust Directors and Senior Managers
  • Operations/Performance Directors
  • Pharmacy Directors and Heads of Medicines Management
  • Service Improvement Directors

Your Pass Includes....

Your Pass Includes:

  • Multiple live keynote presentations
  • Live examples of both NHS and Commercial best practice
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Refreshments included 
  • Meet the supplier sessions.
  • Networking opportunity
  • Live Q&A sessions with all speakers on the day
  • Drinks receptions (subject to event)
  • CPD accreditation
  • Prize draws

Sponsors & Partners

The Agenda





Chair Opening Address (Confirmed)

Dr Gurnak Singh Dosanjh
GP and ICB Clinical Lead for Home First
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland ICB

Chair Opening Address (Confirmed)


Keynote Presentation - Inclusive Recruitment - Sharing Practice, Inspiring Action (Confirmed)

Frieza Mahmood
Chief People Officer
Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Hospitals Trust and NHS Black Country ICB

Focus of the Session:

  1. Raise the level of ambition on Inclusive Recruitment
  2. Increase the pace of change towards it
  3. Consider some practical approaches to Inspire Action


Keynote Presentation - The Sustainable Workforce of the Future – Do Generations Z and Alpha have the solution? (Confirmed)

Chris Sleight
Chief Officer - Greater Manchester Imaging & Pathology Networks -
Greater Manchester Provider Federation Board

The world’s population is increasing at a dramatic rate. Since the turn of the millennium the world population has increased by 33%. This growth is set to continue for the next 80 years. Moreso, the growth is in the over 65 years population with little change predicted to birth rates. By 2100 the life expectancy in the UK is predicted to increase to over 90 years of age.

The healthcare needs of the UK population are already increasing with an increasing percentage of over sixty-fives, whilst the percentage of the population at an employable age is reducing.

Chris will look at the attitudes of the Generation Z and Generation Alpha and ask what we need to be aware of and what we need to do now to ensure we can create a workforce for the future with the skills, incentives, capacity and capability of sustaining and providing high quality services to an increasing population.


Main Sponsor - Drake Medox

Mairead Murphy
Director of International Recruitment
Drake Medox UK, RN

Main Sponsor - Drake Medox


Q&A Panel

Q&A Panel


Morning Break

Morning Break


Chair Morning Reflection (Confirmed)

Dr Gurnak Singh Dosanjh
GP and ICB Clinical Lead for Home First
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland ICB

Chair Morning Reflection (Confirmed)


Case Study - BPP

Case Study - BPP


Case Study

Case Study


Keynote Presentation - Supporting Health and Improvement (Confirmed)

Preeti Minhas
Assistant Director of Clinical learning
Education for Health

Within this presentation, Preeti will discuss Education for Health and how they are assisting the NHS with training and staff retention.


Case Study

Case Study


Q&A Panel

Q&A Panel


Networking and Lunch

Networking and Lunch


Chair Afternoon (Confirmed)

Dr Gurnak Singh Dosanjh
GP and ICB Clinical Lead for Home First
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland ICB

Chair Afternoon (Confirmed)


Case Study

Case Study


Keynote Presentation - Driving Down Waiting Lists with Innovative Staff Rostering System (Confirmed)

David Mulligan
Head of Workforce Systems and Deployment
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Synopsis TBC


Case Study -NHS Business Services Authority

Case Study

NHS Business Services Authority


Q&A Panel

Q&A Panel


Panel Discussion - Prepping the workforce for collaboration with local partners

Prepping the workforce for collaboration with local partners

The NHS is moving towards collaborative working in systems, with trusts, primary care, local authorities, emergency services and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors coming together to improve the health population. With a move towards collaboration in local systems, the national bodies are also developing a new operating model, with a view to increasing workforce devolution to regions.


  • Panellist 1: Felicity Cox, Chief Executive, NHS Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes ICB (Invited)
  • Panellist 2: Jenny Lewis, Director of Human Resources and Occupational Development, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (Invited)
  • Panellist 3: Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive, NHS Employers (Invited)
  • Panellist 4: Uzoma Ibechukwu, Director of Pharmacy & Medicines Optimisation, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (Provisionally Confirmed)


Cross-Sector Analysis Session - Navigating and Nurturing our Workforce Stars: Multi-Sector Lessons in Belonging. From Aerospace, Aviation, Infrastructure, Transport and Startups - What can we learn from other sectors? (Confirmed)

Shireen Ali-Khan
Engagement Specialist, STEAM, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Advisor

Join us for a captivating presentation from Shireen Ali-Khan, Multi-Sector Engagement and Belonging Specialist. Sharing insights from NASA and the space agency's commitment to fostering an inclusive environment amongst other industry lessons..

Explore the parallels between NASA's diverse workforce and the challenges faced by the NHS senior workforce managers and team leaders. 

Discover cross-sector learnings that transcend boundaries and inspire a collective journey towards building a more inclusive and innovative future.


Hot Buffet Food, Drinks and Networking

Hot Buffet Food, Drinks and Networking


End of day

End of day


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