Annual Conference and Exhibition 2018

9 -10 October, Manchester Central

Why attend annual conference?

The annual conference and exhibition is a unique experience where 600+ senior NHS leaders and ambitious health professionals can learn, discover, celebrate and shape the future together.

Annual conference 2018 promises to be bursting with more key content on the topics that matter to you. Join us to discuss solutions to the sector's most pressing challenges, learn from best practice and discover innovations being led by other trusts.

Through diverse networking experiences and a comprehensive line up of expert speakers from within and outside the sector, annual conference will equip you with the tools to thrive in challenging times.

Register your place today

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Conference strands

This year’s annual conference is all about change - exploring how providers are responding to the changes they face by bringing together organisations at the forefront of transformation in the sector. 

Changing lives

This strand will exploring how trusts and their partners are improving care for patients and service users.

Changing times

This strand will showcasing how trusts are innovating through using new technology and other approaches to improving care, quality and efficiency.

Changing places

This strand looks at how trusts and their partners are grasping the opportunities presented by local system working by changing how care is delivered through closer integration and collaboration.

programme preview

This year's dynamic programme explores the keys issues that matter to you. You'll get the opportunity to debate, discuss and share ideas with expert speakers from within the healthcare sector and beyond. Hear from health leaders who are driving change across the sector and discover innovative solutions you can use in your organisation.

Follow @NHSProviders and #NHSP18 to be the first to hear when speakers are announced.


Registration and exhibition viewing


Welcome and introduction

Opening address

Chris Hopson welcomes delegates and opens the conference with his perspective on the changes the sector is facing, giving an update on the opportunities and challenges facing NHS providers.

Keynote address: the future of the health and care system

We discuss the future of the health and care system.


Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England (invited)    

Ian Dalton, Chief Executive, NHS Improvement (invited)



Exhibition, refreshments and networking


Breakout sessions – choose one

Winning the battle for hearts and minds: how to engage the public, staff and political leaders in much-needed service change

Hear success stories and discuss strategies for positively engaging the public, staff and politicians to drive forward transformation in the NHS.


Everyone's business: what role can NHS trusts play in improving health and wellbeing?

Explore where trusts have had success in shaping the wider determinants of health and tackling health inequalities as part of the Five-year forward view commitment to deliver a 'radical upgrade' in prevention and public health.


Session to be announced

More information coming soon.



Exhibition viewing, lunch and networking


Breakout sessions 2 – choose one

The digitisation of healthcare

Digital technology is transforming the delivery of health and social care. Learn more about the conditions for success and explore the opportunities for future digitisation


Capacity and demand – how NHS trusts are making the most out of limited resources

Explore how the provider sector is making the most out of limited resources to save money while improving the patient experience.


Session to be announced

More information coming soon.



Exhibition, refreshments and networking


Plenary 2

The NHS 10 year plan: what should our priorities be?

The government has agreed a new five year funding settlement for the NHS. In return, the NHS has been charged with developing a 10 year plan to recover performance and transform services. Given the 3.4% average annual increases fall short of what independent experts say is needed, there will be difficult choices to make about priorities. This debate explores what the public should expect, where the extra funding should be targeted, and what reform needs to accompany it.   



Plenary 3

Mission possible: diversity and the leadership challenge

The NHS has a leadership crisis: it is overstretched, undervalued and insufficiently diverse. Nurturing talent and embracing diversity must go hand in hand. The NHS needs to learn about inclusion, diversity and equity and the contribution a ‘diverse’ mind-set makes to leadership capacity from other sectors. A fundamental starting point is making progress in tackling BAME representation and the gender pay gap.



Closing remarks


Drinks reception in the exhibition hall


Conference day 1 close


Conference dinner with after dinner speaker


Registration and exhibition viewing


Breakfast sessions – to be announced


Welcome address


Keynote address

Keynote address from the Secretary of State

Speaker: The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (invited)


Plenary 4

Who is the NHS for? Lessons from mental health services

In the 1980s we saw one of the most radical service changes in the NHS’s history - moving mental health care out of asylums and into the community. The underpinning drivers for this were the humanity and quality of care provided, and the need to make structural changes to support this. What can we learn from this approach? Widespread structural changes ultimately need to benefit patients. How do we keep humanity at the forefront of our minds?



Exhibition viewing, refreshments and networking


Breakout sessions – choose one

One size does not fit all: organising to meet local needs

A range of vertically and horizontally integrated organisational forms are bringing about fundamental changes in the way services are designed, organised and managed. This session will explore the learning from these models and the benefits they are bringing.


Success factors for integrating the NHS with social care and primary care

Person-centred care requires the blurring of traditional barriers between different parts of the health and care system. This session will focus on new and emerging networks, how they have approached partnership working and what, if any, are their aligned organisational incentives.


Session to be announced

More information coming soon.



Exhibition viewing, lunch and networking


Plenary 5

Making integrated care a reality: removing the barriers

As integrated care systems gather pace, we explore what these developments mean for patient care, staff and the future of the NHS. What are the main barriers that need to be removed to unlock the potential of front-line organisations? This session will focus on local and international learning to integrating care and improving population health.



Closing remarks


Conference close

Who attends?

If you are a senior health professional you should be attending this event. You'll be at the conference with:

  • Chief executives

  • Chairs

  • Board members

  • Directors

  • Decision-makers

  • Industry professionals.

Networking opportunities

Annual conference and exhibition is your opportunity to meet with your peers and other senior health professionals in the sector. Our exhibition forms the networking hub of the conference, giving you the space you need to exchange ideas and discuss the content from the day with delegates. You'll also get the chance to evaluate the latest health solutions and services and connect with new suppliers in the sector.

Join in the conversation on twitter using #NHSP18.

Book your place

We're committed to giving you and your trust value for money which is why we've frozen our annual conference rates at 2017 prices - see the tables below for delegate fees. Bring your whole team along to the event with our group discount and save up to 25%.

Book your place today

Development places - half price tickets for aspiring leaders

At NHS Providers we’re dedicated to helping support professional development. That’s why we’re offering our members two half price tickets to the conference for those looking to develop their career in health, saving you over £200.*

This offer is open to any NHS Providers member below board level, providing a unique opportunity for them to develop their leadership mind-set by taking time out of the office to learn and debate among senior health professionals.

To book your development places please download the booking form.

NHS Providers members

Number of delegates Discount Full conference  Single day 
1   £429 + VAT £299 + VAT
2 save 5%  £815.10 + VAT £568.10 + VAT
save 10%  £1158.30 + VAT £807.30 + VAT
4 save 15% £1458.60 + VAT £1016.60 + VAT
5 save 20% £1716 + VAT £1196 + VAT
6 or more save 25% £321.75 + VAT per delegate  £224.25 + VAT



Number of delegates Discount Full conference Single day
1   £649 + VAT £449 + VAT
2 save 5% £1223.10 + VAT £853.10 + VAT
3 save 10% £1752.30 + VAT £1212.30 + VAT
4 save 15% £2206.60 + VAT £1526.60 + VAT
5 save 20% £2596 + VAT £1796 + VAT
6 or more save 25%

£478.75 + VAT per delegate

£336.75 + VAT per delegate

Commercial organisations

Number of delegates Discount Full conference Single day
1   £889 + VAT £629 + VAT
2 save 5% £1708.10 + VAT £1195.10 + VAT
3 save 10% £2427.30 + VAT £1698.30 + VAT
4 save 15% £3056.60 + VAT £2138.60 + VAT
5 save 20% £3596 + VAT £2516 + VAT
6 or more save 25% £674.25 + VAT per delegate £471.75 + VAT per delegate


Conference dinner

The conference dinner will be held on Tuesday 9 October where delegates can continue to explore the conference themes with their peers 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:

NHS Providers member £50 + VAT
Non-member - NHS or charity and commercial organisations  £65 + VAT

Terms and conditions

Discounts and payments

  • Group discount applies to conference places only and not dinner places.
  • *Development places are open to NHS Providers members only. Each member will be entitled to two full day tickets at half price. The development places offer only applies to two day tickets and does not apply to dinner or day tickets. 
  • A mixture of one-day and full conference bookings can be made, however discounts will be applied separately.
  • A mixture of delegate categories within a group (e.g. member and non-member tickets) is not possible and must be booked separately.
  • Invoices must be settled within 30 days and at least 2 weeks before the event, or admission may be refused. If payment has not been made in advance, please ensure you have a credit/debit card with you so that payment can be taken at registration.
  • Invoices can be paid via credit/debit cards or BACS by invoice (a PO number is mandatory when booking).
  • Payment by invoice will not be available after 9 September. Bookings after this date will need to be paid by credit/debit card.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations will be charged a £100 administration fee. The full fee is payable for any cancellation received 30 days before the event.

These charges cover the administration costs that we incur on cancellation. Cancellations can be completed via the booking website or via email: 

If a cancellation is made within a group booking, the discount for the remaining members will also be re-calculated. Any refunds will be paid via the original payment method.

Refunds will be processed after online booking for the event has closed.

Delegate information

  • Registration details and a map will be sent two weeks before the event
  • All changes to delegate name, job title and organisation must be made two weeks prior to the event.
  • Unless you specify when booking, you will be added to the delegate list that will be circulated to conference delegates and exhibitors. 
  • Amendments to delegate information can be made at the registration desk at the event.
  • Delegate substitutions are possible and can be made through the booking website or by email.
  • There may be a photographer at the event and photographs of delegates may be used on future marketing materials. If you do not want your photograph to be taken or used in this way, please notify a member of staff on-site.
  • Programme details are correct at the time of going to press. We reserve the right to make changes where necessary.

 Data protection

  • If you opt in during the booking process, we will include your personal details on the delegate list which may be given to delegates, sponsors and exhibitors. The delegate list includes name, job title and company information but not contact details.
  • Some sponsorship packages allow our sponsors to have access to your email address. They will only be allowed to make reasonable use of the data they receive. If you wish to opt-out of your contact details being passed onto these partners, please email

Provider showcase

The Provider showcase at our annual conference and exhibition is an opportunity for member trusts to showcase their pioneering work and share good practice with senior leaders from across the provider sector. This theme for Provider showcase 2018 is changing lives - highlighting how trusts and their partners are improving care for patients and service users. 

What you'll get as a successful applicant:

- your own stand in the exhibition to showcase your work built, designed and paid for by NHS Providers*
- free exhibitor places for colleagues to attend the exhibition to engage with peers
- full use of technology such as laptops or an iPad to display information
- your work publicised on the NHS Providers website.

Submissions will be assessed by an esteemed judging panel including sector leaders, health specialists and industry experts. The deadline for applications is Friday 13 July.

Submit your application or get in touch with us.


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What previous delegates thought

I really enjoyed the event and meeting a wide range of colleagues from across the NHS - it was great for networking and also for showcasing excellence in our work.
Head of workforce planning and recruitment, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

The conference gave good quality time to network and to think as well as learn from others.
Chief operating officer, Dorset County Hospital

Book your place today

Venue and accommodation

Our annual conference and exhibition takes place on 9-10 October 2018 at Manchester Central.

Manchester Central
Windmill Street
M2 3GX


We have negotiated specially discounted rates with Reservation Highway for our conference delegates. Visit the website to find out hotel rates and to book your accommodation. To ensure you get the best rates please book by Friday 7 September.

Train travel - get 20% off

Virgin trains offer a 20% discount on advance fares when you book groups of 3-9 people. Visit the website to book your place.

Event partners


Event partner

Hempsons is a full service law firm for the NHS. We advise on a range of strategic and operational issues. We are currently working with clients on accountable care, collaborations, STPs, service reconfigurations, workforce planning and estates and infrastructure projects. For more information visit or follow @hempsonslegal


Event partner

Helping organisations meet their financial targets while improving the lives of their patients, matters to us. We work with public organisations to crack some of the sector’s biggest challenges. Our clients are not only saving millions of pounds a year - one is also seeing nearly 6,000 more patients in clinics, and another has released 150 days of operating time from improved turnarounds. 
For more information visit or follow @Newton_Europe

Media supporter


Media supporter

Health Service Journal (HSJ) part of Wilmington Healthcare,  provides a deep understanding of the NHS through a wide range of services and solutions – news, analysis, insight, data, live networking events and a unique best practice database – aimed at professionals in the UK healthcare industry. For more information please visit or follow us on @HSJnews

Get in touch

To find out more about getting involved in the programme or about sponsorship or exhibiting, please contact a member of our events or business development team or complete the contact form below.