NHS Communicate Conference 2021

15 September - online

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The NHS has just been through the most challenging period of its 70-year history and it will soon be led by a new chief executive forging a new direction of travel. It’s time to celebrate the successes and learn the lessons of the recent past. It’s time to rethink the way we do NHS communications.

The NHS Communicate 2021 conference is an opportunity for senior communicators across the NHS to come together, share their experiences and debate the future direction of NHS communication and engagement.

Delivered in partnership by NHS Providers, NHS Confederation and the Centre for Health Communications Research (CHCR), we’ll bring you the very latest insight and debate to help you look ahead with confidence and drive innovation to deliver tactical and strategic impact in health communications.

Why attend?

This September, our virtual event will offer some much-needed perspective on what the future holds for you, your team and your organisation following the impact of the pandemic.

We’ll gather senior-level, communications professionals in the health sector to debate mission critical issues with top speakers and invaluable networking. Engage, connect and empower your communications team through the next year with our carefully considered range of topics.

Be inspired by top speakers from inside and outside the sector as they rethink and update their communications strategies to help you prepare for the new realities of system working in a post-pandemic world.

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Who attends?

The NHS Communicate conference provides a great opportunity to catch up and exchange ideas with peers from across the sector. It's designed for senior level communications professionals from:

  • NHS trusts and foundation trusts
  • clinical commissioning groups
  • integrated care systems
  • primary care networks and primary care federations
  • national bodies.



The agenda is designed to give you a new perspective on the environment we’re working in, the tools to create compelling communications and the flexibility to adapt quickly to future challenges.

Key sessions will include behaviour change, health inequalities, engagement and consultation, the language of health and communication in the new health and care landscape. Throughout the conference we will be learning the lessons from COVID and showcasing new research.

The one-day, online conference will be hosted by Victoria McDonald, the Health and Social Care Editor at Channel Four News and key speakers will be confirmed in the coming weeks. 

The conference will be hosted by Victoria McDonald, health and social care editor, Channel Four News. Key themes will include:

  • Establishing professional communications as a valued, strategic function across the NHS.
  • The relationship between local, regional and national NHS communicators.
  • Communicating in the new health and care landscape of systems, places and neighbourhoods.
  • The role of communicators in addressing health inequalities.
  • Developing a more diverse NHS communications workforce.
  • The national NHS reputation as we emerge from the pandemic.
  • The language of health and care service change.
  • Communication staff wellbeing.

Stayed tuned for more announcements by following us on Twitter @NHSCommunicateevent #NHSCommunicate


Early bird tickets are now available - save £11 when you book by Friday 25 June. The conference fee covers our costs of running the event.

The virtual ticket includes full access to the online event platform on the day and to session recordings for 30 days after the event for you to digest at your leisure should you miss anything on the day.

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Ticket prices

Early bird (by Friday 25 June) £39
Standard ticket  £50

NHS Communicate awards

We are also running the NHS Communicate Awards in partnership with NHS Confederation and in association with the Centre for Health Communications Research (CHCR).

Designed to recognise the achievements of communicators across the NHS and celebrate innovation in the sector, these brand new awards celebrate teams and individuals who have delivered highly effective communications, to support delivery at a local, regional and national level.

There are 10 categories you can enter so there's something for everyone! Why not enter more than one? The shortlisted entries will be announced at the end of July and invited to join our glittering awards ceremony on 16 September.


Visit the awards website

Contact us

For more information on the event or awards contact adam.brimelow@nhsproviders.org, daniel.reynolds@nhsconfed.org