Benefits of being an associate

More engagement opportunities and closer working with Confed senior leaders plus a chance to align your brand and get products noticed.
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We welcome commercial organisations from outside the NHS family to join us as an Associate. By becoming an associate partner, you can: 

  • align your brand with our organisation both online and at large scale events
  • present products and solutions to our engaged members 
  • receive the latest information on the concerns and issues our NHS members are facing.

As an associate, you can also be involved in conversations with our members and the wider health and care system on a regular basis, work closely with senior leaders from the NHS and its groups and build key relationships with stakeholders and decision makers.  

You can email a member of our commercial team to discover more about the range of benefits available and how they can be tailored to suit you.

Register your interest to join our associates programme online.

Why our Associates scheme works for you… 

  • Be part of the conversation  
  • Find out about the latest challenges facing our NHS members 
  • Align your brand  
  • Free or discounted passes to events. 

Why it pays to upgrade…  

View the different benefits and opportunities that lie ahead and explore the different Associates membership schemes at a glance in the table below. 

Policy summaries and reports 
InFocus webinars with one of the network leads / policy team at NHS Confederation  
Discounts to attend wider events 
Discount for NHS ConfedExpo stand 10%X
Associate of the monthX
Submit content to NHS Voices blog X
Discounts on conferences and bespoke activity, including sponsorship and exhibition stands X
Twice yearly update from Matthew Taylor, chief executive at NHS Confederation   X
Engagement opportunities with senior policy experts, senior team and members at NHS Confederation X
Discounted rates for Horizon Leeds venue & streaming studio X

Engaging with NHS Confederation members and leaders from across the system

Benefits of the ‘Membership’ programme

  • Topics discussed range from national policy changes to key workforce issues and so much more. Associates that are part of the ‘membership’ programme are invited to tell us the topics that you want covered. To suggest a topic, simply email the team.  

  • Discounted delegate rates for NHS Employers events, covering a wide range of workforce topics to ensure we keep you up to date with the latest developments. 

  • Associate members can now benefit from having a promotional feature listed in our NHS member bulletins to highlight the work you are doing with the NHS and how you are helping our members tackle the challenges they face. 

  • As an Associate member you can showcase thought leadership by submitting blogs to be showcased on the NHS Confederations popular NHS Voices section of the website to help raise your profile and build new and lasting relationships.

  • NHS Confederation, NHS England and NHS Improvement are joining forces to bring together two long-standing conferences and create NHS ConfedExpo. This will be the biggest and most significant health and care conference in the UK. Key suppliers to the NHS and industry partners including well-known names and innovative new organisations, will be present in the exhibition hall. Associates will get a 10 per cent discount on an exhibition stand booking, this complements the discounted delegate rates already provided. Additionally, all associates will also have access to our exclusive members’ lounge. NHS ConfedExpo is taking place June, Manchester Central. 

  • Experience exceptional, award-winning spaces and venue services at Horizon Leeds. Associates will benefit from 10 per cent discount off the full commercial rate at the venue. For more information, please email us or call 0113 225 3190 and quote ‘associates’ when booking. 

Please note, the above offering is only available for members unless specified in the table above. Subscribers who wish to upgrade to the membership status should contact a member of the team immediately.  

Key briefings received as part of the membership and subscription programme 

In addition to the benefits listed above, members will also receive all benefits within the subscription package. We aim to keep you informed of all the latest developments across health and care. Some of the exclusive products you'll have access to include:

  • Daily update focused on developments around the pandemic, recovery and delivery, with insights from within the service and senior policy makers.


  • Healthcare policy developments, latest research findings, facts and figures, expert commentary and signposts to further information. 

  • This includes member only communications from the ICS and PCN Networks, the Mental Health Network, the Welsh NHS Confederation and the Northern Ireland Confederation for Health and Social Care. 

  • Bringing together a wealth of news on key NHS workforce and employment issues. 

  • Especially for our Associates, it will provide a round-up of the developments across the NHS, details of upcoming events, webinars and other benefits.

  • Insights and opinion on the latest developments from our chief executive or chair.

  • We'll keep you informed of key global developments with bulletins and newsletters from our European Office including, International Insights, the Brexit Bulletin and EU Transition Bulletin.

Please see our upcoming events page for a full list of events from across the NHS Confederation group, or to make an enquiry please email

Additional discounts for those within the membership scheme 

Our conference and exhibition centre, Horizon Leeds, is an award-winning healthcare event space in Leeds city centre with capability to live stream to anywhere in the world. Associates who have secured a membership package can take advantage of a range of discounts, which include meeting space and the streaming studio: 

Broadcast Studio – if you are looking for an innovative way to deliver your events, Horizon Leeds has transformed a space into a Broadcast Studio. Their state-of-the-art Broadcast Studio can accommodate up to four speakers live in the studio at one time and endless numbers off-site. Seamless transitions throughout your event from speaker to panel or presentation will be overseen by their dedicated on-site technical support. The studio consists of three LED screens so content, speakers and audience can be shown at the same time, whilst the chair can be guided through the event via two comfort monitors.

You can email a member of our commercial team to discover more about the range of benefits available and how they can be tailored to suit you.  

Event coverage through on demand

As an event associate you could benefit from our on demand coverage and session recordings which continues to showcase your organisation to delegates for up to 12 months after an event. Take a look at some of the associates already benefiting from using On Demand.

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