Communications Conference 2018

When: 12 / 6 / 2018 10am - 12 / 6 / 2018 5pm

When: 12 / 6 / 2018 10am - 12 / 6 / 2018 5pm
Where: Manchester Central
Address: Windmill St
M2 3GX
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Join us in Manchester on Tuesday 12 June 2018 for our annual Communications Conference for NHS communication professionals and practitioners.

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About the conference

The Communications Conference provides an excellent opportunity for NHS communication professionals and practitioners to hear about innovative and practical tools and techniques which can be applied locally to tackle everyday communications challenges in the NHS.

Our theme this year is Future-proofing communications in the modern NHS and we’ll be inviting experts from across the public and private sector to deliver plenary sessions, participate in panel discussions and lead masterclasses on topics including handling communications in a crisis, cyber-attacks, the power of a good campaign, and tackling GDPR in the 70th year of the NHS.

The Communications Conference 2018 is in its second year and begins a week of activity for NHS Confederation’s flagship annual conference and exhibition, Confed18.

Our host this year is Helen Reynolds, director of Social for the People, an organisation with a mission to help communicators be on the ball, strive to improve their skills and strengthen their ethics.

Registration is at 9.30 am and the event will run from 10am to 5pm. A drinks reception will be held after the event.


Our confirmed speakers include:

  • Helen Reynolds, director, Social for the People, @HelReynolds   
  • Kate Dale, campaign lead, This Girl Can, @kate_dale   
  • Dan Slee, co-creator, Comms 2point0, @danslee
  • Antony Tiernan, director of engagement and communications NHS70, NHS England @AntonyTiernan
  • Ceri Rose, assistant director - marketing and digital, NHS Blood and Transplant @Ceri_Rose
  • Capsticks, national specialists in healthcare employment work @CapsticksLLP
  • Christine Townsend, CEO, MusterPoint @christinetwnsnd
  • Ranjeet Singh Kaile, director of Communications and stakeholder engagement, South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust @Ranjeet_Kaile
  • Rachel Royall, director of communications, NHS Digital @RachRoyall.

Who should attend?

Communications professionals and practitioners working at all levels in the NHS.

Why you should attend

  • To keep your organisation at the top of its communications game   
  • To take away innovative and practical tools and techniques to tackle everyday comms challenges   
  • To refresh your crisis comms strategy and be prepared in the event of modern day threats, such as cybercrime.

Take a look at the below short video from last year's conference to hear delegates sharing their thoughts on the day, including Simon Enright , director of communications at NHS England talking about the importance of such events. 

CPD points

Our conference is CPD accredited and is eligible for up to 5 CPD points. Please register your interest and we will send you your certificate after the event.


Prices have been held at the same level as last year's conference. Join us for this full interactive day for only:

  • £149 + VAT (members of the NHS Confederation)
  • £199 + VAT (non-members)

Sponsorship, exhibition and commercial packages

The conference will also include a dedicated exhibition featuring relevant exhibitors.

If you would like to take an exhibition stand, sponsorship package or any other commercial involvement with the event please email Michael Shaw, senior business development officer, or call 0113 306 3132.


How to book

Book your place using our online form.

Follow #CommsConf18 on Twitter to receive event and speaker updates.

Keep up to date on all the latest campaign and communications news with our monthly NHS Communications Bulletin.


12 / 6 / 2018 10am - 12 / 6 / 2018 5pm
Where: Manchester Central
Windmill St
M2 3GX
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