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It provides a space for senior leaders from all parts of the health and care sector to come together, share ideas and debate solutions.

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Implementing the NHS Long Term Plan is a matter of local translation | Michael Wood

16 / 1 / 2019 2.25pm

Much will be written in the coming weeks and months about how the new NHS Long Term Plan is regarded nationally by the various parts of the health service – from think tanks to membership bodies to Royal Colleges. What is perhaps more important, explains Michael Wood, local growth advisor at the NHS Confederation, is how it is seen on the ground by external, local partners. After all, there isn’t much the NHS can achieve in the plan that doesn’t need their support, resources or input

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Place-based partnerships need space and time to grow | Robin Tuddenham

14 / 1 / 2019 10.13am

Robin Tuddenham, chief executive of Calderdale Council, reflects on the relationships his team has formed with local NHS colleagues over the last two years, and his hope that the NHS ten-year plan will provide health and care leaders in Calderdale the space and time for these new partnerships to develop even further.

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The NHS long-term plan will fail unless social care is properly funded too | Niall Dickson

10 / 1 / 2019 2.41pm

Despite the recent budget and the new NHS plan, the NHS will still need to make hard choices and underfunded social care services will continue to add extra pressure. The plan has the right ambition, says Niall Dickson, chief executive at the NHS Confederation, but we must be careful not to overpromise and underdeliver.

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Our conference will be an opportunity to reflect on how we build healthier communities

Wales

09 / 1 / 2019 8.34am

Vanessa Young looks ahead to the Welsh NHS Confederations's annual conference and exhibition next month

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Artificial intelligence - is the future here? | Guy Boersma

07 / 1 / 2019 9.27am

Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly making great advances in health and care. But, explains Guy Boersma, managing director of the Kent Surrey Sussex AHSN Network, there are obstacles to be overcome.

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The NHS is an economic asset | Dr Séamus O’Neill

18 / 12 / 2018 3.06pm

AHSNs are supporting economic growth by brokering interactions between the NHS and companies, explains Dr Séamus O’Neill, chair of the AHSN Network.

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Equality and human rights can improve care quality | Joan Saddler and Lucy Wilkinson

17 / 12 / 2018 3.59pm

Can care quality improve when we put a focus on equality, diversity and inclusion? Joan Saddler, associate director at the NHS Confederation and co-chair of the NHS Equality and Diversity Council speaks with Lucy Wilkinson, equality, diversity and human rights manager at the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

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Tackling medicines wastage through a scalable initiative | Diar Fattah

14 / 12 / 2018 12.08pm

With estimates exceeding £300 million wasted every year in the NHS on unused or partially used medicine, Diar Fattah, associate director of medicines optimisation at Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley (DGS) CCG, believes savings and efficiency opportunities around medicines wastage are ripe for the taking.

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A new Davos for health? International lessons from this year’s WISH conference | Layla McCay

12 / 12 / 2018 10.35am

As a forum for world healthcare leaders, Layla McCay, director of international relations at the NHS Confederation, found WISH in Qatar to be more than just a conference.

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Why inventory management is integral to healthcare efficiencies | Monika Nott

10 / 12 / 2018 2.13pm

Improved inventory management at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has proved to have substantial trust-wide benefits. Monika Nott, inventory management improvement project lead at the trust, explains how their initiative is an integral part of the trust’s improvement plans.

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Implementing the NHS Long Term Plan is a matter of local translation | Michael Wood

16 / 1 / 2019 2.25pm

Much will be written in the coming weeks and months about how the new NHS Long Term Plan is regarded nationally by the various parts of the health service – from think tanks to membership bodies to Royal Colleges. What is perhaps more important, explains Michael Wood, local growth advisor at the NHS Confederation, is how it is seen on the ground by external, local partners. After all, there isn’t much the NHS can achieve in the plan that doesn’t need their support, resources or input

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