Primary Care Conference

From the future of primary care to the reputation and perception of primary care, this year’s event cements the significance of collaborative working

General information

22 February 2023 08:45 - 17:15 GMT
Open to all
Daiichi Sankyo UK Novartis SCW CSU.
Abbott, Anima Health, Association of Optometrists (AOP), Crescendo, Core Prescribing Solutions Daiichi Sankyo,, Hempsons, Lumira DX, Multidisciplinary AHP Team National Association of Primary Care (NAPC), NHS South Central West CSU, NHS Supply Chain Novartis, Optum, Primary Care Network NHS Confederation, Redmoor Health


  • (Photo Credit: Paul Anthony Wilson Photography)
    Kriss Akabusi MBE External link icon
    Olympic athlete, world champion, motivational speaker and corporate coach
  • Richard McCann
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    Motivational speaker, professional speaker, inspirational speaker iCAN Academy
  • Matthew Taylor - Chief Executive
    Matthew Taylor
    Chief Executive NHS Confederation
  • Headshot of Ruth Rankine
    Ruth Rankine
    Director, Primary Care Network NHS Confederation
  • Amanda Doyle
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    National Director for Primary Care and Community Services NHS England
  • Claire Fuller
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    Chief Executive Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System
  • Headshot of Professor Aruna Garcea
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    GP clinical director Leicester City and Universities PCN
  • Headshot of Philip Johns
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    Chief Executive Coventry and Warwickshire ICS
  • Headshot of Dr Shahed Ahmad
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    National Clinical Director for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention NHS England
  • Dr Nicole Atkinson
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    GP East Midlands Ambulance Trust and Eastwood Primary Care Centre
  • Headshot of Vipan Bhardwaj
    Dr Vipan Bhardwaj FRCHP External link icon
    Modality Partnership’s Wokingham Division
  • Headshot of Carley Bramley
    Carley Bramley External link icon
    Mental health occupational therapist Healthier Fleetwood
  • Olivia Butterworth
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    Deputy Director People and Communities NHS England
  • Denis Campbell
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    Health Policy Editor The Guardian and The Observer
  • Annabelle Collins
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    Senior Correspondent HSJ
  • Sayanthan Ganesaratnam
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    GP Clinical Director East Merton PCN
  • Headshot of Mark Gilbert
    Mark Gilbert External link icon
    Youth Hub Co-ordinator, Fleetwood Youth Hub Healthier Fleetwood
  • Headshot of Emma Whitty-Haddock
    Emma Whitty Haddock External link icon
    Volunteer Academy Manage The Volunteer Centre, Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde
  • Simone Yule
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    Clinical Director The Vale PCN
  • Rupa Joshi
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    GP Clinical Director Wokingham North PCN
  • Rakesh Marwaha
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    PCN Manager Erewash PCN
  • Headshot of Vishal Mashru
    Vishal Mashru External link icon
    Head of PCN Medicines and Research Leicestershire ICB Clinical Lead for Medicines Optimisation
  • Headshot of Dave McPartlin
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    Headteacher Flakefleet Primary (Happiest Primary School 2018)
  • Dr Bola Owolabi
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    GP and director – health inequalities NHS England
  • Headshot of Nathalie Skinner
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    Manager and Digital Lead Fleetwood PCN
  • Michael Smith
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    Chief Executive Bolton GP Federation
  • Dr Mark Spencer
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    GP and PCN Clinical Director Fleetwood Primary Care Network
  • Sian Stanley
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    GP Clinical Director Stort Valley and Villages PCN
  • Headshot of Sam Stone
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    Workforce Programme Manager NHS South, Central and West
  • Headshot of Mayur Vibhuti
    Dr Mayur Vibhuti External link icon
    GP Associate Dean for Kent & Medway ICS Training Hubs, Clinical Lead for Digital, Quality & Learning Kent & Medway CCG, Visiting Reader in Medical Leadership Canterbury Christ Church University, NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur Fellow Kent and Medway ICS
  • Sam Volpe
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    Health Reporter ChronicleLive, the Chronicle, Journal and Sunday Sun
  • Headshot of Dr Mando Watson
    Dr Mando Watson External link icon
    Clinical Lead for the Children and Young People Programme North West London ICB
  • Headshot of Thomas Wyatt
    Dr Thomas Wyatt External link icon
    GP Clinical Director Healthier South Wirrall

Our event partners

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08:45 - 09:30 Registration, breakfast and exhibition

09:30 - 09:45 Welcome

Ruth Rankine, Director, Primary Care Network

Professor Aruna Garcea, Leicester City and Universities PCN and chair of NHS Confederation Primary Care Network Advisory Group

09:45 - 10:30 The Future of Primary Care

Matthew Taylor in conversation with Dr Amanda Doyle OBE, Philip Johns and Dr Claire Fuller

10:30 - 11:15 Keynote

Kriss Akabusi MBE: media personality, motivational speaker and businessman

11:15 - 11:45 Exhibition and coffee break

11:45 - 12:45 Breakout 

  • Healthier Fleetwood is now a nationally recognised model of an integrated neighbourhood.

    The original idea of Healthier Fleetwood came about when Dr Mark Spencer, wanted to better understand why health in the town wasn’t improving despite advances in medical treatments.

    The journey that followed is one of experimenting, failure, success, and bags of joy. This session brings the spirit of Fleetwood to London to illustrate ‘how’ this model of excellence has been achieved..

    With Olivia Butterworth, Dr Mark Spencer, Carley Bramley, Emma Witty Haddock, Mark Gilbert, Nathalie Skinner and Dave McPartlin.

  • The Fuller Stocktake report highlighted key visions for integrating primary care, including providing more proactive, personalised care with support from a multidisciplinary team and a joined-up approach to prevention. The NHS Long Term Plan aims to prevent 150,000 heart attacks, strokes, and dementia cases over the next 10 years and to increase out-of-hospital care.

    During the session, delegates will hear about the national ambitions on cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention followed by a case study on how these ambitions are being brought together in Leicestershire through the delivery of CVD primary care hubs and collaborative work from a multidisciplinary team.

    With Dr Rupa Joshi, Dr Shahed Ahmad, and Vishal Mashru

    The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and a Q&A.

    Daiichi Sankyo UK has sponsored and co-created the breakout session with NHS Confederation. Daiichi Sankyo UK has had no involvement in the organisation of the wider conference. The breakout session is non-promotional.


    Date of preparation December 2022

  • Place is a level where primary care and system leaders are trying to connect and build common agenda. The experiences of leaders working at place level need to be shared, in order to develop better understanding of what it really means to work effectively in this context. 

    Using different case studies in a panel-based discussion, delegates will hear about the conditions and behaviours that support place-based leadership in two specific places.

    The panel discussion will be followed by opportunity for delegates to network in small groups, share their personal experiences to explore lessons being learned.

    With Michael Smith, Matthew Taylor, Dr Sayanthan Ganesaratnam and Dr Mando Watson. 

12:45 - 14:00 Exhibition and networking lunch

14:00 - 15:00 Breakout

  • The session will explore tips, tools and examples of how you can use data and insights at neighbourhood, place and system to optimise your current and future.

    The session will be broken into three parts: understanding the personal journey of a PCN utilising data and insights to create an optimised workforce environment, then helping you to understand demand and capacity by exploring how PCNs can gain real time visibility of their operational data, followed by a Q&A.

    With Rakesh Marwaha, Sam Stone, Dr Vipan Bhardwaj FRCHP and Dr Mayur Vibhuti

    In partnership with 

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  • This session will place in focus the importance of access to innovation strategies as an integral part of effective PHM approaches that are fundamentally sustainable and capacity alleviating to the healthcare system. PHM needs little introduction as a key enabler to more proactive, preventative and integrated care overall, however, here we reflect together and take a practical look into innovation and new approaches under PHM being applied to drive equitable access through the likes of Core20Plus5 in action.

    With Dr Simone Yule, Prof Bola Owolabi, Dr Nicole Atkinson and Dr Thomas Wyatt.

    In partnership with Novartis

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  • More than just a press release!

    An organisation’s reputation is increasingly seen as one of its most important assets and a strong reputation is as important for the NHS as for any company in the commercial sector.  It helps to:

    • support recruitment and morale amongst the people who work in it
    • bolster its credibility amongst the people who pay for it
    • boost its resilience in the face of crisis

    In this session, you will hear from a range of broadcast and print journalists across national, local and trade press who will discuss the healthcare stories they want to write and what their editors will publish.

    You’ll hear from them about what makes a local health story, how local and national news is produced for different audiences, and most of all how you can foster great working relationships with the media to highlight the work you do for your patients each and every day.

    With Dr Sian Stanley, Denis Campbell, Annabelle Collins and Sam Volpe

15:00 - 15:20 Exhibition and afternoon break

15:20 - 16:05 Keynote

Richard McCann: Ensuring your organisation has the mindset, culture and communication skills to grow and succeed, whatever its size

16:05 - 16:15 Closing remarks 

Ruth Rankine, Director, Primary Care Network

16:15 - 17:15 Drinks reception for all delegates 

In partnership with Optum


Over 400 primary care leaders booked to attend so far, with booking extended until midday on Monday 20 February

Primary care network members

  • The deadline for premium members to request their complimentary tickets has passed, but members can still book at the highly competitive rate of £155+ VAT per person. 

  • Core members. Please book now at the highly competitive rate of £155+ VAT per person 

Non-primary care network members

  • Healthcare professionals - £395+ VAT per person 

  • Commercial businesses- £695+ VAT per person 

What’s included with your conference pass?

  • Main stage conference sessions live 
  • Q&As  
  • Access to breakout sessions 
  • Exhibition  
  • Networking  
  • Delegate guide  
  • Drinks, lunch and treats throughout the day 
  • Post conference drinks reception in partnership with Optum

Our commitment to accessibility and inclusion

We are committed to hosting an inclusive and accessible event that enables everyone to attend and engage fully.  

  • ETC Bishopsgate has induction loops installed, accessible toilet facilities, and assistance dogs are welcome. 
  • Whatever your requirements may be, please email in advance of the event to tell us how we can support you to take part on the day.  

Do you know of a Primary Care Network or primary care federation that is not a member of our network? Why not guide them to our membership page.

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