Party conferences 2018

Westminster

Our senior team will be attending the two main political conferences to represent, voice and share the experiences and concerns of health and care leaders across the country.

Here’s a rundown of our activity at both conferences.

Labour Party conference

Does the Labour Party need another Nye Bevan moment to plug the funding gap in the NHS? | 10am, 24 September
Following the publication of our report into the long-term funding needs of the service over the next ten to 15 years, this panel will provide a platform to discuss how factors including demographic changes, shifting care demands and alternative revenue streams might affect the NHS and social care.

Importantly, this panel will bring together experts from across the sector to discuss how the Prime Minister’s NHS funding announcement should and could be spent to transform services, return to the constitutional standards and create a new vision which puts public health and primary and community care at the heart of prevention.

Moreover, although public polling typically shows that voters strongly associate the Labour Party as being ‘the party of the NHS’, we will ask the question “Does the Labour Party need another Nye Bevan leadership moment to plug the funding gap in the NHS?”

NHS Confederation chief executive Niall Dickson will chair the panel, bringing together parliamentarians, policy experts and stakeholders from across the sector to determine what action can be taken to address funding shortages.

Panel:

  • Jon Ashworth MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health
  • Paul Johnson, Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Christine McAnea, Assistant General Secretary and Head of Health UNISON
  • Mike Thompson, Chief Executive, Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Julie Wood, Chief Executive, NHS Clinical Commissioners

Join the debate: book your free place.

Developing the NHS workforce of the future | 12pm, 24 September
This session will focus on emerging and future workforce challenges. The panel will seek to address why issues including recruitment, retention and career progression are hampering efforts to fill rotas and what trusts can do to improve staff experience at work.

Initiatives including the creation of a nursing associate role, the lifting of the pay cap and incentives to work in more rural areas have been developed as a fix to workforce shortages, but have they gone far enough? As media reports of staff leaving the service appear with increasing frequency, we hope to cut through the sound bites to determine whether we really are facing a workforce crisis, and if so, what can be done about it?

Panel:

  • Chair: Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive, NHS Employers

  • Sheena Cumiskey, Chief Executive, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

  • Dame Professor Donna Kinnair, Acting Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing
  • Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and Economics, Health Foundation
  • Dr Paul Williams MP and Member of the Health and Social Care Select Committee

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What can local government do to improve mental health in local communities? | 3pm, 24 September
The session will focus on the role local government plays in preventing mental ill health and promoting public mental health. The panellists will explore issues of local government funding, planning, collaboration and integration of services; the challenges facing people will mental ill health in local communities (such as loneliness, employment, participation in community activities); and discuss the various features of local communities that fall within the auspices of local government which can contribute to the mental health of those living there.

Panel:

  • Chair: Sean Duggan, Chief Executive, Mental Health Network
  • Luciana Berger Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree
  • Cllr Paulette Hamilton, Vice-Chair of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board
  • Joe Rafferty, Chief Executive, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Paula Sherriff MP, Shadow Mental Health and Social Care Minister (invited)

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Conservative Party conference

Does patient power exist? How can we ensure the NHS is more responsive to people’s needs (NHS Partners Network session)
"Putting patients first" has been a goal of successive governments, both on the left and right, but how much of this rhetoric has become reality?

Panel:

  • Chair: Jonathan Werran, Chief Executive, Localis
  • David Hare, Chief Executive, NHS Partners Network
  • Rachel Power, Chief Executive, The Patients Association
  • Stephen Dorrell, Chair, NHS Confederation
  • Dan Wellings, Senior Policy Fellow, The King's Fund
  • Health Minister TBC

What can local government do to improve mental health in local communities? | 11am, 1 October
This session will focus on mental health, asking the question ‘what can local government do to improve mental health in local communities.’ The panel will provide an opportunity to discuss the importance of mental health in emerging integrated care systems and will look back at how new models of care have facilitated greater cooperation between the NHS and local government.

In recent years, the government has sought to redress the discrepancy between physical and mental health but for service providers this remains a challenging aspiration. Bringing together a panel of experts, we want to discuss the role local government should play in ensuring local populations have good mental health and shape the future of mental health services.

Panel:

  • Chair: Rebecca Cotton, Director of Mental Health Policy, Mental Health Network
  • Rehman Chishti, MP for Gillingham and Rainham
  • Dr Julie Hankin, Medical Director, Nottinghamshire NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cllr James Jamieson, the new Leader of the LGA Conservative Group and Vice-Chair of the LGA
  • Andy Bell, Deputy Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health
  • Jackie Doyle-Price, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Care and Mental Health) (invited)

Book your place.

Developing the NHS workforce of the future | 1pm, 1 October
This session will focus on emerging and future workforce challenges. The panel will seek to address why issues including recruitment, retention and career progression are hampering efforts to fill rotas and what trusts can do to improve staff experience at work.

Initiatives including the creation of a Nursing Associate role, the lifting of the pay cap and incentives to work in more rural areas have been developed as a fix to workforce shortages, but have they gone far enough? As media reports of staff leaving the service appear with increasing frequency, we hope to cut through the sound bites to determine whether we really are facing a workforce crisis, and if so, what can be done about it?

Panel:

  • Chair: Chief Executive, NHS Employers
  • Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP, Secretary of State for health and social care (invited)
  • Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and Economics, Health Foundation
  • Richard Kirby, Chief Executive, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Dame Professor Donna Kinnair, Acting Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing

Book your place.

Can a Conservative government change the political narrative on funding for the NHS and social care? | 4pm, 1 October
Following the publication of our report into the long-term funding needs of the service over the next ten to 15 years, this panel will provide a platform to discuss how factors including; demographic changes, shifting care demands and alternative revenue streams might affect the NHS and social care.

Importantly, this panel will bring together experts from across the sector to discuss how the Prime Minister’s NHS funding announcement should and could be spent to transform services, return to the constitutional standards and create a new vision which puts public health and primary and community care at the heart of prevention.

Moreover, given that public polling typically shows that voters strongly associate the Labour Party as being ‘the party of the NHS’, we will ask the question ‘can a Conservative government change the political narrative on funding for the NHS and social care?’

NHS Confederation chief executive Niall Dickson will chair the panel, bringing together parliamentarians, policy experts and stakeholders from across the sector to determine what action can be taken to address funding shortages.

Panel:

  • Chair: Niall Dickson, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation
  • Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (invited)
  • Dr Tania Mathias, former Member of Parliament for Twickenham
  • Paul Johnson, Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Dr Graham Jackson, Co-chair NHS Clinical Commissioners
  • Mike Thompson, Chief Executive, Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry

Book your place.

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