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The NHS Confederation is the only national body working to bring together the health sector and local leaders of growth.

Here, you can find various presentations, webinars and recordings by the Head of Health Economic Partnerships, and others, on this important agenda, as well as publications that can help you establish local relationships. 

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Good health and good growth: Healthcare, the NHS, and local economies – this short paper from MetroDynamics in association with the NHS Confederation examines the importance of the nation’s healthcare system and its role in local economies: as an employer, as a driver and consumer of innovation, as a landowner and anchor institution within places, and as a vital element in raising wellbeing and addressing the challenge of the UK’s ageing population.

Briefing: Town Deals and the Towns Fund -–  a primer on the Town Deals in 101 selected towns in England and the £3.6bn Towns Fund launched by the Prime Minister in September 2019.

Building a Britain for the future: Understanding the Industrial Strategy white paper – this briefing explains the Industrial Strategy’s aims and objectives, why it matters for the NHS and how the health service can play a part locally in, and thus benefit from, realising the strategy.

Local growth and the NHS: Building the foundations of a healthy economy – a useful summary of the policy context and the NHS' role in this key agenda.

Shaping healthy cities and economies: The role of clinical commissioning – a report on how clinical commissioning can help realise full potential of local economies.

The NHS and local growth: Working to ensure a healthy economy – a briefing for local enterprise partnerships on why invest with the NHS.

The NHS’ role in realising every place’s potential: Helping you influence your local economy – a primer on why, and how, the NHS can influence local plans.

Unlocking the power of local: Reflections on the new place leadership – a collection of essays bringing together a selection of voices on new place leadership.

How to influence local enterprise partnerships – five top tips informed by briefings given to NHS HR directors across England.

Is devolution the future of health and social care?  – a collection of essays focussed on the role and impact of devolution in the NHS.

Skills advisory panels – a briefing to provide an update on the skills advisory panels, which will play an important role in identifying prioritising and addressing local skills gaps. 


Deals, Devo and Decentralisation -  why it matters to the NHS. This webinar explores the background to the local growth agenda in England, including devolution and other deals, and how it links with the NHS. It details the key players leading this agenda locally and why STPs/ICSs should be engaging with them including examples of what local partnership-working looks like from Cornwall and Liverpool.


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Understanding the economic impact of the NHS in the Black Country - Discover why the Black Country sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) commissioned an economic assessment of the NHS' contribution to the area and how local health and care leaders intend to use the findings to help the Black Country realise its potential.

Download the slides from the webinar here.

Local Growth and Innovation - This mini-series of webinars was held in association with the Smart Specialisation Hub and focused on the changing innovation landscape and the role local growth has played in this. Download the slides and the recording from all the webinars here.

Read the latest commentary

Michael is a regular columnist for the Local Government Chronicle.

NHS and LEPs: a common agenda

David Frost CBE, chair of Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, explains why NHS leaders should reach out to their respective LEP.

Access the interactive map

Find and connect with your local leaders of growth using our interactive map.

New forms of funding

These free-to-attend workshops explored a range of emerging forms of investment funding relevant to local institutions such as combined and local authorities, universities and NHS organisations. The programme was developed by the NHS Confederation, Universities UK and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, with the support of the Local Government Association and PA Consulting.

The focus was on various types of bonds, loan funds and integrated funding approaches which will sustain future strategic infrastructure and site development. As ‘risk-based’ opportunities, they require local institutions to think and act very differently when compared to traditional grant regimes. 

The following presentations are available to download from past workshops:

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