Countdown to Confed18 begins

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Health and social care leaders are set to gather in Manchester on 13 and 14 June, on the eve of the NHS’s 70th birthday, and the countdown to the big event has begun.

Centred on the theme ‘Celebrating the past, shaping the future’, Confed18 – the NHS Confederation’s flagship annual conference and exhibition – will convene the system to consider how health and care services can turn a corner in the face of rising demand, underfunding and workforce challenges across the UK.

Featuring expert masterclasses, interactive workshops and lively debates, Confed18 will delve into the issues vital to the future of health and care.

More than 50 speakers, including industry experts, pioneering healthcare leaders and political figures, will take part in the two-day conference. And with a strong focus on mental health and a greater diversity of views and speakers across the programme, delegates are set to leave with a range of solution-focused ideas.

Keynote addresses will include the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Jeremy Hunt MP, following the Prime Minister’s pledge to unveil a long-term plan and multi-year settlement for the NHS. And Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health and social care secretary.

Also gracing the main stage will be the chief executives of NHS England and NHS Improvement, Simon Stevens and Ian Dalton – the latter addressing conference for the first time since taking the helm of NHS Improvement.

Helping leaders stay ahead of the curve, the conference in Manchester will explore six key strands – digital; transformation; integration; efficiency and productivity; workforce; and leadership. And the exhibition, which this year hosts a range of new zones, will bring the latest innovations under one roof.


Exclusively for members

New for this year, Confed18 features two one-day conferences aimed at colleagues leading work on digital, estates, local growth and transformation in health and care.

Titled ‘Focus On’, the events will run alongside the main Confed18 programme, providing tailored content on digital and technology on 13 June and legal, estates and procurement on 14 June.

NHS Confederation members have exclusive access to complimentary passes.

Celebrating the past

Celebrating the health service's achievements over the last 70 years will run throughout the conference's two-day programme, culminating in the NHS7Tea on 14 June. Accompanied by afternoon tea and a military band, delegates will commemorate everything the NHS means to its staff, the public and the patients it serves. Not to be missed.

New features

Five new zones within the exhibition will make their debut this year, spotlighting health and care innovations, developments in mental health and public health, the NHS’s 70th birthday and debates on the thorniest issues of the day.

Head to the Innovation Zone to discover how Confed members and their local partners are:

  • increasing placement capacity
  • innovating sharing hubs
  • diagnosing urinary tract infections with a smartphone
  • reducing phobias in children with autism through immersive virtual reality
  • using artificial intelligence to monitor dementia patients.

Visit the 'In conversation with’ Zone for a series of hard-hitting interviews lead by Channel 4 News’ Victoria Macdonald.

Be inspired by the NHS’s 70-year history at the NHS 70th Birthday Zone, featuring poignant stories and a chance to contribute to the first ever social history of the NHS.

And visit the mental health and public health zones to dig deeper into how cross-system working can radically improve the nation’s health and wellbeing.

Old favourites

The popular NHS Confederation conference dinner makes a return, providing an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues old and new.

Will you be there?

Head to the conference site to find out more and make sure your organisation is represented at the largest and most influential meeting of senior leaders and decision-makers in the healthcare calendar.

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