Five unmissable speakers at NHS Providers' Annual Conference and Exhibition 2020

With more than 50 speakers and an estimated 800+ senior health professionals due to attend this year’s annual conference an exhibition, it promises to be one of the biggest and best ever.

Taking place virtually on 6, 7 and 8 October, the event guarantees to be another exciting and thought-provoking conference and with more choice than ever before, it can be hard to know which sessions to go to. So here are a few of the speakers I’m most looking forward to hearing from.

Don’t forget to check out the Annual Conference and Exhibition 2020 website to view the full programme.


Dr Navina Evans, chief executive, Health Education England

As we head towards implementation of the NHS long term plan and with the need for effective digital products and services to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, digital transformation is high on the agenda.

In her new role as chief executive of Health Education England, Dr Navina Evans will speak about transforming services and the consequences of new ways of working, drawing on examples from two NHS trusts. She’ll also explore how trust leaders can build strong digital leadership within their organisations.

If you want to know how the NHS can harness the lessons learnt from using technology to positively benefit patients and staff during COVID-19, Navina’s session will be well worth attending.


Amanda Pritchard, chief operating officer, NHS England and NHS Improvement, chief executive, NHS Improvement

Back in March, Sir Simon Stevens and Amanda Pritchard wrote a letter outlining actions to be put in place by every part of the NHS in order to re-direct staff and resources.

As the NHS recovers from the first wave of coronavirus cases and gets ready for winter, Amanda will lead our plenary session on day two to reflect on how best trusts can move forward.

Make sure you catch this session and don’t forget to submit your questions using the Q&A feature during the event.


Prerana Issar, chief people officer for the NHS, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Prerana will join a panel to explore how leaders can work to embed a culture of compassion, inclusion and collaboration, to help meet the challenges faced by the health service.  

Drawing on her experience beyond the NHS, Prerana will point to the common features of good leadership, and how these impact on the delivery of care.


Dr Sean Weaver, deputy medical director, Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

The challenges facing trusts during the pandemic were often complex as they sought to reduce the risks of hospital transmission of the virus to staff and patients.

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) were commissioned by many NHS national bodies during the pandemic to carry out safety investigations. These reviews included the Nightingale hospitals, hospital oxygen supply issues, set-up and running of the fixed and mobile COVID-19 testing sites and producing intelligence reports on safety risks identified during this period. Their session will touch on some of the lessons from their work in this area.

Dr Shaun Weaver from HSIB will outline some of the findings of their investigations, outlining how they might support the NHS’ preparation for managing any resurgence of COVID-19 during winter.


Laura Semple, assistant director – Improvement Programmes, The Health Foundation

Laura will join Dr Tom Downes from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Karen Partington, chief executive of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as they talk about The Flow Coaching Academy network.

They will outline how the academy can support the development of people by building capacity and skills, as well as a culture of positive improvement and collaboration.

Tom and Karen, who have taken part in the academy themselves, will share the impact the programme has had on them, their teams and their organisations more broadly.

And more…

There are plenty more excellent sessions at Annual conference and exhibition 2020, including speakers from Care Quality Commission, Locum’s Nest, Wagestream, Medtronics, Earnd, Healthwatch England, and many more.

View the full programme now


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