The Provider Podcast

In our podcast we aim to take you to the part of the NHS you may not always hear. From NHS senior leaders to frontline hospital staff, we want to show you what trusts up and down the country are working hard around the clock to achieve. Whether you're looking for methods of best practice, to learn more about how the NHS works, to be inspired by fellow NHS colleagues, or to perhaps understand the political landscape better, we are here to help support and deliver the provider perspective in the NHS. Subscribe to our podcast below to keep updated. If you're looking to get in touch regarding the podcast, please contact us here

 

 

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Ep 39 - Providers Deliver: Tackling the care backlog


In this episode we kick-start our brand new Providers Deliver series, focusing on setting the scene for the episodes ahead and providing background and context to the range of care backlogs that the NHS is currently facing.

We hear from Anna Quigley, Ipsos research director, as she shares her latest insights on the impact of the pandemic on levels of public support for the NHS, and the extent to which those perceptions are being affected by care backlogs and treatment delays. Dr Bola Owolabi, NHS England and NHS Improvement director of health inequalities, joins us to reflect on the way the pandemic has exacerbated health inequalities and the importance of the NHS recovering services in an inclusive way. Dr Owolabi also shares what NHS England and NHS Improvement are doing in response to the latest insights trust leaders have shared about additional practical support they would welcome to recover services inclusively. 

We also hear from Miriam Deakin, NHS Providers director of policy and strategy, and Ella Fuller, NHS Providers policy advisor. They explain between them the depth and breadth of care backlogs across the NHS and the impact of these on patients, their families and carers, NHS staff, and the wider system.

Released: 19 May 2022

 

 

 


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Providers Deliver 

39 - Providers Deliver: Tackling the care backlog

In this episode we kick-start our brand new Providers Deliver series, focusing on setting the scene for the episodes ahead and providing background and context to the range of care backlogs that the NHS is currently facing.

We hear from Anna Quigley, Ipsos research director, as she shares her latest insights on the impact of the pandemic on levels of public support for the NHS, and the extent to which those perceptions are being affected by care backlogs and treatment delays. Dr Bola Owolabi, NHS England and NHS Improvement director of health inequalities, joins us to reflect on the way the pandemic has exacerbated health inequalities and the importance of the NHS recovering services in an inclusive way. Dr Owolabi also shares what NHS England and NHS Improvement are doing in response to the latest insights trust leaders have shared about additional practical support they would welcome to recover services inclusively.

We also hear from Miriam Deakin, NHS Providers director of policy and strategy, and Ella Fuller, NHS Providers policy advisor. They explain between them the depth and breadth of care backlogs across the NHS and the impact of these on patients, their families and carers, NHS staff, and the wider system.

Released: 19 May 2022

Season six 

27 - NHS Communicators: Stepping it up

After a short break over the summer The Provider Podcast is back!

In this episode Adam Brimelow speaks with Daniel Reynolds, NHS Confederation director of communications, and Carrie-Ann Wade, director of communications at North East London NHS Foundation Trust, on the importance of the role of communications in the NHS, how to support your comms colleagues, how COVID-19 has impacted the communications sector and all you need to know about our upcoming NHS Communicate Conference and Awards.

Recorded: 06 September 2021
Released: 09 September 2021

28 - NHS Funding: Who, what, where, when?

In this episode you'll hear Chris Hopson, NHS Providers chief executive, and Miriam Deakin, NHS Providers director of policy and strategy, join Adam Brimelow to discuss exactly this, as they update you on recent funding announcements, who they apply to, where the new funding can be used, what to expect in the upcoming spending review and what NHS Providers have been working toward. We also discuss the financial implications from COVID-19 and the potential hardships of winter 2021. 

Recorded: 06 October 2021
Released: 07 October 2021

29 - Race Equality in the NHS: On the frontline

October is Black History Month, a rich part of our history and something we should recognise all year round.

This episode covers how inclusion and diversity are being implemented and supported throughout our trusts as Saffron Cordery, NHS Providers deputy chief executive, Ifti Majid, chief executive at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and Steve McManus, chief Executive of Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, discuss the actions board members are taking to promote racial equality and be actively inclusive through their conversations and actions as leaders.

Recorded: 20 October 2021
Released: 21 October 2021

30 - NHS Providers: Coming Together

In this episode Adam Brimelow speaks with Saffron Cordery, NHS Providers deputy chief executive, on the latest funding announcements in the NHS, including capital investment and concerns surrounding NHS workforce education and training. And the latest on our upcoming Annual Conference #NHSP21, following our recent announcement to turn the event virtual rather than face-to-face. The theme of the conference is 'Together', Saffron explains how this theme is still relevant to us all even in a virtual format.

You can find out more about our conference programme, including our speakers such as Amanda Pritchard, NHS England chief executive, and MP Sajid Javid, secretary of state for health and social care, which is open to everyone, and book your FREE place online at nhsproviders.org/annualconference.

Recorded: 02 November 2021
Released: 04 November 2021

31 - NHS Providers: Annual Conference 2021

Who said what, and when? In this episode of The Provider Podcast, Adam Brimelow revisits some of the key moments from NHS Providers' annual conference 2021. Including HSJ deputy editor Dave West, and NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson, we listen back to what was said by Amanda Pritchard, NHS England chief executive, Sajid Javid, secretary of state for health and social care, Anita Charlesworth, director of research and the REAL Centre at the Health Foundation, and Saffron Cordery NHS Providers deputy chief executive. 

If you'd like to watch the sessions back in full from the NHS Providers annual conference #NHSP21, you can visit the programme at nhsproviders.org/annualconference where you will find the available session recordings. 


Conference recordings: 16-17 November
Recorded with Dave West: 18 November
Recorded with Chris Hopson: 23 November 
Released: Thursday 25 November 

32 - Annual Conference 2021: Amanda Pritchard keynote

In this episode Adam Brimelow introduces Amanda Pritchard's keynote speech from our virtual annual conference which we held earlier this month. She reflects on the past 18 months in the NHS and outlines her priorities as chief executive of NHS England, including responding to winter pressures, continuing to support the COVID-19 vaccine programme, recovery from non-COVID services and transforming the NHS, particularly in areas of partnerships, workforce and digital transformation.

 

Our annual conference programme which we moved online due to current pressures on the NHS has been extended and will now run until the end of January 2022.
Our Delivering with Partner sessions are being delivered as individual lunchtime webinars across December 2021 and January 2022, and you can see the programme for these here. Our breakout sessions will also be taking place as lunchtime webinars in January 2022 and you can see details of these here.

You will need to register your place for each session you’d like to attend. Book your places here.

Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to be the first to hear updates on upcoming sessions!​

Released: 2 December

33 - NHS Pressures: Omicron and Boosters

In this episode, Adam Brimelow invites Chris Hopson, NHS Providers chief executive, and Saffron Cordery, deputy chief executive, to share the latest on the Omicron variant, recent government announcements surrounding booster vaccinations and the impact these are having on the health and care sector.

Recorded: 15 December 2021
Released: 16 December 2021

34 - Winter Watch: Omicron and Winter Pressures


In this episode, 
Adam Brimelow invites Chris Hopson, NHS Providers chief executive, Saffron Cordery, deputy chief executive and Luís Costa da Silva, Senior Research Analyst, to assess the impact of Omicron and the latest statistics indicating how the NHS is handling winter pressures, released 13 January 2022.

 

Recorded: 14 January 2022
Released: 18 January 2022

35 - A healthcare insight: Mandatory vaccines and ICSs.

In this episode Adam Brimelow is joined by NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson to discuss the recent change of approach to mandatory vaccinations and Senior Policy Manager Georgia Butterworth who gives an insight to how trusts are preparing for system working and what NHS Providers are doing to support integrated care boards as the date for statutory integrated care systems is on the horizon.

36 - Climate change: a public health emergency

In this episode, Adam Brimelow discusses the 'living with COVID' plan with NHS Providers deputy chief executive Saffron Cordery. He is also joined by specialist advisor Toby Lewis, Luke O’Shea (University College London Hospital) and Natalie Davies (Kent Community Health trust) to discuss our climate change report, Climate Change is a Public Emergency. Toby discusses the context for our new report and the challenges ahead, while Luke and Natalie give examples from their respective trusts on their sustainability journey and explain how they are attempting to create a greener NHS.

Recorded: 21 February 2022
Released: 25 February 2022

37 - Race equality: Becoming actively anti-racist

This episode focuses on the critical subject of race equality. Coinciding with the launch of our new report, Race 2.0 - Time for real change, Adam Brimelow speaks with chief executive Chris Hopson, who shares his journey on how to be actively anti-racist. Deputy chief executive Saffron Cordery discusses the anti-racism statement we are producing as well as what actions we are taking, while associate director of programmes Jenny Reindorp discusses the findings from Race 2.0 - Time for real change. We’re also joined by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust non-executive director Sim Scavazza, to discuss how the NHS (and NHS Providers as an organisation) needs to do more and the challenges we must tackle personally and professionally.

Recorded: 3 March 2022
Released: 10 March 2022

38 - NHS staff survey results: the bigger picture

In this episode, Adam Brimelow sits down with Chris Hopson to discuss the final Ockenden review. NHS Providers senior policy manager Finn O'Dwyer-Cunliffe and policy advisor Sarah White also join Adam to discuss the findings from last week's NHS staff survey results which highlights the harsh reality of those on the frontline over the past two years. 

 

Recorded with Finn O'Dwyer-Cunliffe and Sarah White: 1 April 2022
Recorded with Chris Hopson: 4 April 2022
Released: 7 April 2022

Season five 

 

 

22 - Digital Boards: Lessons from other sectors

This episode is the first in our Digital Boards series, linking into our Digital Boards programme, we speak to three non-executive directors who share the lessons they've learnt from other sectors for digital transformation which can help shape the NHS' digital journey. 

This recording was taken from a live virtual Digital Boards event earlier in 2021, and is chaired by Chris Fleming, Public Digital founder. 

Hear from non executive directors Sumit Biswas, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Pankaj Davé, University hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust, and Lynne Mellor, York teaching hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


Recorded: 22 February 2021
Released: 29 April 2021

23 - Digital Boards: Lessons from clinical leadership

In this episode of our Digital Boards season, Saffron Cordery speaks with chief clinical information officers, Ayesha Rahim, Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, and Annalise McNair, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, as they discuss the importance of their roles and the role of the clinician in digital transformation. Hear as they cover how their role is fundamental in digital progress, how trust boards can ensure clinicians are part of the process, and the questions boards should be asking. 

Recorded: 13 April 2021
Released:6 May 2021

24 - Digital Boards: Lessons from diverse leadership

In this episode of our Digital Boards season, Saffron Cordery speaks with Shera Chok, The Shuri Network co-founder and chair, NHS Digital deputy chief medical officer and NHS England and NHS Improvement national clinical advisor, Patricia Miller OBE, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust chief executive and board director for the NHS Race and Health Observatory, and Andy Callow group chief digital information officer at Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust  and Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust.

They discuss why representation matters in digital and across wider services, what practical steps boards should be taking to improve diversity, the importance of inclusivity in the recruitment process, how the diversity of the workforce and wider communities is not represented adequately in its leadership and how this can negatively impact digital products and services which are shaped through a biased 'single lens'.

Recorded: 26 April 2021
Released: 13 May 2021

25 - Digital Boards: Lessons from technology suppliers

In this episode of our Digital Boards season, Saffron Cordery speaks with UK based technology suppliers about the relationship between digital teams in the NHS and technology, and how to journey along that collaborative relationship. This episode welcomes Andreas Haimboeck-Tichy, IBM director, Health and Social Care Council at Tech UK chair, and Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust non executive director, Shane Tickell, TempleBlack chief executive and founder and Health and Social Care Council at Tech UK vice chair, and Dr Nicholas Andreou, Locums Nest co-founder.

Recorded: 10 May 2021
Released: 20 May 2021

26 - Digital Boards: Lessons from national leaders

In this episode of our Digital Boards season, Saffron Cordery speaks with national NHS leaders Dr Navina Evans, Health Education England chief executive, and Sonia Patel, NHSX chief information officer, about digital acceleration, tackling health inequalities in digital, what trust boards should prioritise to progress their digital maturity and how trusts can support their workforce during digital transformation.

This is our final episode in our Digital Boards season.

Recorded: 19 April 2021
Released: 27 May 2021

Season four 

 

 

18 - COVID-19 One Year On: Reporting the pandemic

Our brand new season COVID-19 One Year On of The Provider Podcast starts with an exclusive episode with leading health journalists Hugh Pym from the BBC, Kat Lay from The Times, and Denis Campbell from The Guardian, on their experiences of reporting the pandemic, and the challenges they have faced in telling its true story.

Recorded: 19 March 2021
Released: 25 March 2021

19 - COVID-19 One Year On: The NHS Workforce

In this episode we talk about the impact of workforce vacancies in the NHS, the issues surrounding the 1% pay rise and whether COVID-19 vaccinations should be mandatory for NHS staff and health care workers.

Hear from Siobhan Melia, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust chief executive, Richard Mitchell, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chief executive, and Saffron Cordery, NHS Providers deputy chief executive.

Recorded: 24 March 2021
Released: 8 April 2021

20 - COVID-19 One Year On: Beyond the Pandemic

In this episode we talk about the importance of mental health support for NHS staff, the role of the NHS in addressing health inequalities, the neglect of social care and how the NHS will need to adapt for the future, including addressing waiting lists for cancer treatments.

Hear from Professor Stephen Powis, NHS national medical director, Patricia Miller Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust chief executive, Sam Allen Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust chief executive, and Chris Hopson NHS Providers chief executive.

Recorded: 29 March, 2021
Released: 15 April, 2021

21 - COVID-19 One Year On: Questions with Jeremy Hunt

In this episode we speak to MP Jeremy Hunt, former health secretary and current chair of the health and social care select committee, on his perspective of the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns around the initial response, issues on workforce and social care, and the government's legislative plans for the health service. Chris Hopson, NHS Providers chief executive, also joins Adam Brimelow in the conversation surrounding Jeremy Hunt's experience and role as the pandemic takes this next phase.

Recorded: 19 April, 2021
Released: 22 April, 2021

Season three

 

 

12 - Winter Watch: Breaking the ice

Adam Brimelow, NHS Providers director of communications, leads us through alongside our #NHSWinterWatch campaign, for winter 2020/21. Throughout this series we'll be talking to experts in the NHS, including leaders from Care Quality Commission, about what winter holds for the NHS.

In this live virtual episode, we have a quick chat with experts from our very own NHS Providers analysis team, Claire Helm NHS Providers senior analysis manager and Julian Russell NHS Providers senior research analyst, about what trusts can expect over the coming winter months, the impact of COVID-19, and statistics from our first week of #NHSWinterWatch.

Released: 17 December 2020

13 - Winter Watch: The Perfect Storm

In this episode, Adam Brimelow, NHS providers director of communications, speaks to Chris Hopson, NHS Providers chief executive, on the current situation in the NHS, the impact of misinformation and COVID-19 denial, and whether the vaccine really is a way out of lockdown.

Recorded 12 January 2021
Released: 14 January 2021

14 - Winter Watch: Immense Pressure

In this episode, Adam Brimelow, NHS providers director of communications, speaks to Care Quality Commission colleagues Heidi Smoult, deputy chief inspector for hospitals, and Debbie Ivanova, deputy chief inspector for adult social care, about the concerns surrounding winter inspections, infection prevention and control, and their clinician support tool Patient FIRST.

Released: 28 January 2021
Recorded: 21 January 2021

15 - Winter Watch: Balancing Act

In this episode, we have a quick chat with experts from our very own NHS Providers analysis team, Claire Helm NHS Providers senior analysis manager and Julian Russell senior research analyst, about the developments in COVID-19 pressures, the impact of infection prevention measures, and what NHS trusts can expect in the coming months.

Released: 11 February 2021
Recorded: 5 February 2021

16 - Winter Watch: Questions with Amanda Pritchard

In this episode, Adam Brimelow and Chris Hopson speak with Amanda Pritchard, NHS England and NHS Improvement chief operating officer, on the past year, the legacy the NHS will hold, and her own personal message to health care workers.

Recorded 22 February 2021
Released: 25 February 2021

17 - Winter Watch: The Impact

In our final episode for our NHS Winter Watch series we talk to our in-house analysis experts, Claire Helm and Julian Russell, as we decipher the impact that COVID-19 has had on the NHS over the winter months. We discuss the scale of comparison from previous winters, review critical care, and reflect on the great work of trusts leading us into the future.

Recorded: 5 March 2021
Released: 11 March 2021

Season two 

 

 

07 - Continuing the conversation: Diversity in the NHS
The NHS is the largest employer of black and minority ethnic people, yet research shows the NHS treat black and minority ethnic staff less favourably in their recruitment, promotion, discipline, and career progression. The COVID-19 pandemic and the events following the death of George Floyd have shone a light on how much more need to be done to tackle discrimination. Part of a series of NHS Providers’ work on tackling race inequality, this panel discussion looked at whether enough has been done to continue the conversation about race, and the steps that boards can take to improve the diversity of the workforce and how to support a more inclusive future pipeline of NHS leaders. On this panel, we welcomed our conference chair Samira Ahmed well known for her work in TV broadcasting and journalism, Patricia Miller who is chief executive at Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and Roger Kline a research fellow at Middlesex University. Released: 15 October 2020
08 - NHS Communicators: In the eye of the storm
In this episode, we'll be sharing the panel discussion from our session on NHS communications. The pandemic has presented extraordinary challenges for people working in trust communications. Many have found themselves working under incredible pressure and facing sever scrutiny. In this session, we reflected on some of those high-profile situations and the key role communications has in shaping and delivering a response. On this panel, Ross Wigham who is both deputy director of communications at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation trust and our communication leads network chair, is chairing the session. Our panel speakers are: Michael Carden, head of media and corporate communications at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, Emma Casteleijn, director of communications and engagement at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Julie Treharne, head of communications and engagement at North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust and Dan Charlton, director of communications at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Released: 22 October 2020
09 - Changing mindsets: Confronting white privilege in the NHS
In this episode we look back on our session focusing on confronting white privilege in the NHS. Racism exists in the NHS, as in wider society. Change will need to be led from the top. In this discussion we explored how trust leaders are challenging themselves and their organisations to identify and tackle race inequality, reflecting on the real harm it causes to staff and patients, and identifying the steps needed to make the NHS anti-racist. The discussion is chaired by Raj Jain, chief executive at Salford Royal Foundation Trust and Pennine Acute Hospital Trust with speakers: Richard Mitchell, chief executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Roisin Fallon Williams, chief executive of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust  and Patricia Miller, chief executive at Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust. Released: 29 October 2020
10 - Digital Boards: What does a new era of digital leadership mean?
In this episode, we'll be sharing the panel discussion from our session on digital transformation in the NHS. The NHS' response to COVID-19 accelerated digital transformation across health and care. Since then trust boards have placed digital at the heart of the restoration and recovery of services. In this session, Public Digital, who we work closely with to produce our Digital Boards programme, sit beside leaders from Health Education England and NHSX along with two trusts, about the consequences of these new ways of working, and how trust leaders can build strong digital leadership within their organisations. Saffron Cordery, deputy chief executive at NHS Providers chairs the panel, with speakers: Dr Navina Evans, chief executive at Health Education England, Andrew Greenway, Partner of Public Digital, Sam Allen, chief executive at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Chrishni Waring, Chair of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Released: 5 November 2020
11 - Mental Health: The impact of COVID-19
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted not just physical health but also the mental health of the nation. This discussion from our Annual Conference on 8 October looks at the impact of coronavirus and the wider socio-economic consequences of the UK’s response to the pandemic on mental health and wellbeing, the likely shape of demand for mental health services in the coming months and what the sector needs to be able to meet it.  Chairing this session is Samira Ahmed, Journalist and Broadcaster, with panelists Professor Sir Simon Wessley, King’s College London regius professor of psychiatry, Angela Hillary, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust  chief executive, and Mark Brown, Social Spider development director. Released: 12 November 2020

Season one

 

 

01 - NHS Providers: NHS Interim People Plan
21 August, 2019 Following the publication of the interim NHS People Plan, NHS Providers chief executive Chris Hopson speaks to NHS Improvement chair Dido Harding and Health Education England chair Sir David Behan about why the interim plan is a significant moment and offers a good start to addressing workforce challenges in the NHS.
02 - Care Quality Commission: Effective staffing
2 September, 2019 Workforce pressures remain the number one concern for NHS trust leaders. Given these challenges, it is important that trusts are able to use the staff available to greatest effect. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a briefing with case studies offering examples of good practice. In this podcast Chris Hopson, NHS Providers’ chief executive, discusses these issues with the CQC’s chief inspector of hospitals, Prof Ted Baker.
03 - CIPFA Speaks!

22 February, 2019 Feature episode: The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy have released their new podcast CIPFA speaks - in their first episode they speak to David Williams, NHS Providers senior policy advisor (finances).

Listen here or on their soundcloud at: https://soundcloud.com/user-781258869/cipfa-speaks-episode-1  

04 - General election 2019: social care
5 December, 2019 Adam Brimelow, NHS Providers director of communications, speaks to Miriam Deakin, NHS Providers director of policy and strategy, on why social care is such a crucial issue for the NHS.
05 - Demonstrating your worth: how communications can get you to the top
24 January, 2020 Adam Brimelow sits down with Kevin McNamara, Great Western Hospitals acting chief executive, and Caroline Docking, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals assistant chief executive, to discuss their journeys from communication lead to chief executive.
06 - Mental health: Past, present and future
17 February, 2020 Saffron Cordery, NHS Providers deputy chief executive, speaks to Melanie Walker, our chair of the mental health network and chief executive at Devon Partnership NHS Trust, to discuss what the key opportunities and challenges are for the sector this year and beyond.

 

 

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