Annual Conference and Exhibition 2018

9 -10 October, Manchester Central

Why attend annual conference?

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

600+ senior NHS leaders come together to discuss solutions to the sector's most pressing challenges, learn from best practice and discover innovations being led by other trusts.

Annual conference 2018 promises to be bursting with more key content on the topics that matter to you. Through diverse networking experiences and a comprehensive line up of expert speakers from within and outside the sector, the event will equip you with the tools to thrive in challenging times.

Register your place today

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This year’s conference theme is all about change and explores how providers are responding to the changes they face, by bringing together organisations at the forefront of change in the sector. The event will showcase the role of the health sector's leaders in driving change across the sector, demonstrating innovative solutions you can use in your organisation.

We are working on putting together a dynamic programme that 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.  Follow @NHSProviders and #NHSP18 to be the first to hear when it is released.

Book your place

Bookings for 2018 are now open. 

We have frozen our rates at 2017 prices - see the tables below for delegate fees. Take advantage of our early bird tickets and save 10%* on standard rates when you book by Friday 6 April.

Book your early bird place today

Bring your whole team along to the event with our group discount and save 
up to 25%.

* The early bird discount only applies to full conference places.

NHS Providers members

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



Number of delegates Discount Full conference Single day
1   £649 £449
2 save 5% £1223.10 £853.10
3 save 10% £1752.30 £1212.30
4 save 15% £2206.60 £1526.60
5 save 20% £2596.00 £1796.00
6 or more save 25%

£478.75 per delegate

£336.75 per delegate

Commercial organisations

Number of delegates Discount Full conference Single day
1   £889 £629
2 save 5% £1708.10 £1195.10
3 save 10% £2427.30 £1698.30
4 save 15% £3056.60 £2138.60
5 save 20% £3596.00 £2516.00
6 or more save 25% £674.25 per delegate £471.75 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
Non-member - NHS or charity £75
Commercial organisation £100

Terms and conditions

Discounts and payments

  • Group discount applies to conference places only and not dinner places.
  • Early bird discount only applies to full conference places booked by Friday 6 April.
  • 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).
  • Please note that 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

  • More than 30 days prior to the conference start: 50% of total invoice value payable
  • 0 - 30 days prior to the conference start:
    100% of total invoice value payable

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.

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

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. Subsequent to this, changes will not be reflected in the delegate list.
  • 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

  • We will include your personal details on the delegate list which is given to delegates, sponsors and exhibitors. The delegate list includes name, job title and company information but not contact details. Please let us know if you would like us to exclude your contact details from this delegate list.
  • We do have some sponsorship packages that would potentially allow our sponsors to have access to your email address, although for any one event, this will not be more than three partners and 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
  • Your badge will have a bar code on it which can be scanned by exhibitors to capture your personal information, such as your name, job title, organisation and email address. Please inform the exhibitor at the time if you do not wish to have your details scanned or used.

Provider showcase

The Provider showcase at our annual conference and exhibition is an opportunity for our member trusts to showcase their pioneering work and share good practice with senior leaders from across the provider sector.

We are looking for organisations who would like to demonstrate their work at this year's conference.

Please get in touch with us to find out how you can take part.

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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

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Conference news

News 09 Nov

Media coverage from #NHSP17

A round up of the media coverage of our annual conference

Our 2017 annual conference and exhibition was well showcased by the national print and broadcast, trade and local media. We welcome journalists from the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Times, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, the Sun, BBC, Sky News, and ITN.

The publication of our latest workforce report – There for us: A better future for the NHS workforce, the opening address by NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson, and keynote addresses from Jim Mackey (NHS Improvement), Simon Stevens (NHS England) and the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt were widely covered.

Channel 4 News produced a short news item which summarised our theme for the conference – Pressure, and highlights from second day.

There for us

The BBC reported that NHS staff in England are working on the "edge of safety" as rising demand is outstripping the increasing numbers being employed.

The Guardian warned that uncertainty over the future of EU staff in the NHS is so damaging that it threatens the quality of care received by patients.

Sky News reported that staff shortages in the NHS pose a fundamental risk to patient safety and quality of care. It pulled out survey findings that the majority (66%) believe workforce issues are the "single biggest risk facing services.”

The Independent reported that NHS leaders are calling on the government to reform immigration policy to make it easier to recruit doctors and nurses from overseas and fill significant gaps left by UK workforce shortages. It highlighted our figures that 85% of trusts say overseas recruitment will be key to keep services running over the next three years.

The Daily Mail pulled out comparison figures from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, highlighted in our report, to warn that the UK is more reliant on overseas doctors and nurses than almost any other healthcare system in the developed world.

Nursing Times highlighted language testing as another key barrier to recruiting the staff that the NHS needs.

Public Finance write that NHS Providers has accused the government of “a fundamental failure at a national level” to ensure it has adequate staffing. It highlights that we make recommendations including an expansion of medical education to ensure a supply of highly trained staff and reversing cuts to training budgets. We also called on the NHS to continue to recruit from overseas.

Our workforce findings were well covered by broadcast channels. Saffron Cordery, director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers featured in news bulletins on BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 programming, she was also quoted through across BBC and commercial radio stations.

Paul Myatt, policy advisor – workforce, carried out local radio interviews with BBC Radio Coventry, BBC Radio Oxford, BBC Radio Shropshire, BBC Northampton, BBC Somerset and BBC North East.

BBC News at One included an interview with Saffron and footage filmed at Kingston hospital. Saffron was also interviewed by the BBC News Channel and featured as part of a pre-recorded package on Sky News Sunrise.  

Comment pieces

We accompanied the report with an editorial by Saffron which was published by the Guardian Healthcare Network, in which she outlines some of the key workforce challenges and recommendations.

This follows a piece in the New Statesman a week before which reiterates our call for the government to confirm right to remain for EU nationals, on which the NHS now greatly depends.

Read our workforce report – There for us: A better future for the NHS workforce


The opening address

Ahead of NHSP17, NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson gave an exclusive interview in the HSJ. Teasing a key theme of his speech, he argued that national leaders needed to acknowledge that the NHS was deep in the “red zone” in a way that is not sustainable.

The Telegraph  wrote that NHS Providers has called for a cash injection to get the health service out of “the red zone” - warning it was heading back to the poor performance of the 90s

The Guardian writes that Chris warned finances were already so tight, and the service under so much pressure, that it could no longer meet its obligations to provide timely care, such as treating A&E patients within four hours and performing non-urgent operations in hospital within 18 weeks.

The I newspaper reported that the NHS is experiencing “the worst of times” as sustained financial pressures leave it permanently in “the red zone”.  

The Daily Mail covered the claim that the UK would need to invest an extra £900 per patient to match the healthcare spending in Germany.

The speech was also covered locally by local print titles.

Read the full speech on our website.

Key note address from Simon Stevens

On day two, Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, delivered his key note address to NHSP17.

The BBC covered his call for the health service to get the cash boost it was promised during the EU referendum.

The I newspaper led with his warning that more than five million people will soon be on NHS waiting lists unless the health service receives urgent funding.

Alongside this, the Health Foundation, The King's Fund and the Nuffield Trust - carried out a joint analysis of NHS finances in England and argued that the NHS requires an increase of at least £4 billion in funding over the next two years to avoid patient care from deteriorating. This joint analysis was published alongside our own budget demands.

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt argued that £300m could be saved from the NHS's £30bn supplies bill if every organisation paid the lowest price for items. He also outlined plans to publish a draft workforce strategy in time for the 70th anniversary of the health service.

In response to the speech by Simon Stevens, Saffron Cordery was interviewed by BBC News at Ten and BBC Radio 5 Live Drive, while head of analysis, Phillippa Hentsch undertook media interviews with the BBC News Channel, LBC and TalkRadio.


News 07 Nov

#NHSP17 day one round up

We take a look back at the plenary sessions and report launches from day one of our annual conference

Day one of our annual conference and exhibition has now come to a close – below is a round-up of the day’s activities. 

Chris Hopson's conference speech

In his speech earlier this morning, chief executive Chris Hopson spoke about leadership and how we should lead the NHS in this increasingly difficult context. You can view his full speech online, an interview with HSJ and a storify summary of his session.

Day one plenary summaries

Jim Mackey reflected on his time as chief executive of NHS Improvement and shared his thoughts on where the provider sector is heading. Take a look at our storify round up.

Our afternoon panel focused on STPs and gathered perspectives from local leaders including Dr Graham Jackson, co-chair of the NHSCC; Sarah Dugan, chief executive of Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust; and Nick Hulme, chief executive of Colchester University NHS Foundation Trust. Read our storify summary.

Journalists and commentators from The Times, the Guardian, ITV News and HSJ explored how pressure on services affects the reputation of the NHS, sharing experiences of reporting from the frontline. View our summary from storify here.

Launch of major new workforce report

Earlier today, we launched a major new report, There for us: a better future for the NHS workforce. Our report provides a comprehensive overview of where the workforce challenges are greatest, how these have developed, and what needs to be done to address them. The report is available online, along with a number of supporting resources

Improving the lives of junior doctors

Our joint report developed with NHS Improvement and the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management identified eight high-impact actions to improve the working conditions of junior doctors. You can view the report on our website.

Joint guide on accountable care with Hempsons

We also launched a joint guide with Hempsons, our event partner, which identifies seven key steps STPs and their partner organisations should consider to support the evolution to accountable care. The report is available to download online.

What does pressure mean to you?

We spoke to delegates to gather their thoughts on what pressure means to them. Take a look at our video snapshot from day one.

Day two highlights

Our plenary speakers include Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for health; Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England; Claire Murdoch, national mental health director of NHS England; and Professor Sidney Dekker, international safety expert from Griffith University.

We have a range of strand sessions focusing on themes of money, quality and workforce.

In the exhibition we have a number of suppliers looking to support you to deliver high-quality care for patients. And our provider showcase enables trusts to share examples of their innovative work – do take a look if you can.

To stay up-to-date, download our app and follow our #NHSP17 hashtag. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

News 08 Nov

#NHSP17 day two round up

We take a look back at the plenary sessions from day two of our annual conference.

Day one of our annual conference and exhibition has now come to a close – below is a round-up of the day’s activities. 

Day two plenary summaries

We opened day two with Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for health, who outlined plans for a new national workforce strategy to be published next year. Read our storify summary.

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, called for additional funding in the upcoming Budget, warning that hospital waiting lists could grow by a quarter to five million by 2021. Take a look our storify summary and our response to both speeches.

Other plenary speeches

We welcomed Claire Murdoch, national mental health director at NHS England who delivered a keynote speech on her ambitions for mental health and the Five-year-forward-view, joined by Dr Paul Lelliott, deputy chief inspector of hospitals (mental health) at the Care Quality Commission; and Melanie Walker, chief executive of Devon Partnership NHS Trust. Read our storify summary here.

Our conference came to a close with Professor Sidney Dekker, international safety expert at Griffith University who shared thoughts on just culture and the pathway to greater trust in your organisation. View our storify summary here.

Our budget asks

In our budget submission and blog, we urge the chancellor to seize the opportunity to help the health service escape from an impossible trap, as it struggles to meet soaring demand in the midst of an unprecedented financial squeeze.

2018 dates

We’re pleased to announce that our 2018 annual conference will take place on 9 – 10 October in Manchester. Do block out your diaries for next year and look out for further details soon.

Venue and accommodation

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

Manchester Central
Windmill Street
Manchester M2 3GX

Reservation Highway negotiate specially discounted rates for our conference delegates. Details will be published shortly.

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 team or complete the contact form below.