15th NHS Workforce Conference: Building Sustainable NHS Teams

Management & Delivery

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

15th NHS Workforce Conference: Building Sustainable NHS Teams

Management & Delivery

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

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

Delegates Registered

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.

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

Sponsors & Partners

The programme


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 - Leadership Development

Dr Sarah Coope
Principal Leadership Consultant

Case Study - Xytal

Xytal has expertise in healthcare QI and process improvement, and applies these principles when working with NHS leaders to maximise personal and professional efficiency and impact through leadership development. This case study illustrates a common challenge for leaders and how utilising specific coaching tools can facilitate insight and promote positive change.


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 - Making the future work: workforce sustainability

Richard Doherty
Senior Director, Product Marketing

Case Study - Workday

As workforce resources become ever more constrained, HR must focus on driving efficiency and automation in HR operations while optimising strategic talent programmes to attract, develop, deploy & retain the best talent. Hear Workday’s vision on how HR, harnessing the latest technology including AI, can embrace new ways of working and navigate a resource constrained future to create a sustainable workforce. We will also share Workday’s latest research into employee engagement and burnout, how you can measure it and the potential implications for the NHS.


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


Case Study

Case Study


Fireside Interview session with Sharon Malhi

Sharon Malhi
Chief People Officer
The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation NHS Trust

Within this session Sharon will discuss the work she has been undertaking to reduce agency spend and improve the health and wellbeing of her staff at the The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation NHS Trust.


Canapés, Drinks and Networking

Canopes, Drinks and Networking


End of Day

End of Day


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

Tickets For NHS Senior Managers

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