How we’re putting your voice at the heart of British politics


A comprehensive programme of activity at the Labour and Conservative Party conferences will see NHS Confederation members’ views and experiences placed at the heart of British politics. 

Delivered alongside the Mental Health Network, the programme will see senior parliamentarians and health and social care leaders debate some of the most pressing challenges facing health and care services. 

Panel sessions on transformation and new models of care will draw the whole system together for a solutions-focused discussion on next steps. 
And a joint NHS Partners Network fringe event with think tank Localis will tackle the question on everyone’s lips: Will the NHS ever have enough money? An esteemed panel – featuring Confed chief executive, Niall Dickson; NHSPN chief executive, David Hare and Times columnist, Phil Collins – will offer their reflections on the million dollar question. Health minister Philip Dunne has also been invited to join the session, taking place at the Conservative Party conference. 

A series of dinners and breakfasts at both Labour and Conservative conferences will provide further opportunities to bring decision-makers together as health and care services brace for a challenging winter and years ahead. 

Parliamentarians have ‘part to play’

With a hung parliament and several new MPs, the NHS Confederation will be launching a briefing for parliamentarians distilling the main challenges facing members and potential ways forward. 

Due to be published in advance of the Labour Party conference (which starts on 24 September), the briefing will provide policymakers with a sound understanding of the pressures facing Confed members and the part they can play to effect change.  

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