Engaging with political parties

NHS Providers is a politically neutral organisation, and we work with the parties from across the political spectrum. We attend the main party conferences to discuss key policy issues with party members and leaders. We also work with other stakeholder organisations to host fringe events and roundtables at the party conferences in order to generate debate and contribute to the development of party policy.

NHS Providers at 2017 party conferences 

NHS Providers attended the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat party conferences and held a series of roundtables and meetings to represent members’ views, continue our dialogue with each party and to explore how the NHS can respond to challenges faced across the system.

Participants were supported in their discussion by our event briefing, NHS workforce challenges and solutions, and our NHS facts and figures infographic.

Our briefing on the 2017 party conferences sets out the key announcements made by the parties and the main discussion points from our events.


Valuing the NHS workforce.

Our roundtables at Labour and Conservative party conferences focused on how we recognise the value of the NHS workforce and proactively address the challenges it faces over the course of the new parliament.

Shadow secretary of State for Health, Jonathan Ashworth MP spoke at our Labour party conference roundtable, which was chaired by Denis Campbell, health policy editor for the Guardian and the Observer.

Minister of State for Health, Philip Dunne MP, spke at our Conservative party conference roundtable, which was chaired by Chris Smyth, Health Editor of The Times.


CAMHS and the mental health workforce

In partnership with the The Royal College of Psychiatrists, our roundtable at Liberal Democrat party conference looked at child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and the mental health workforce.


Roundtables took place at the following dates and times:


For further information please contact alex.richardson@nhsproviders.org 


About our partner:

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional medical body responsible for supporting psychiatrists throughout their careers, from training through to retirement, and in setting and raising standards of psychiatry in the United Kingdom.




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