Party conferences 2018

Westminster

Our senior team attended 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.

Conservative Party conference

What can local government do to improve mental health in local communities?
This session focused on mental health, asking the question ‘what can local government do to improve mental health in local communities.’ The panel provided an opportunity to discuss the importance of mental health in emerging integrated care systems and looked back at how new models of care have facilitated greater cooperation between the NHS and local government.

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
 

Developing the NHS workforce of the future
This session explored emerging and future workforce challenges. The panel sought 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.

Panel:

  • Chair: Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive, NHS Employers
  • 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 

 

Can a Conservative government change the political narrative on funding for the NHS and social care?
Following the publication of our report into the long-term funding needs of the service over the next ten to 15 years, this panel provided 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 brought 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.

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

Labour Party conference

Does the Labour Party need another Nye Bevan moment to plug the funding gap in the NHS?

Following the publication of our report into the long-term funding needs of the service over the next ten to 15 years, this panel provided 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 brought 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.

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
Developing the NHS workforce of the future

This session focused on emerging and future workforce challenges. The panel sought 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.

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

What can local government do to improve mental health in local communities?

The session focused on the role local government plays in preventing mental ill health and promoting public mental health. The panellists explored 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 discussed 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

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