Local growth and innovation webinars

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The local growth agenda is rapidly changing the external context in which public services in England operate. 
Emerging economic geographies, new forms of democracy and the localisation of fiscal policy, amongst other changes, reflect a much greater focus on empowered local strategic economic decision-making. 

We believe there is a need for NHS leadership teams to understand this changing context and what it means for their institution and area, and how to best influence developments as they progress. 

That's why our Local Growth webinar series will look specifically at the innovation landscape, which forms a critical part of place-based economic planning, and will look to inform, share best practice and offer insights into future development. We're working in conjunction on the series with the Smart Specialisation Hub, an independent body that works with 38 Local Enterprise partnerships (LEPs) in England.

The webinars are held on a monthly basis at NHS Confederation offices in London and will be especially useful for NHS leaders involved in innovation and transformation.

Register to attend upcoming webinars or catch up with the live recordings from past webinars below.

October 2017

Local Growth and Innovation – bringing together the pieces – this webinar provides a brief background to the local growth agenda in England from an innovation perspective and the many strands of policy and funding that are intertwined. 

Speakers: Michael Wood (NHS Confederation) and Andrew Basu-McGowan (Smart Specialisation Hub)

Download the slides from the webinar here.

November 2017

Science and Innovation Audits (SIAs) webinar – several SIAs have now been completed or have been launched, with wave 3 imminent. There is still a lack of real awareness across the NHS as to the background to SIAs, the next steps in this process, the true value of SIAs to local economic planning and the geographies involved.

Speakers: Dr Nick Scott-Ram, Director of Commercial Development, Oxford AHSN and Michael Wood (NHS Confederation) and Andrew Basu-McGowan (Smart Specialisation Hub)

Download the slides from the webinar here.

December 2017 

Local Growth and innovation: The Industrial Strategy webinar – this webinar looks at the innovation opportunities that have arisen from the white paper and need for local organisations to press ahead with local partnerships.

Speakers: Michael Wood (NHS Confederation) and Andrew Basu-McGowan (Smart Specialisation Hub).

Download the slides from the webinar here.


20 March 2018, 12.30pm

Innovation and changing local government – with the local growth agenda leading to a range of new local partnerships across England there is no one clear and consistent model of governance for a place. Who is making decisions locally on innovation priorities and how they relate to economic growth and public service reform? The new Mayors? LEPs? Combined Authorities? How should the NHS be positioning itself in such a complex landscape?

April 2018 (date TBC)

The new UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) – from April 2018, UKRI will be established as a single, strategic body that will bring together the 7 research councils, Innovate UK and the research funding from Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). With a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UKRI will be a major voice for UK research and innovation in the UK and globally. What do NHS organisations need to know about this new and important body?

May 2018 (date TBC)

The Future of Devolved Funding – questions remain about some of the core local growth funding that organisations have accessed. Does the Local Growth Fund have a future, and if so what should that future be? What do we know about the planned Shared Productivity Fund that will replace the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF)? Who will lead on this important work?

Please contact Michael.wood@nhsconfed.org for more information on the local growth webinars.

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