15th NHS Healthcare Workforce Conference: Building Sustainable NHS Teams

09:00 am
04 Jul, 2024
15 Hatfields Conference Centre, London SE1 8DJ

15th NHS Healthcare Workforce Conference: Building Sustainable NHS Teams

09:00 am
04 Jul, 2024
15 Hatfields Conference Centre, London SE1 8DJ

Delegates Registered

Job titles includes

Head of Skills Learning and Development

Divisional Director of Nursing

Head of Maternity & Neonatal Transformation

Associate Director

Delivery and Policy Lead

Technical Learning & Development Manager

AHP Workforce Planning Lead

HR Co-Ordinator

Strategic Workforce Lead

Head / CEO

Senior Programme Manager

Organisations Involved

Barts Health NHS Trust

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Mid & South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Northampton General Hospital

Ashford and St Peter's NHSFT

Guys and St. Thomas' NHS Trust

North West Leicestershire GP Federation and PCN

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Trust

North West Surey Integrated Care Services

Current Landscape and Challenges:

The Healthcare 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 Healthcare Workforce Conference North 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, emphasising 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: Analysing 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 speciality training, enhancing nursing training programs, and increasing apprenticeships.

Why Attend:

The Healthcare Workforce Conference North 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.

15th NHS Healthcare Workforce Conference: Building Sustainable NHS Teams 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


Registration and Breakfast

Registration - Open from 9:00 am - Closes at 11:00 am

All delegates must complete their registration process before the 11:00 AM cut-off time. Please arrive in a timely manner to allow for registration and to avoid any inconvenience. Delegates who arrive after the registration deadline will be refused entry to the event.

We appreciate your cooperation in helping us maintain the event's schedule and ensuring that everyone can fully participate in the Workforce Conference. If you have any questions or require assistance, our event staff will be available to assist you with the registration process.

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to an insightful and productive event together!


Chair Opening Address (Confirmed)

Brandie Deignan
Chief Executive Officer
Pier Health Group

Chair Opening Address (Confirmed)


Train, Retain and Reform Panel Discussion

Dr Raees Lunat
Chief Medical Information Officer, GP Registrar and ex Senior Advisor to the Chief Workforce Officer of the NHS
West Hertfordshire Trust
Preeti Minhas
Director of Clinical Development
Education for Health
Laura Norton
Chief Operating Officer
North West Leicestershire GP Federation and PCN
Rumiko Yonezawa
Associate Director of BI and Analytics
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
Claire Reynolds
Health T Level project manager/therapeutic radiographer
Gatsby Charitable Foundation

A discussion looking at the 3 key areas of setting out a strategic direction for the NHS Workforce in the long term. As well as concrete and pragmatic action to be taken locally, regionally and nationally in the short to medium term to address current workforce challenges.


  • Panellist 1: Preeti Minhas, Director of Clinical Development, Education for health (Confirmed)
  • Panellist 2: Rumiko Yonezawa, Associate Director of BI and Analytics at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust (Confirmed)
  • Panellist 3: Raees Lunat, Chief Medical Information Officer, GP Registrar, West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (Confirmed)
  • Panellist 4: Laura Norton, Chief Operating Officer, North West Leicestershire GP Federation and PCN (Confirmed)
  • Panellist 5: Claire Reynolds, Health T Level project manager/therapeutic radiographer, Gatsby Charitable Foundation (Confirmed)


Main Sponsor

Main Sponsor


Morning Break

Morning Break


Chair Morning Reflection (Confirmed)

Brandie Deignan
Chief Executive Officer
Pier Health Group

Chair Morning Reflection (Confirmed)


Case Study - BPP

Professor Lynne Gell
Pro Proctor and Principal Fellow HEA
BPP University
Rosemary Chable RGN, DipN, MSc
Head of Nursing for Education
Practice and Staffing at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHSFT)

The NHS Long-Term Workforce Plan has three priority areas all of which relate to skills.

  • Train - increasing education opportunities including delivering more trained nurses
  • Retain - through better supporting the development of individuals throughout their careers and  
  • Reform - building broader teams with flexible skills

Apprenticeships are a workforce planning strategy that can support all three agendas; it’s the responsibility of NHS Employers and training providers to work together to further expand apprenticeship provision to aim to train 1 in 6 NHS clinical staff. This session, delivered by BPP along with one of their Partners, the University Hospital Southampton, will explore how the NHS can work towards achieving the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan through the provision of nursing apprenticeship pathways.


Case Study - Xytal

Case Study - Xytal


Keynote Presentation - NHS Business Services Authority – Future NHS Workforce Solution (Confirmed)

Leigh Chapman
Senior ESR Transformation Programme Workstream Lead
NHS Business Services Authority

The NHS Business Services Authority is leading the ESR Transformation Programme to deliver a brand-new, future NHS workforce solution that will build upon the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) system.

Leigh Chapman will discuss how the programme is putting users at the heart of the design of the new solution. Leigh will share insight on how the programme is working collaboratively with delivery partners to support the timely delivery of the programme’s critical external dependencies, to enable true transformation of the way people services are delivered and received within the NHS, across England and Wales.


Case Study - Workday

Case Study - Workday


Networking and Lunch

Networking and Lunch


Chair Afternoon Address (Confirmed)

Brandie Deignan
Chief Executive Officer
Pier Health Group

Chair Afternoon Address (Confirmed)


Case Study - Charkos

Case Study - Charkos


Keynote Presentation - How Counsellors and Psychotherapists can be the key to Building Your Mental Health Workforce (Confirmed)

Matthew Smith-Lilley
Policy and Engagement Lead for Mental Health
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Set out counselling and psychotherapy as a profession
  • Set out the role counsellors and psychotherapists could be playing in the NHS workforce
  • Set out some of the barriers that counsellors and psychotherapists face
  • Case study of where counselling is making an impact
  • 3 key takeaways for NHS employers


Explore how an effective commercial strategy can help you manage risk and achieve your workforce policy objectives

Will Laing
Operations Director
NHS Workforce Alliance

NHS Workforce Alliance

The key theme of the presentation is the critical role commercial thinking and practice can play in the development and execution of workforce strategies.

It is set in the context of both national policy and local NHS practice and outlines clear and specific operational interventions that have a proven track record of improving value and outcomes.

The talk will end with a summary of the NHS Workforce Alliance for the benefit of delegates who may wish to know more about how we can help.


Cross-Sector Analysis Session - Cross-sector speaker TBC

Synopsis TBC


Canapés, Drinks and Networking

Canopes, Drinks and Networking


End of Day

End of Day


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