Annual conference and exhibition 2017

7-8 November, ICC Birmingham

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NHS leaders are facing the highest levels of pressure in a generation. Our annual conference, developed with input from trusts, will shine a light on how providers are responding to the challenges they face.

Our chair and broadcast journalist, Sarah Montague, will share the stage with high-profile plenary speakers including Jim Mackey, chief executive of NHS Improvement; Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for health; Claire Murdoch, national mental health director at NHS England; Dr Paul Lelliott, the Care Quality Commission’s deputy chief inspector (mental health); and Alistair McLellan, editor of HSJ.

Key issues will be discussed through a series of practical strand sessions exploring the themes of money, quality and workforce.

Join us at #NHSP17 to discover new ideas, question key decision-makers, be inspired & network with peers.

Conference news

News 08 Sep

Plenary speakers confirmed for #NHSP17

We’re pleased to announce a number of high-profile plenary speakers for the annual conference and exhibition

Our flagship annual conference and exhibition, taking place on 7-8 November in Birmingham, will gather over 500 NHS trust leaders alongside wider healthcare stakeholders to explore solutions to the shared challenges we face.

We’re pleased to announce that we now have a number of high-profile plenary speakers confirmed including Jim Mackey, chief executive of NHS Improvement; Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for health; and Alistair McLellan, editor of HSJ.

Dr Paul Lelliott, the Care Quality Commission’s deputy chief inspector (mental health); and Claire Murdoch, national mental health director at NHS England will join us to discuss the challenges that mental health providers face and how we transform mental health services for the future.

Take a look at our new event website which features the latest programme and speaker line-up.

Our conference strand programme, developed with input from trusts, will explore the themes of money, quality and workforce. Each strand includes a series of sessions where delegates will be able to share ideas, learn and be inspired.

Some of the highlights from our wide-ranging session content includes:

  • Keith Conradi, chief investigator at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch will look at how to build stronger investigative skills for enhancing patient safety.
  • Adam Roberts, head of economics at the Health Foundation will share his findings on payment systems past, present and future.
  • Cathy Ellis, chair of the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust; and Hardev Virdee, chief finance officer of Central and North West London Foundation Trust will share thoughts on the Carter report into operational productivity on community and mental health trusts.
  • Greg Moores, director of human resources, organisational development and equalities, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, will talk through what they are doing at a local level to tackle workforce challenges.

Over half of trust leaders are worried about having enough staff with the right skills, both now and in the future. Our policy officer, Georgia Butterworth, takes us through the workforce strand in more detail and explores local innovative solutions to national workforce challenges.

The two days promise to be full of insight, inspiration and solutions. We hope to see you there.

Our annual conference and exhibition takes place on 7-8 November at the ICC in Birmingham. Find out more, and to register your place.

Blog 07 Sep

Finding innovative local solutions to national workforce challenges

Find out more about our workforce strand at this year's NHS Providers Annual Conference and Exhibition in November.

When we think about the NHS being under pressure, workforce challenges immediately spring to mind. In our July State of the NHS provider sector report well over half of trust leaders (57%) were “worried” or “very worried” about their current ability to maintain the right numbers of staff – both clinical and non-clinical – to deliver high-quality care. And we now have a well-evidenced narrative around the particular set of workforce issues affecting the NHS provider sector.

Although the NHS in England has a greater number of clinical staff than ever before, trusts up and down the country are straining to fill the gap created by increases in patient demand for services that are outpacing the workforce pipeline and the funding the NHS has been given to employ staff. These staff shortages risk making the job for the current workforce undoable as more and more is asked of them. As the job gets harder and pay falls in real terms, trusts are struggling to recruit and retain enough staff with the right skills to deliver high quality care. Uncertainty caused by Brexit adds the finishing touch to this difficult national picture.

Well over half of trust leaders (57%) were “worried” or “very worried” about their current ability to maintain the right numbers of staff – both clinical and non-clinical – to deliver high-quality care.

Georgia Butterworth    Policy officer

 

Tackling local problems

And yet, in the face of all this adversity, individual trusts are successfully tackling local problems in different, place-based and tailor-made ways. Given the muddled approach to workforce strategy at a national level, trusts are taking it upon themselves to secure a current and future workforce that is equipped to work in new ways to deal with the increasingly complex needs of patients.

The cumulative momentum of these innovative local programmes has the potential to make a significant contribution to meeting the workforce challenges trusts face. The workforce strand at our annual conference will be an opportunity for some of those trusts at the forefront of innovation to share their progress, experience and learning.

Our conference strand session on what trusts are doing locally will explore how they can grow their own staff and deliver their own training courses. There is genuine concern about the national supply of nurses and doctors not meeting demand, as well as a rising worry that the health care sector is over-reliant on higher education for a sustainable and adequate pipeline of clinical staff.

Our workforce strand at our annual conference will be an opportunity for some of those trusts at the forefront of innovation to share their progress, experience and learning.

Georgia Butterworth    Policy officer

Recent data suggests that the NHS bursary reform has not resulted in a greater number of students starting a nursing degree in 2017, primarily due to the fact that the government did not release funding for clinical placements in time for universities and trusts to expand training places. In this context, trusts are increasingly partnering with local universities to develop innovative ways of training students as well as their existing staff.

After all, the health care sector is first and foremost a people business, with patients and frontline staff at its core. In recent years the NHS as a whole has worked hard to engage more and better with patients and its workforce. Research has shown that good levels of staff engagement are closely linked to higher quality care for patients.

Healthcare is first and foremost a people business, with patients and frontline staff at its core.

Georgia Butterworth    Policy officer

The key finding of the CQC’s recent report Driving improvement was that empowering staff leads to significant improvements in the quality of care provided and, in correlation, the trusts’ staff survey results improved. At the national level the most recent staff survey suggested some improvements in staff engagement, but there are still cultural problems that must be addressed locally.

In addition, NHS data shows that work-life balance is one of the main reasons health care staff leave the NHS and the NMC also recently published data showing that nurses are leaving the NHS primarily due to working conditions such as staffing levels or workload.

It is clear that work pressure has increased retention problems and, although a big part of this is due to the fundamental mismatch between what the NHS is being asked to do and the resources it has been given, trusts also have a role to play in making themselves great places to work as the direct employers of NHS staff. Our conference session will provide an opportunity to hear more about the impressive work trusts are doing to recruit and retain the staff they need to deliver safe, excellent care.

 

Workforce transformation

Given the national focus on the transformation of service delivery, the integration of health and care, and organisations working together as systems, there is also a pressing need to consider the workforce transformation required to deliver new care models. Teams are becoming increasingly multidisciplinary and mobile as they work across service boundaries. By changing the skill mix of existing roles and teams, and supporting the development of new roles, trusts have been able to bring about effective changes in quality of care, productivity and cross-sector working. For this reason skill mix has now been identified as part of the response to current staff shortages and our conference strand session will highlight examples of best practice. 

By changing the skill-mix of existing roles and teams, and supporting the development of new roles, trusts have been able to bring about effective changes in quality of care, productivity and cross-sector working.

Georgia Butterworth    Policy officer

Our breakout session on what trusts are doing locally will be a rich opportunity for delegates to share, discuss and take away ideas to support their own trusts. The wider workforce strand will also focus on finding solutions to workforce challenges at a national level and ensuring there are enough leaders at all levels of the system to tackle these issues.

  

We are developing a new workforce report which will look at solutions to these challenges to be published at our annual conference and exhibition on 7-8 November in Birmingham. To find out more, visit http://nhsproviders.org/courses-events/annual-events/annual-conference-and-exhibition-2017

News 15 Sep

Annual conference development place nominations

Development place nominations now open

Development places offer

Research shows there is a lack of diversity at board level in the NHS and while progress is being made, more can be done. Diversity in the workforce leads to better productivity, better staff morale and in turn better care for patients and the public.

To support equality, inclusion and diversity at a senior level, our board is offering member trusts a complimentary development place to attend. Nominations are open to those with the potential to take up an executive director role in the next one to three years.*

Nominations are open until 29 September

To take advantage of this offer, please complete the online form to nominate your first and second choice place(s) by 29 September. One place will be allocated per trust. Should there be additional capacity available, second places will then be allocated on a first come, first served system, based on when we received your form.

Take a look at the latest programme and list of speakers on our conference website

*Please note that development places are not open to those already in executive director posts.

Blog 20 Sep

Driving efficiency through innovative digital partnerships

Find out more about our finance strand at this year's NHS Providers Annual Conference and Exhibition in November.

Harold Wilson used to say the only human institution that rejects progress is the cemetery.

Last year’s Accelerated Access Review issued a call to arms for the government and the NHS to speed up patient access to innovative healthcare solutions. For the NHS, this was based on two imperatives: firstly, the sector must actively support the development and enhancement of innovative treatments and care that improves patient outcomes and experience. Secondly, it must pursue solutions that drive value and affordability across the system and ensure the future financial sustainability of the sector.

 

Cost improvement programmes

For those managing the purse strings, it is this second purpose that piques particular interest. As the NHS strives to close the funding gap, each year providers are expected to deliver ambitious cost improvement programmes (CIPs) that are increasingly reliant on non-recurrent savings. These savings are one-off in nature and examples include income generated from selling surplus buildings, or savings from leaving posts temporarily vacant. 

Providers are increasingly turning towards innovative digital solutions that will transform the way care is delivered and will help the sector achieve long term financial sustainability.

Adam Wright    Policy officer - finances

During quarter 1 this year, for example, non-recurrent measures made up 19% of savings achieved, against a plan of only 7%. CIPs should instead be based on solutions that are recurrent and focus on cost reduction, cost avoidance or include service productivity improvements. Providers are increasingly turning towards innovative digital solutions that will transform the way care is delivered and will help the sector achieve long term financial sustainability. For many, this has involved significant collaboration and partnership with the commercial sector to speed up the identification and implementation of these solutions.

 

Opportunities

Within the healthcare sector, and the NHS provider sector in particular, the opportunities are wide ranging. Take, for example, the cost of sequencing a whole human genome, which has fallen from $100m to $1,000 in less than twenty years. The impact this has on personalised medicine will mean that many more health systems will be able to produce far more accurate diagnoses and effective interventions. Tailored therapies that are no longer based on a “one size fits all” approach will lead to a significant reduction in avoidable costs.

Other innovations are focused on improving information sharing by handing patients (and carers) control over their own health information, which enhances decision making and communication with clinicians. By empowering patients like this services may become more productive as new ways of working are developed, based on the rebalance of information sharing.

Changing the way healthcare is delivered, however, often requires input from outside the NHS.

Innovation is always based on the exchange of ideas, regardless of institutional boundaries. The new Innovation and Technology Tariff (ITT), launched in November 2016, hopes to go someway toward improving the uptake of innovation within the NHS, with one category focused on web based applications for the self-management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). But many providers have taken it upon themselves to pursue their own individual partnerships with the commercial sector. This is leading to the proliferation of ideas and opportunities from artificial intelligence to patient generated wearable data.  

Many providers have taken it upon themselves to pursue their own individual partnerships with the commercial sector, generating ideas and opportunities from artificial intelligence to patient generated wearable data.

Adam Wright    Policy officer - finances

For its part, the national leadership of the NHS recognises these developments. Many advances are emerging from new, smaller organisations, partnered in many cases with a single trust, that can often scale up but where in most cases require a skills transfer to take place. The Global Digital Exemplars, as well as the ‘fast followers’, are designed to share their learning and experiences, and will hopefully enable other trusts to take up their innovations and roll out efficiencies across the NHS.

 

Digital partnerships 

Driving efficiency through innovative digital partnerships will be explored at this year’s annual conference in our finance strand. We will hear from trusts who are already working with commercial partners to design and implement digital innovations, and share examples of what worked, how it worked and why it worked. 

Our annual conference finance strand is an opportunity to hear from trusts who are already working with commercial partners to design and implement digital innovations and drive efficiency.

Adam Wright    policy officer - finances

We hope these conversations continue after the session has finished. A lot of progress has already been made in the digital sphere, so it can be difficult to stay on top of the latest developments and advances. The challenges facing the NHS are large, but the solutions could be exciting and radical.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Conference themes

This year’s conference shines a light on how providers are responding to the pressures they face, by bringing together organisations at the forefront of change in the sector.

The conference strand programme enables delegates to explore key issues in further detail, and will include a series of sessions where delegates can debate, discuss and share ideas with expert speakers from within the healthcare sector and beyond.

Our strand themes are:

Money

Funding continues to be a key issue for providers of NHS services, and shows no signs of abating. We’ll explore the pressures, as well as potential solutions, that are being generated in response to the financial challenge.

Quality

Amid ever-present pressures, this year’s quality strand explores the benefits of strong organisational leadership during periods of rapid transformation and change. You’ll be able to hear examples of remarkable improvement journeys in trusts and look at examples of successful partnerships for continuously improving care.

Workforce

With workforce now top of the NHS agenda, we will examine what needs to happen to create a coherent workforce strategy at national level. How are trusts increasing local supply and how can the NHS best support its leaders?

Programme

09.00

Registration and exhibition

10.00

Plenary sessions

 

Welcome and introduction

Sarah Montague will welcome delegates and open the conference.

Conference chair

Sarah Montague

Chris Hopson, chief executive, NHS Providers

Chris Hopson will welcome delegates and open the conference with his perspective on the pressure the sector is facing and an update on the strategic context for the NHS.

Keynote speaker

Chris Hopson

Jim Mackey, chief executive, NHS Improvement

Jim Mackey will share his reflections on his time as NHS Improvement's chief executive before returning to the provider sector to lead Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Keynote speaker

Jim Mackey

11.30

Exhibition, refreshments and networking

12.00

Breakout sessions

 

Investigating for safer NHS care: learning with the Healthcare Safety Investigations Branch

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch aims to build organisational capability and knowledge to improve system-wide patient safety, free of blame or liability.  This session will give delegates an opportunity to meet HSIB investigators, learn about their experience working in other safety critical industries and discuss the opportunities and challenges facing trusts seeking to deliver improvement for safer healthcare.

This session is part of the quality strand

Payment systems past, present and future

The theory of how payment systems should work in the NHS is well defined. However, less is know about the true impact of the current systems, how incentives actually affect behaviour, and what would need to be changed to improve the effectiveness of incentives and help drive improvements in quality and efficiency. This session will look at the history of payment systems in the NHS, the current systems in use, what future systems should look like and discuss the recent joint NHS Providers – Health Foundation report on payment systems.

This session is part of the money strand

13.10

Exhibition, lunch and networking

14.10

Breakout sessions

 

Innovative local projects trusts are undertaking to tackle workforce challenges

NHS trusts and foundation trusts are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit and retain enough staff with the right skills to meet the rising demand for and complexity of care. In this challenging national context, individual trusts are tackling different workforce issues locally by implementing a variety of successful projects. A panel of providers will share their learning to demonstrate how trusts can grow their own staff, ensure they are great places to work and make effective changes in skill mix.

This session is part of the workforce strand

Getting it right first time: quality improvement for better value care

The new national programme, Getting it right first time, to reduce unwarranted variation within 34 clinical services promises much genuine benefit for patients, clinicians and providers. The success of the program will depend on strong clinical leadership with quality as the primary driver; how can providers boards provide the right local support and resource to ensure the programme can meet its potential? Our panel will explore some early learning from trusts about how they have managed to build the essential clinical engagement to implement change where needed.

This session is part of the quality strand

15.20

Exhibition, refreshments and networking

15.50

Plenary sessions

 

Is the NHS reputation under pressure?

A panel of journalists and commentators will explore the question of how pressure on services is affecting the reputation of the NHS.

17.30

Drinks reception

19.15

Conference dinner

 

Conference dinner

Attendees can continue to explore the conference themes in a more informal environment and hear from an after dinner speaker.

Limited spaces are available and booking your dinner place in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.

07.30

Registration and exhibition

08.00

Breakfast session

09.15

Plenary sessions

 

Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, secretary of state for health

The secretary of state for health will set out his view of how the sector is responding to the pressures it faces.

10.45

Exhibition, refreshments and networking

11.15

Breakout sessions

 

Driving efficiency through an innovative digital partnership

Innovation is critical in enabling providers of healthcare across the world transform and deliver services fit for patients in the twenty first century. The NHS has not always been receptive to change, but new and pioneering commercial partnerships between providers and technology entrepreneurs are changing the way healthcare is delivered in the UK. This session will focus on the collaboration between the NHS and the commercial sector on implementing innovate solutions to drive efficiency and ensure financial sustainability within the provider sector.

This session is part of the money strand

Developing future leaders across the health care sector

The unprecedented scale of the challenges facing NHS leaders, managers and staff has drawn renewed focus on talent management. This session will focus on building leadership capacity and capability to ensure the NHS has a future leadership pipeline supplying the right number of diverse, appropriately skilled people. This will be an opportunity for delegates to hear about what the NHS is doing to support talent management across the health system, as well as to learn about successful talent management programmes in comparable non-healthcare sectors.

This session is part of the workforce strand

Why the NHS must focus on suicide prevention

The impact of a suicide ricochets through families, communities and places heavy burden on healthcare services and resources. And yet many suicides are preventable: this is the message, backed with mounting evidence, from ‘Zero Suicide’ programs introduced in the UK and overseas.  This session will explore work underway both within NHS secondary services and local systems towards improving suicide prevention, with a first-hand account of why this must be a priority for all providers across the full spectrum of NHS care.

This session is part of the quality strand

12.25

Exhibition, lunch and networking

13.25

Breakout sessions

 

The Carter review community and mental health journey

The launch of Lord Carter’s report into operating productivity within the community and mental health sector is expected in the autumn. The review looked at how mental health and community trusts currently operate and what opportunities there are to improve productivity and efficiency, what good looks like, and what metrics and indicators are required to support the development of the model for these sectors. This session looks at the thoughts and reflections of those involved in the review from both a provider and regulator perspective.

This session is part of the money strand

Creating a coherent and credible national workforce strategy

The growing set of workforce challenges facing the NHS has exposed how responsibility for workforce strategy is fragmented across several different national organisations with no effective mechanism for delivering a coherent and credible approach. This session will look at what the national bodies need to do to support the provider sector to recruit and retain the right staff with the right skills and values, now and in the future.

This session is part of the workforce strand

14.35

Exhibition, refreshments and networking

15.05

Plenary sessions

16.45

Conference close

The conference dinner, held on 7 November, is the main networking event where attendees can continue to explore the conference themes in a more informal environment and hear from an after dinner speaker. Limited spaces are available, book your place to avoid disappointment.

 

Speakers

Chris Hopson
Chris Hopson

Chief executive

 
Chris joined NHS Providers as chief executive in September 2012 after a career in politics, commercial television and the civil service.

Chris leads the organisation, with a particular emphasis on setting strategy, senior stakeholder management, acting as the principal public voice of the organisation and representing the provider sector on a range of NHS system level committees.
Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP

Secretary of state for health

 
Jeremy has been a Conservative Member of Parliament for South West Surrey since May 2005. He was re-elected in 2017, with a majority of 21,590.

In September 2012 Jeremy was appointed as secretary of state for health. Prior to this he was appointed secretary of state for culture, olympics, media and sport in May 2010 during which time he oversaw a successful Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in the summer of 2012. He had shadowed this brief in opposition since July 2007.

Born on 1 November 1966, Mr Hunt was educated at Charterhouse school, Godalming and Oxford University. He lives in Godalming and London with his wife Lucia and their three young children.
Dr Paul Lelliott
Dr Paul Lelliott

Deputy Chief Inspector (Mental Health)

Care Quality Commission

 
Before joining CQC, Paul spent 20 years working as a consultant psychiatrist at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. In 2014 he was appointed deputy chief inspector of hospitals, leading on mental health.
Jim Mackey
Jim Mackey

Chief Executive

NHS Improvement

 
Jim became chief executive of NHS Improvement on 1 November 2015. He is a qualified accountant who joined the NHS in 1990. His previous roles have included chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, interim chief executive of Northumberland Care Trust as well as a range of director roles across NHS organisations. He has a keen interest in quality of care, especially patient and family experience, and has participated in a number of reviews and national projects, including the Dalton Review in 2014.
Alistair McLellan
Alistair McLellan

Editor

HSJ

 
Alastair McLellan has been the editor of HSJ – the UK’s leading intelligence service for healthcare leaders – since 2002 (with a short break between 2007 and 2010).

HSJ has been named the UK’s number one ‘business information brand’ in two of the last three years. It has also won ‘launch of the year’ twice in the same period: in 2015 for the strategic targeting and insight tool HSJ intelligence; and in 2017 for HSJ Solutions – the largest database of validated NHS best practice.

A journalist since 1986 – Alastair covered both the first Gulf War and the Hong Kong handover before joining HSJ.
He has a long parallel career as a sportswriter. In 2010, his book 500-1 - about the 1981 Headingley Ashes Test - was named as one of the sports books of the year by the Independent.
Sarah Montague
Sarah Montague

Broadcast journalist

 
Sarah is one of the main anchors on Radio 4’s flagship Today Programme and presents HARDtalk on BBC World Television. In nearly 20 years at the BBC she has presented many of its news programmes from bulletins to Newsnight and BBC Breakfast. She was also one of the very first anchors on the BBC’s rolling News Channel. She has presented two series of “The Educators” for BBC Radio 4 and, in 2014, the hugely popular “My Teacher is an App” which explored the phenomenal changes in education being brought about by technology.

Sarah studied biology at Bristol University, before beginning a career in finance with Natwest. At the age of 24 she made the leap into journalism, first working as a reporter and presenter at Channel Television in Guernsey and Jersey.

In 1994 she moved to London as a freelance TV news reporter. After joining the staff of Reuters she moved to Sky News, before heading to the BBC in 1997.
Claire Murdoch
Claire Murdoch

National Mental Health Director

NHS England

 
Claire Murdoch, national mental health director for NHS England, is a registered mental health nurse for 34 years, and joined NHS England in April 2016. She is also chief executive of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

With a wealth of clinical and leadership experience she is leading delivering the national mental health programme for NHS England.
Cathy Ellis
Cathy Ellis

Chairman

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

 
Cathy is chairman of Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT), which provides mental health, learning disability and community services.

LPT has a strategic relationship with the University of Leicester where Cathy is a member of the council and finance committee. Prior to this she was chairman of the Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland NHS Primary Care Trust.

Cathy trained as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse and subsequently gained commercial experience at Molson Coors in finance, strategic planning, procurement and human resources.
Anita Charlesworth
Anita Charlesworth

Director of Research and Economics

The Health Foundation

 
Anita Charlesworth is the director of research and economics at the Health Foundation, and honorary professor in the College of Social Sciences at the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) at the University of Birmingham.

Previously Anita was chief economist at the Nuffield Trust, chief analyst and chief scientific advisor at DCMS, and director of public spending at the Treasury. She was awarded a CBE in The Queen's 2017 Birthday Honours List for services to economics and health policy.
Adam Roberts
Adam Roberts

Head of Economics

Nuffield Trust

 
Adam Roberts is the head of cconomics at the Health Foundation, leading a team to provide independent analysis on the current and future pressures facing the NHS and care system in the UK. Before joining the Health Foundation he worked at the Nuffield Trust, Care Quality Commission and Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust.

Adam graduated from Keele University in 2004 with a first class dual honours degree in statistics and economics.

Partners

Hempsons
 
HSJ
 

HSJ provides critical information and insight to senior management and decision-makers in the NHS and to the healthcare industry. HSJ’s flagship digital information product is the premier source of proprietary content, insight, comment and analysis on the UK healthcare sector and is sold via individual and corporate subscriptions. For more information please visit https://www.hsj.co.uk or follow us on https://twitter.com/hsjnews.

Newton
 

Exhibition

The conference exhibition provides an opportunity for delegates to meet with a range of partners and suppliers that can help them to meet key organisational challenges.

Attendees can also hear about pioneering work from trusts across the sector in our Provider showcase. Details of the trusts and projects will be announced here shortly.

SUPPORTER OPPORTUNITIES

Partnership packages

Our partnership packages offer you high profile, visibility and extensive involvement at our annual conference and exhibition. We also work with our partners throughout the year to actively support your offer to our members, extending the value of your event package.

Event partner

The highest level of support at the annual conference and exhibition enables you to engage with our audience through a variety of media, both at the event and throughout the year.

This headline opportunity is exclusive to three partners and is designed for organisations keen to build a strategic relationship with us and create a long-term engagement plan with our members.

This is a bespoke package and support can include:

  • top level branding as overall event partner
  • logo to feature on:
    • pre-event: all annual conference and exhibition communications including brochures and email campaigns
    • NEW: one pre-event blog on NHS Providers’ website, subject to NHS Providers approval
    • the event website with a hyperlink and maximum 50 word company description
    • on-site: the main plenary stage and on all event signage
    • post-event: post-event survey sent to all delegates
  • opportunity to deliver an hour-long session as part of the core conference programme
  • exhibition space adjacent to the NHS Providers’ stand
  • three delegate places for members of your team and three additional delegate places for NHS clients
  • access to the delegate list post event (subject to data protection regulations)
  • two top table places at the annual conference dinner
  • NEW: Private lounge area for client or internal meetings
  • opportunity to hold a one-hour session prior to one of the three NHS Providers chair and chief executives network meetings held each year
  • opportunity to hold a one-hour session prior to one of the NHS Providers other network meetings
  • access to NHS Providers electronic bulletins

£40,000 + VAT


Strand partner

Supporting a strand at our annual conference enables your organisation to be identified as a solutions provider around a key priority for the provider audience. We will engage with you throughout the year to support this and showcase wider areas of your work with the NHS.

This is a bespoke package but can include:

  • high level branding as strand partner
  • logo to feature on:
    • pre-event: logo on all annual conference and exhibition communications including brochures and email communications relating to the strand.
      New: inclusion of a maximum 50-word message to all attendees in the “session-booking” emails.
    • the event website with a hyperlink and maximum 50 word company description
    • on-site: all directional signage relating to the strand and two of your pull-up banners in the strand session rooms
    • post-event: post-event survey sent to all delegates
  • opportunity to chair a panel session that forms part of the strand.
  • two delegate places for members of your team
  • new: a delegate place for one of your NHS clients
  • new: opportunity to host a table at one of the lunchtime “market-place” sessions
  • opportunity to hold a one-hour session prior to one of our wider NHS Providers network meetings held annually.
  • access to NHS Providers electronic bulletins

£20,000 + VAT


New for 2017: breakfast session

We are offering the opportunity to deliver a thought leadership piece during breakfast on day two of the conference.

A maximum of two hour-long sessions will run at 8.00am.NHS Providers will actively market these sessions to our members and wider audience, provide you with regular updates on bookings and provide access to our policy team to help you shape your session so it has maximum impact on delegates.

The package includes:

  • an hour long breakfast session on day one of the conference
  • two full two-day conference passes
  • two one-day speaker passes
  • continental breakfast provided to session delegates
  • opportunity to invite six clients to attend the breakfast session
  • marketing support and regular updates on delegate attendance
  • branding on all signage related to the breakfast session

£8,500 + VAT

Exhibition

Does your organisation have a product, service, idea or solution that can help NHS provider organisations?

The issues facing the NHS are complex and it can be challenging to get time in front of NHS leaders – some of the hardest pressed public servants in the country.

Our exhibition offers your organisation the opportunity to:

  • meet NHS leaders and key decision-makers all together in one room
  • learn directly from those tasked with transforming the NHS and discover their priorities and how you can help them
  • network with delegates who are actively seeking solutions from the private sector
  • position your organisation as a market leader

Shell scheme

The package includes:

  • shell scheme stand structure
  • electrical package – two spotlights, one power socket
  • fascia nameboard on each open side
  • pre-event link from our website
  • exhibition briefing day
  • company listing on the event app
  • new: one full two-day delegate place
  • two delegate places at 50% discount
  • all lunches and refreshments at the event
  • carpet for your stand
  • 50-word entry on the event website

Aisle stand (open on side): £380 plus VAT per m2

Corner stand (open two sides): £395 plus VAT per m2

Space only

The package includes:

  • pre-event link from our website
  • exhibition briefing day
  • company listing on the event ap
  • new: one full two-day delegate place
  • two delegate places at a 50% discount
  • all lunches and refreshments at the event
  • carpet for your stand
  • 50-word entry on the event website

£370 + VAT per m2

Networking opportunities

Our delegates regularly tell us that networking is an essential part of the event and one that they value highly. Some of the best connections at events are not made in the conference session but informally at social events where our audience can share ideas in a more relaxed setting.

Our satellite events offer a great opportunity to get to know your audience and for them to make a connection with you.


Conference dinner

Held on site at the ICC, the conference dinner features an after dinner speaker and award-winning catering. Over 50% of delegates attend the NHS Providers annual conference dinner making it a highlight, not just of the event, but of the year. Support of the dinner not only increases your brand profile but offers you an opportunity to network with key leaders and influencers in the healthcare market.

The package includes:

  • high level branding
    • conference website
    • menu and dinner tickets
    • pop-up banners at the dinner
    • dinner signage
  • one piece of promotional material one each dinner table
  • two top table places
  • a table of 10 at the conference dinner
  • two full conference delegate places

£12,000 + VAT


Welcome reception

Our welcome reception for all delegates and exhibitors takes place at the end of day one. This is a great opportunity to increase your brand profile and to get a clear impactful message across to delegates.

The package includes:

  • a note of thanks from the chair of NHS Providers
  • two full conference delegate places
  • one top table dinner place
  • opportunity to display promotional material at the reception

£5,000 + VAT

Feature areas

Barista

A top quality event deserves top quality refreshment. Ever popular with both delegates and exhibitors, our barista area provides free barista quality teas, coffees and hot chocolate upon demand. This package offers you high visibility and includes:

  • branding throughout the barista area
  • two full conference delegate passes
  • one place at the annual conference dinner

£9,000 + VAT

Business centre with charge zone

As the pressure on the providers of healthcare service increases, so does the necessity to keep in touch whilst away at conference. The business centre provides delegates with work desks, a printer and the facility to recharge their phones, tablets and laptops giving them the tools to respond to issues back at base when they need to.

  • logo on all banners and signage relating to the business centre
  • two full conference delegate passes
  • one place at the conference dinner
  • exclusive opportunity to distribute literature within the business centre

£6,000 + VAT

Provider showcase

Our provider showcase will enable 12 of our members to demonstrate good practice and new innovations to their peers to help improve how services are delivered across the country. It is an important way for our members to learn from each and is a much valued feature at our event.

This package includes:

  • logo on all showcase banners and signage
  • two full conference delegate places
  • one place at the annual conference dinner

£9,000 + VAT

Registration

Ensure your brand is in front of our delegates from the very start of their conference experience. Supporting the registration area gives you immediate visibility.

This package includes:

  • branding on registration signage
  • leaflet racks available for your literature in the registration area
  • two full conference delegate places

£4,500 + VAT

Branding

Delegate badges and lanyards

With delegate, exhibitor and speaker networking forming an integral part of the experience, your logo will be seen and noticed by delegates throughout the event.

This package includes:

  • logo on all delegate badges and lanyards
  • two full conference delegate places

£7,500 + VAT

Delegate bags

Each delegate will be handed a bag upon arrival and will use them throughout the event. Often our bags continue to be used long after the event closes, extending the package value beyond the conference.

This package includes:

  • your logo on all delegate bags
  • two full conference delegate places

£5,000 + VAT

App

Delegates will interact with the event in the build up to the event and on site with access to personalised schedules and online networking.

  • Headline branding on the app
  • Two places at the conference dinner

£9,000 + VAT

Book your place

We have frozen our rates at 2016 prices. We have special rates for providers, and group discounts of up to 25% are also available, please see below.

Book your place

NHS Providers members

Number of delegates Discount Full conference  Single day 
1   £429  £299 
2 5%  £815.10  £568.10 
10%  £1158.30  £807.30 
4 15% £1458.60 £1016.60
5 20% £1716 £1196.00
6 or more 25% £321.75 per delegate £224.25

 

Non-members and commercial organisations

    Non-member (NHS or charity)   Commercial organisation  
Number of delegates Discount Full conference Single day Full conference Single day
1   £649 £449 £889 £629
2 5% £1223.10 £853.10 £1708.10 £1195.10
3 10% £1752.30 £1212.30 £2427.30 £1698.30
4 15% £2206.60 £1526.60 £3056.60 £2138.60
5 20% £2596.00 £1796.00 £3596.00 £2516.00
6 or more 25%

£478.75 per delegate

£336.75 per delegate £674.25 per delegate £471.75 per delegate

Conference dinner

The conference dinner will be held on 7 November. Attendees can continue to explore the conference themes in a more informal environment and hear from an after dinner speaker.

Limited spaces are available and booking your dinner place in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Conference dinner rates are as follows:

NHS Providers member £50
Non-member - NHS or charity £75
Commercial organisation £100

Venue and accommodation

Our annual conference and exhibition will take place on 7-8 November 2017 at the ICC in Birmingham.

The International Convention Centre
Broad Street
Birmingham
B1 2EA

Approximately 10 minutes walk from Birmingham New Street rail station and with plenty of car parking nearby, the ICC is easily accessible. You can view further location and direction details on the venue’s website.

Birmingham ICC’s city centre location offers an abundance of accommodation options close to the venue. Reservation Highway have negotiated specially discounted rates for our conference delegates.

To secure accommodation with preferential rates please book online here.

Alternatively, you can view a list of hotels, complete a booking form and forward to Reservation Highway.

Contact us

If you have any queries about our annual conference, please contact a member of the team or complete the contact form below and we'll be in touch shortly.