Annual Conference and Exhibition

8 - 9 October 2019, Manchester Central

why attend annual conference?

The annual conference and exhibition is a unique experience where over 700 ambitious health professionals can learn, discover, celebrate and shape the future together. 95% of delegates rated last year's annual conference as excellent.

This year's dynamic programme will explore the key issues that matter to you - giving you the opportunity to debate, discuss and share ideas with expert speakers from within the healthcare sector and beyond. We are pleased to confirm our chair for the conference - Martha Kearney, broadcast journalist and Radio 4's Today Programme presenter.

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conference theme

This year's annual conference programme focuses on 'ambition to reality' – exploring how providers are embracing new opportunities with a realistic eye on the need to recover performance, stabilise the sector’s finances and invest to transform.

Our breakout sessions will cover three strands: 

Ambitious for Quality
Focusing on sustainable quality improvement journeys and how organisations can embed improvement to effect real and lasting change in the care of patients and service users.

Ambitious for Workforce
Beyond the long term plan: looking at practical, innovative and long term solutions to workforce challenges.

Ambitious for Systems
Exploring how autonomous multi-sector organisations can work together across systems to improve how care is delivered, centered around patients and service users.

Book your place

Annual conference and exhibition 2019 will take place on 8-9 October in Manchester. Group discount tickets are available - book three places and get the forth place free! The free place applies to the lowest rate purchased and does not apply to day delegates. Please book delegate places at the same time.

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Half price places for future leaders

We’re offering all members two half price tickets* to our annual conference and exhibition for those looking to develop their career in health. That’s a saving of over £200. Find out more in the terms and conditions below.

Delegate rates

NHS Providers members

Ticket type Cost (exc. VAT)
Early bird (ending 5 April)
Save £50
£400
Standard (after 5 April) £450
Day  £310

Non members (NHS and charity)

Ticket type Cost (exc. VAT)
Early bird (ending 5 April)
Save £50
£610
Standard £660
Day £470

Commercial organisation

Ticket type Cost (exc VAT)
Early bird (ending 5 April)
Save £50
£880
Standard £930
Day £700

Conference dinner

NHS Providers member £60
Non member and commercial £75

Development places

Half price tickets to annual conference for future health leaders 

We are offering each member two half price tickets* to our annual conference and exhibition for those looking to develop their career in health. That’s a saving of over £200.

The offer is open to anyone 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 amongst senior health professionals. 

To find out how to book your place email events@nhsproviders.org

Terms and conditions

Discounts and payments

  • Group discount applies to two day conference places only and not dinner places. The free place applies to the lowest rate purchased and does not apply to day delegates.
  • * Development places are only open to NHS Providers members (below board level). Each member will be entitled to two full day tickets at half price. The development places offer applies to two day tickets only and does not apply to dinner or day tickets. Both places must be booked at the same time to qualify for the discount.
  • 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 8 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: events@nhsproviders.org
  • 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 will 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 events@nhsproviders.org

 

Programme

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. We are delighted to announce that our chair for the day is Martha Kearney, broadcast journalist and BBC Radio 4 presenter. Follow @NHSProviders and #NHSP19 to be the first to hear about speaker updates.


09.00

Registration, refreshments and exhibition

10.00

Welcome and introduction

10.10

Plenary

Opening address

Location: Exchange auditorium 

The provider sector faces major challenges and opportunities as we enter the next phase in the NHS' development. Chief Executive Chris Hopson opens the conference with his assessment of the state of the sector and the actions that are needed to put trusts on a more sustainable path.

10.45

Plenary

Leading and embedding a compassionate, inclusive and collaborative culture

Location: Exchange auditorium 

Exploring the vital role that an engaging, inclusive culture and strong leadership play in the success of organisations.

11.40

Exhibition, refreshments and networking

12.20

Breakout sessions – choose one

Hardwiring quality improvement into your trust's culture

What steps should trust boards take to hardwire quality improvement into their organisational culture? What investments in infrastructure, staff capability and culture are required? This session will explore what strategic, organisational approaches to quality improvement look like in practice, with examples from trusts that have made quality improvement part of their organisation’s DNA. It will explore the evidence on building improvement capability and describe steps of the improvement journey that trusts must go on to put in place an organisation-wide approach.  

Moving in the right direction: the journey from 'requires improvement' to 'good'

The challenges facing trusts rated by the CQC as requiring improvement are often complex and long-standing, demanding the board and staff to achieve significant improvements right across the organisation. During this session delegates will hear from several trusts who have recently achieved ‘good’ CQC ratings having previously been rated as ‘requires improvement’. They will discuss their improvement strategies and approaches including shaping the trust’s strategic aims, strengthening governance frameworks, supporting improved relationships with staff and local stakeholders, and introducing innovative changes to service delivery.

Session to be announced



More information to come.

 

 

13.20

Exhibition viewing, lunch and networking

14.20

Breakout sessions 2 – choose one

Inclusive leadership: how can providers promote and support diversity in NHS boards?

Creating an inclusive and diverse workforce is proven to improve organisational culture, improve staff retention and be better for patients. An inclusive culture must be set by the leaders of the organisation but what exactly can providers do to help foster inclusive and diverse NHS boards. In this session experts will discuss the practical and pragmatic steps boards can take to improve the diversity of the workforce and in particular, how to support the future pipeline of inclusive NHS leaders. 

Innovate to change - examining impactful short-term workforce solutions

While the attention of national policy makers is set towards a long-term vision to fill the 100,000+ vacancies throughout the NHS, it is clear that success in the short-term will be harder to come by. This session will offer an insight into how NHS trusts could look to approach staffing issues in the next five years by showcasing proven methods which have addressed workforce challenges in the short-term. Our three speakers – from within and outside the NHS – will discuss their experience of radically improving staff engagement and morale; collaborating with local partner organisations to enhance employment offers and successful recruitment from outside the UK.

Kark and beyond: the challenges of being an NHS Director


More information to follow.

15.20

Exhibition, refreshments and networking

16.00

Plenary

In conversation with NHS England’s Chief Executive

Location: Exchange auditorium 


16.45

Plenary

Transforming patient care and experience through digital transformation

Location: Exchange auditorium 
Exploring how the NHS can maximise the latest digital technology to positively benefit patients and staff.

17.35

Closing remarks

17.45

Drinks reception

Drinks reception served from the NHS Providers stand

Opened by Dame Gill Morgan, NHS Providers chair, and John Rostill, The Retirement Fellowship chief executive. 

18.45

Conference day 1 close

19.00

Conference dinner with after dinner speaker

Speaker: Alastair Campbell

Location: Midland Hotel

Alastair Campbell is a writer, communicator and strategist best known for his role as former British prime minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. Still active in politics and campaigns in Britain and overseas, he now splits his time between writing, speaking, charities and consultancy.

He has recently written a personal memoir on depression and the pursuit of happiness and will speak candidly about his mental health struggles, reflecting on how important it is to talk about and why people are scared to discuss mental health at work. He will also share anecdotes from his time at the centre of British politics as well as his insight into the state of politics today.


07.30

Registration and exhibition viewing

08.00

Breakfast sessions

New strategies for improving sickness and stability rates

This session will focus on new and innovative strategies for improving sickness and stability rates within NHS organisations. These strategies will support the key pillars of the new People Plan introduced by Dido Harding.

09.15

Welcome address from the chair

09.20

Plenary

Keynote address from the secretary of state for health and social care

Location: Exchange auditorium 

10.00

Plenary

Playing a critical role in prevention and early intervention

Location: Exchange auditorium
Exploring how providers will contribute to the NHS long term plan’s ambition to deliver successful early intervention and save 500,000 lives over the next ten years.

10.55

Exhibition, refreshments and networking

11.35

Breakout sessions – choose one

An ideal world: thinking big about collaboration with primary care

As the health service increasingly focuses on integration between services at a local level to join up and improve patients’ care, the provider sector is looking to primary care as an important partner in system working. The long term plan for the NHS looks to a future world where primary care, community services and other  secondary care services  work together seamlessly to deliver joined up care. But where are we now in collaborating with primary care, and what would ideal partnerships look like? In this interactive workshop, attendees will discuss these questions and rethink a vision for how the NHS can achieve its ambition of joined up working.

Two sides of the system coin: accountability and autonomy

The NHS long term plan and subsequent proposals to change existing NHS legislation have raised questions about the autonomy of individual providers and lines of accountability to the public and to regulators. As we move towards STP/ICS partnership boards, system-wide goals and performance measures, how will these changes affect the autonomy and responsibilities of providers? This session will focus on these questions and more, against the evolving backdrop of system working and changes to the NHS architecture.

Managing finances in a world of system working

In the new world of system work, providers, commissioners and other local organisations need to take collective responsibility for the use of financial resources. They will need to work together to ensure finances are aligned with system operating plans, which will also include workforce and activity assumptions. Organisations will need to focus on 'open book' working and look to achieve delivery against system control totals. In this session, the panel will reflect on the realities of trying to manage finances within systems, including challenges, perverse incentives and barriers to change.

12.35

Exhibition viewing, lunch and networking

13.35

Plenary

Gill's reflections of her time as chair of NHS Providers

Location: Exchange auditorium

Dame Gill Morgan reflects on her time as chair of NHS Providers.

14.20

Closing remarks

14.30

Conference close

Exhibition roundtables

The exhibition is a presentation of companies that offer services, solutions, technology platforms and create environments that will transform your business culture and employee wellbeing. The roundtable discussions in the exhibition are designed to help you interact, discuss and work towards solutions to a particular problem.

To find out more about holding an exhibition roundtable or to see our full list of supporter opportunities download the supporter opportunities brochure or email Roberta Henry or call 020 7227 1164.

Event partners

Newton
 

Stand number:

Using an evidence-based approach, Newton build a detailed picture of what’s happening in an organisation, then work alongside frontline teams to design and implement lasting change – delivering better finances and improved outcomes. They believe so strongly in this approach, they guarantee 100% of their fee against delivering sustainable results.

Newton
2 Kingston Business Park, Kingston Bagpuize, Abingdon OX13 5FE
01865 601300
info@newtoneurope.com
www.newtoneurope.com

Hempsons
 

Stand number:

Hempsons are leading health and social care lawyers. They are a full-service law firm for the NHS and advise on a range of strategic and operational issues. Currently Hempsons are working with clients on integrated care, collaborations, sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs), service reconfigurations, workforce planning and estates and infrastructure project.

Adrian Parker, Hempsons
The Exchange, Station Parade, Harrogate HG1 1DY
01423 724029
a.parker@hempsons.co.uk
www.hempsons.co.uk

Media partner

HSJ
 

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.

Website: www.hsj.co.uk
Twitter: @HSJnews

Exhibitors

British Red Cross
 

British Red Cross

Stand 9

A national organisation supporting local communities providing over 150 health and social care projects. Supporting more than 150,000 people to live independently across the UK the British Red Cross is well placed to bring insight and practical support to people who currently fall in the gap between home and hospital.

Contact:
Colin Brown - UK director, independent living and crisis response, The British Red Cross
44 Moorfields, London, EC2Y 9AL
Tel: 07595 411 529
colinbrown@redcross.org.uk
www.redcross.org.uk
@ColinBrown1871

Defence Medical Services
 

Defence Medical Services

Stand 28

Defence Medical Services provide medical care to sick and injured military personnel and others in a range of uniquely challenging operational and training environments around the world. Medical reservists have access to a wide range of funded military and clinical training opportunities which benefit both them and their employer.

Contact:
Lt Col Peter Eslea MacDonald, Defence Medical Services
SO1 FR20 Joint Medical Group, Building 105, Forthside, Stirling FK7 7RR
Tel: 030 6770 8163
peter.eslea-macdonald610@mod.gov.uk
https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/defence-medical-services
@defence_medical

The Finegreen Group
 

The Finegreen Group

Stand 6

The Finegreen Group is a values-driven and award winning recruitment and development consultancy - delivering innovative recruitment and development solutions to a wide variety of public and private healthcare sector clients.

Predominantly focused on senior management, executive and board level appointments, Finegreen's consultants operate across specialist professional fields. Our development and consultancy division was launched in 2016 to demonstrate our commitment to raising leadership and governance standards throughout the healthcare sector.

Contact:
Neil Fineberg, The Finegreen Group
Suite 3, First Floor, Building 3, Universal Square, Manchester M12 6JH
Tel: 0345 130 4006
neil.fineberg@finegreen.co.uk
www.finegreen.co.uk
@finegreen_

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
 

Stand 5b

The Guardian
 

Stand 16

Guardian Jobs works with some of the biggest names in healthcare. From world leading healthcare organisations, NHS trusts, to local practices, they understand the needs of the health sector. Visit their stand to find out how they can tell your story.

Contact:
Steven Norris, The Guardian
Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU
Tel: 020 3353 2085
sales@theguardian.com
www.theguardian.com/jobs

Health Education England
 

Stand 25

Health Education England (HEE) exists for one reason only: to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place.

Contact:
Health Education England
1st floor, Blenheim House, Duncombe Street, Leeds, LS1 4PL
events@hee.nhs.uk
www.hee.nhs.uk
@NHS_HealthEdEng

IBM Watson Health
 

Stand 5a



Contact:

Locum's Nest
 

Stand 12

Locum's Nest is the staff bank management web and mobile app that connects healthcare professionals to temporary work in NHS organisations. Cutting out the inefficient, ineffective and expensive agency middleman has proven to reduce its partners' agency spend by millions each year.

Contact:
Nicholas Andreou, Locum's Nest
First Floor, 12 Hammersmith Grove, London W6 7AP
Tel: 07596 106 403
hello@locumsnest.co.uk
www.locumsnest.co.uk

NHS Providers
 
Salary Finance
 

Stand 12

Salary Finance exists to help NHS employees improve their personal finances, so they can focus on what really matters - patients. Their free, award-winning employee financial wellbeing platform helps NHS staff pay off debts faster and at lower cost, provides valuable financial education and makes it easy for NHS staff to start saving regularly.

 

Contact:
Dimitar Iliev, Salary Finance
One Hammersmith Broadway, London W6 9DL
Tel: 07812 060083
dimitar.iliev@salaryfinance.com
www.SalaryFinance.com
@salaryfin

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.

Conference dinner

The conference dinner on Tuesday 8 October is the perfect chance to share ideas and best practice with your peers and hear from our after dinner speaker. To join us please add this to your booking.

Networking drinks reception

Our hosted networking is specifically aimed at helping you to make the connections you need. Unwind after the first day of conference and share experiences with your peers.

You can also network with fellow delegates before and during the conference by joining in with the conversation on twitter using #NHSP19.

Provider showcase

The Provider showcase is an area in the annual conference exhibition where we shine a light on the innovative and pioneering work of our members, recognising their successful contribution to healthcare. The showcase inspires delegates and allows trusts to share good practice with senior leaders from across the provider sector. 

This year’s theme focuses on 'ambition to reality' – exploring how providers are embracing new opportunities. 

Applications are now closed and currently being assessed by an esteemed judging panel including sector leaders, health specialists and industry experts. Read the blog from Anne Forbes to find out how showcasing at annual conference benefited Devon Partnership NHS Trust last year.

What previous delegates thought

“A good opportunity to hear from key players who are shaping health and social care and provided a chance for networking with other trusts.”
Chief Executive, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

“I have been to many conferences over the years and this is amongst the best I have been to. Great event.”
Chair, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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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Venue and accommodation

Our annual conference and exhibition takes place on 8-9 October 2019 at Manchester Central at the exchange side of the building.

Venue address

Manchester Central - Exchange side
Windmill Street
Manchester M2 3GX

Accommodation
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 Monday 9 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 tickets.

Chairs and speakers

Chris Hopson
Chris Hopson

Chief Executive

NHS Providers

 
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.
Dame Gill Morgan
Dame Gill Morgan

Chair

NHS Providers

 
Gill joined NHS Providers as chair at the beginning of 2014. Her career in healthcare began as a doctor working in hospitals, general practice and public health before moving into management. Her previous roles include permanent secretary of the Welsh Assembly government, chief executive of the NHS Confederation and chief executive of North and East Devon Health Authority.

Gill is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty of Public Health and is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. While working in healthcare, she served on a large number of national committees and working groups. She has an honorary Doctorate of Science from City University and is a past president of the International Hospital Federation. She is a trustee of the Lloyds Bank Foundation and is a patron of the Infection Prevention Society.

Gill was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in June 2004.
Martha Kearney
Martha Kearney

Broadcaster and journalist

 
Martha Kearney is a presenter on BBC Radio 4's Today programme and has developed a reputation as one of the BBC's most respected political journalists. Before joining the Today programme, she hosted The World At One (BBC Radio 4) for eleven years. She has been political editor of Newsnight and presented Radio 4’s Woman's Hour for nearly a decade. Martha has won the Sony Radio Bronze Award and been nominated for a BAFTA for her coverage of Northern Ireland peace process.
Ian Trenholm
Ian Trenholm

Chief Executive

Care Quality Commission

 
Ian began his career as an Inspector in the Royal Hong Kong Police Service. He then served with the Surrey Police for four years before moving to the commercial sector. He became chief executive of NHS Blood and Transplant from 2014 until he joined the CQC in 2018. Prior to that he was chief operating officer at the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), a role which included being the Department’s Digital Leader. Ian’s other roles have included Chief Executive of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Strategic Director for Resources at Buckinghamshire County Council.
Baroness Dido Harding
Baroness Dido Harding

Chair

NHS Improvement

 
Dido is a non-executive director on The Court of The Bank of England and chair of the Bank's Remuneration Committee. She was chief executive of TalkTalk Telecom Group from 2010 to May 2017. Prior to TalkTalk, Dido was Sainsbury's convenience director, having been appointed to Sainsbury's operating board in March 2008. Dido joined Sainsbury's from Tesco where she held a variety of senior roles both in the UK and international businesses.

Prior to this, she worked at Kingfisher and Thomas Cook where she gained considerable retail experience. She has also served on the boards of The British Land Company and Cheltenham Racecourse. She is a trustee of Doteveryone and a member of the UK National Holocaust Foundation Board.

In August 2014 Dido was offered a peerage and sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative peer. She was appointed to the Economic Affairs Committee of the Lords in July 2017.
Sir David Behan
Sir David Behan

Chair

Health Education England

 
David began his career as a qualified social worker before becoming director of social services in three local authorities and president of the Association of Directors of Social Services. In 2003 he was the first chief inspector of the Commission for Social Care Inspection. He was appointed to the Department of Health in 2006 as the director general for social care, Local Government and Care Partnerships working on personalised care, carers learning and disability policy, mental health policy, the reform of social care funding and legislation. In 2012 he became chief executive of the Care Quality Commission where he has led a team to conduct a fundamental review of the quality and safety regulation of health and care in England. In 2017 he was awarded a knighthood for services to health and care. He was appointed as Chair of Health Education England in December 2018.
Prerana Issar
Prerana Issar

Chief People Officer for the NHS

NHS England and NHS Improvement

 
Before joining the NHS Prerana was director for public-private partnerships at the United Nations and prior to that she was the Chief Human Resources Officer for the World Food Programme where she led the development of the United Nation's first strategic human capital approach, as well as the reform of many key policies. Before the United Nations, Prerana worked for over 15 years at Unilever Plc, starting with them in India and then for several years was in global roles at Unilever's headquarters in London. Her last role in Unilever was vice-president HR for the Global Foods business.
Simon Stevens
Simon Stevens

Chief executive

NHS England

 
Simon Stevens is chief executive of NHS England, which leads the NHS' work nationally to improve health and ensure high quality care for all. As the NHS accounting officer he is also accountable to Parliament for over £100bn of annual health service funding. Simon joined the NHS through its Graduate Training Scheme in 1988. As a frontline NHS manager he subsequently led acute hospitals, mental health and community services, primary care and health commissioning. He also served seven years as the prime minister's health adviser at 10 Downing Street, and as policy adviser to successive health secretaries at the Department of Health.
Matthew Gould
Matthew Gould

Chief Executive

NHSX

 
Matthew is the chief executive for NHSX, a joint unit between the Department for Health and Social Care and NHS England, set up to ensure that staff and patients have the technology they need.

Matthew was the government’s director general for digital and media policy for 3 years, until May 2019. Before that he was british ambassador to Israel, where he set up the UK-Israel Tech Hub, and the UK government’s director of cyber security. As well as Israel, he has completed postings in Tehran, Islamabad, Washington and Manila.
Dr Ben Goldacre
Dr Ben Goldacre

Director

Evidence-Based Medicine DataLab, University of Oxford

 
Ben Goldacre is a doctor, researcher, and best-selling author. His books, including Bad Science, have sold over 700,000 copies in more than 30 countries. He runs the DataLab at the University of Oxford, building tools and services from large health datasets; and advises government on the better use of data and evidence.
Matt Hancock
Matt Hancock

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

 
Matt Hancock MP was appointed secretary of state for health and social care on 9 July 2018. He was secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport in 2018. He was previously minister of state for digital from July 2016 to January 2018.

Matt Hancock is the MP for West Suffolk, having been elected in the 2010 general election. From 2010 Matt served as a backbencher on the public accounts committee and the standards and privileges committee. Matt entered government in September 2012 and has served in a number of Ministerial Roles, including for skills and business, and as paymaster general. He oversaw the expansion of apprenticeships, and championed the digital transformation of government.

Before entering politics, Matt worked for his family business, as an economist at the Bank of England, and as chief of staff to the shadow chancellor of the exchequer.
Sue Baker OBE
Sue Baker OBE

Global Director

Time to Change

 
Sue has worked to de-stigmatise mental health for almost 25 years in the UK, New Zealand, and now globally. She set up the Time to Change campaign in England in 2007 that has led to a "sea change" in public attitudes in England and reductions in discrimination. She advises Governments and NGOs on social change programmes aimed at improving public attitudes, reducing discrimination and empowering people to lead change, and now leads a new global anti-stigma programme working with NGOs and people with lived experience in Africa and India. She was awarded an OBE for services to mental health in 2016.
Isabel Hardman
Isabel Hardman

Assistant Editor

The Spectator

 
Isabel is assistant editor of the Spectator and presenter of Radio 4’s The Week in Westminster. She regularly writes political columns for a number of other publications, including The Times, Sunday Times, Observer, Sun, Evening Standard, and the Independent. Isabel’s first book, Why We Get the Wrong Politicians, was longlisted for the 2019 Orwell Prize, shortlisted for Waterstones’ 2018 Book of the Year, and won Book of the Year by a non-parliamentarian at the Parliamentary Book Awards.
Beverley Bryant
Beverley Bryant

Chief Operating Officer

System C & Graphnet Care Alliance

 
Beverley was previously director of digital technology at NHS England, where she led on a number of national initiatives including Tech Funds and Patient Online in the post NPfIT era. She led the creation of NHS Choices in 2007 and has held senior roles in the NHS and Department of Health. Beverley is also Founding Ambassador of One HealthTech, and a member of the techUK Health and Social Care Council.
Alastair Campbell
Alastair Campbell

Writer, Communicator and Strategist

 
Alastair Campbell is a writer, communicator and strategist best known for his role as former British prime minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. Still active in politics and campaigns in Britain and overseas, he now splits his time between writing, speaking, charities and consultancy.

He has written fourteen books in the past ten years, including a Number 1 best-selling analysis of what it takes to win in politics, business and sport. He has also been chairman of fund-raising of Bloodwise, Britain’s main blood cancer charity, but in recent years has become increasingly involved with mental health charities and causes, speaking about his own experience of depression, psychosis and addiction, and of his brother Donald’s lifelong struggle with schizophrenia.

A former ‘Mind Champion of the Year’, he is an ambassador for the Time to Change campaign, ambassador for Alcohol Concern, patron of Maytree, the country’s only charity for the suicidal, and of Kidstime, which supports the children of mentally ill parents. He co-founded the all-party campaign, Equality4MentalHealth, which was credited in Parliament by then Chancellor George Osborne with securing an extra £600million for mental health services. He is an active supporter of the Heads Together campaign and in November 2017 Campbell was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of his leadership role in breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness, and in fighting for better services.
Dr Trisha Bain
Dr Trisha Bain

Chief Quality Officer

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

 
Trisha has more than 20 years’ experience in quality improvement, patient safety and implementing system wide improvement programmes within the NHS healthcare services. Most recently Trisha was the chief quality officer at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, and prior to that her career has also included roles with both the former Commission for Healthcare Improvement and the National Patient Safety Agency.

As chief quality officer, Trisha is accountable for public and patient involvement and learning, safeguarding, health and safety, clinical governance, serious incidents, liaison with Clinical Quality Commission, patient experiences and complaints, mental health, end of life care, frequent callers, nursing and risk management.
Dr Francesca Cleugh
Dr Francesca Cleugh

Head of Specialty Paediatric Emergency Medicine and Associate Medical Director, Quality Improvement

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

 
Francesca leads an improvement programme to create a culture of continuous improvement across the organisation. She enjoys complementing her passion for clinical work with that for research, leadership development and education. She remains curious about the way our health system works and strives to work with others to innovate improvements. She is a fervent champion of collaborating with patients and citizens to strive to co-produce services that keep safe quality patient care at their core. With continuing pressures on emergency departments across the UK, Francesca works at a local, regional and national level in being proactive to responding to these through various initiatives.
Dame Jackie Daniel
Dame Jackie Daniel

Chief Executive

Newcastle-upon-Tyne NHS Foundation Trust

 
Dame Jackie began her NHS professional career as a nurse before moving into NHS management and has been a Chief Executive Officer for the last 17 years leading acute, mental health and a specialist Trust and was recognised in the 2017 Queen’s New Year’s Honours for her services to health care. She has a degree in nursing, a masters in quality assurance in health and social care and is a qualified business and personal coach. She is an executive in residence at Lancaster University Management School, an avid commentator on the NHS and a strong advocate of developing diverse leadership and supporting women in leadership roles.
Sarah Evans (invited)
Sarah Evans (invited)

Deputy Head of Communications

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

 
Bio to follow
David Fillingham
David Fillingham

Senior Affiliate

AQuA

 
David Fillingham is an AQuA Affiliate, undertakes consultancy to support transformation and improvement, and holds a number of non- executive positions in the NHS. He is a qualified and experienced coach and facilitator.

David was appointed as the first chief executive of AQuA in April 2010 and served in that position until 2019. He is also a non-executive director and deputy chair at Aintree Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and chair of both the Healthier Wigan Partnership and the Trafford Local Care Alliance.

In his consultancy and his work with AQuA David focuses on developing Improvement Leaders, working with boards, and nurturing system leadership skills across whole communities.
Dame Marianne Griffiths
Dame Marianne Griffiths

Chief Executive

Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals & Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust

 
At the beginning of her career, Marianne trained as a nurse, before reading psychology at the University of Exeter, and completing chartered accountancy examinations with KPMG. Marianne is now celebrating her 11th year as chief executive of Western Sussex Hospitals having led the trust from its creation. Within four years the organisation was awarded foundation trust status. In 2016, it became the first multi-site trust to be rated outstanding by Care Quality Commission (CQC) and that same year Marianne was named chief executive of the year at the HSJ awards. In December 2018, she was made a Dame for services to the NHS.

In 2017, Marianne also became chief executive of neighbouring Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust when she entered into a three year joint management contract to lead the teaching hospital and regional trauma centre. In 2019, the trust was awarded a 'Good' rating by CQC.
Donna Lamb
Donna Lamb

Director of Nursing and Non-medical Professionals

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust

 
Donna is a senior nurse with over 30 years of experience, 20 of which are community based. Her area of clinical expertise is in health visiting where she worked in specialist projects supporting vulnerable families including homeless asylum seekers and refugees. As well as her professional qualifications, Donna has a master’s degree in health services management and is a Florence Nightingale scholar. She worked with the Nursing and Midwifery Council for five years, sitting on Fitness to Practice panels.
Siobhan Moran
Siobhan Moran

Director of Quality Improvement

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

 
Bio to follow
Will Warburton
Will Warburton

Director of Improvement

The Health Foundation

 
Will is responsible for the Foundation’s work on quality improvement, including the Q Community, THIS Institute and the Flow Coaching Academy. A Generation Q fellow in leadership and quality improvement, he is co-author of The Improvement Journey and The Spread Challenge. Will was previously Forum Director for the World Innovation Summit for Health, Operational Director at the Centre for Health Policy at Imperial College, and an operational manager in the NHS.
Saffron Cordery
Saffron Cordery

Deputy Chief Executive

NHS Providers

 
Saffron is NHS Providers deputy chief executive, part of the senior management team and sits on our board. She has extensive experience in policy development, influencing and communications and has worked in the healthcare sector since 2007. Before moving into healthcare, Saffron was head of public affairs at the Local Government Association, the voice of local councils in England. Her early career focused on influencing EU legislation and policy development, and she started working life in adult and community education.

She has a degree in Modern Languages from the University in Manchester, for ten years was a board member and then chair of a 16–19 college in Hampshire and is a trustee of GambleAware, a leading charity committed to minimising gambling-related harm.
Simon Fanshawe OBE
Simon Fanshawe OBE

Founder

Stonewall

 
Simon Fanshawe OBE is a co-founder of Diversity by Design (DbD) and author of the report Diversity – the new prescription for the NHS. Recent clients cover the public, private and third sectors. DbD is currently running a trial of Recruiting for Difference (RfD) with 20 NHS Trusts to present to NHS England and NHS Improvement in the autumn and partnering with Nottingham University Faculty of Engineering on an EPSRC funded project on diversity in engineering (HE and private sector). He has served on many Boards of public and private companies and was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to Higher Education and made an Honorary Doctor of the University of Sussex for services to diversity and human rights.
Stacy Johnson MBE
Stacy Johnson MBE

Associate Professor

University of Nottingham

 
Bio to follow
Martyn Dicker
Martyn Dicker

Director of People

Unicef UK

 
Martyn is an award-winning people director, with considerable experience within the not-for-profit sector. He has held people director posts at a number of leading, large-scale charities including Unicef UK, The Prince's Trust, Children's Investment Fund Foundation and the Fairtrade Foundation. He has also held senior people posts at British Red Cross. Martyn is on the taskforce of Engage for Success and the chair of the not-for-profit sector group. He is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. He was included in the 2018 HR Magazine most influential HR practitioners list, as well as featuring in the not-for-profit sector most influential list for each of the last four years.
Beverley Murphy
Beverley Murphy

Nursing Director

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

 
Bio to follow
Andrew Davidson
Andrew Davidson

Partner and Head of Employment North

Hempsons

 
Helen Buckingham
Helen Buckingham

Senior Fellow

Nuffield Trust

 
A finance professional by background, Helen’s past roles include director of strategy and organisational development in a mental health trust; PCT chief executive; chief of staff at Monitor; and more recently director of corporate affairs at NHS Improvement.

Helen has particular interests in the development and implementation of strategies leading to clear delivery of outcomes. She also focuses on the development of effective partnerships within organisations and across systems, and also between public sector bodies and the populations they serve.
Jonathan Higman
Jonathan Higman

Chief Executive

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

 
Jonathan Higman joined the board of Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in January 2009 and became chief executive in March 2018. During this time he has held a number of director level posts, including director of strategic development and director of operations at the trust.

Jonathan has over 20 years' experience working across the NHS in the south west and south east of England. He is passionate about the benefits integrated care models and finding new solutions to long standing problems.
Vincent Sai
Vincent Sai

Chief Executive

Modality Partnership

 
Bio to follow
Sultan Mahmud (invited)
Sultan Mahmud (invited)

Integration Director

Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust

 
Bio to follow
Andrew Ridley
Andrew Ridley

Chief executive

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

 
Prior to becoming chief executive of Central London Community Healthcare Trust, Andrew was regional director for NHS England. While previously working as managing director for North East London Commissioning Support Unit, he was seconded to programme director for the Better Care Fund, which focused on developing local areas for integrating care. He held a variety of senior positions in NHS Tower Hamlets CCG, including director of primary care.
Julie Wood
Julie Wood

Chief Executive

NHS Clinical Commissioners

 
Julie is the chief executive of NHS Clinical Commissioners, the membership organisation for clinical commissioning groups. Her NHS career spans 30 years, focused on service development and innovation in primary care and commissioning, with the last 16 years at director or chief executive levels within health authorities and primary care trusts.
Dom Hardy
Dom Hardy

Director of Primary Care and System Transformation

NHS Improvement

 
Previously Dominic was director of commissioning operations and regional assurance and delivery director for the NHS’s Wessex region, he also worked in the South of England and South Central SHA. Before moving to the NHS, he held various posts in central government including Department of Health project director for Lord Darzi’s NHS Next Stage Review, principal private secretary to two health secretaries and policy advisor to Tony Blair. He now leads the development of integrated care systems across the country, built on a strong foundation of primary care.
Sarah Dugan
Sarah Dugan

Chief Executive

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

 
Sarah is the chief executive of Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and the chief executive lead for the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP). Sarah is a registered general nurse, registered sick children's nurse and health visitor and has a masters degree in health and social care management. She has held a wide range of senior positions within provider and commissioning organisations and has a particular interest in partnership working, integration and the development of positive learning cultures.
Cllr Richard Kemp CBE
Cllr Richard Kemp CBE

Deputy Chair

Local Government Association

 
Cllr Richard Kemp CBE has been a member of Liverpool City Council for 37 years having held major portfolios in both control and opposition. He is currently the Leader of the opposition and of the Liberal Democrats. He is the deputy chair of the Community Wellbeing Board of the Local Government Association (LGA) which supports the work of Councils in England in their work on public health and health and social care. He was the vice chair for 9 years and leader of the Liberal Democrats at the LGA and the UK representative on the World LGA.

He is the chair of World Merit, a global charity based in Liverpool, which works with 120,000 young people in 130 Countries helping them with activities based on the United Nation's in their own communities.
Rob Whiteman
Rob Whiteman

Chief Executive

Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

 
Bio to follow
Mel Pickup
Mel Pickup

Chief Executive

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

 
Mel was appointed as chief executive of Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2011, having previously served as chief executive at The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust.

Mel is currently chair of the north-west’s regional emerging leaders group and she oversees the NHS graduate management training scheme across the north-west. She is also the lead for the Cheshire and Merseyside sustainability and transformation plan.
Dhiren Master
Dhiren Master

Global Insight Director

Salary Finance

 
Bio to follow

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