23 June 2021 – Draft programme

09:15 – 09:20

Chair’s opening remarks​

Dave West, Deputy Editor, HSJ

09:20 – 10:00

Opening Keynote

Priorities for workforce recovery: Putting people first in the aftermath of covid-19

  • Placing staff recovery and wellbeing at the centre of decision-making
  • Create the capacity and environment for staff to think, innovate and deliver change
  • Tackling and improving wide disparities in staff experience, especially among BAME staff to support the long-term attraction and retention of NHS workers
  • Suggestions to support the actions of local leaders to increase workforce supply and improve staff experience, with focus on relationships and ways of working between the different parts of the system

Including live Q&A

Jyoti Mehan, Chief Executive Officer, Health Care First Partnership

Rob Webster CBE, Chief Executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Lead Chief Executive West Yorkshire and Harrogate ICS

Caroline Corrigan, Strategic Workforce Director, Frimley Health and Care ICS

Chaired by Dave West, Deputy Editor, HSJ

10:00 – 10:15

Short break and session change 

10:15 – 11:00

Championing the flexible worker: Investing in our existing workforce to enhance staff experience

In association with NHS Professionals

  • Comprehend the current experiences of flexible workers, especially during covid-19. Gain insight into their priorities and learn how you can enhance their experiences as a key part of the workforce
  • Why flexibility matters: how the pandemic has demonstrated the importance of a workforce that is able to flex in response to different situations 
  • Creating a sense of security and belonging for Bank Members 
  • Improving onboarding processes and introducing training and support for Bank Members to ensure they feel confident in any role

Including live Q&A

Nicola McQueen, Chief Executive Officer, NHS Professionals

Juliette Cosgrove, Chief Nurse and Director of Clinical Governance, NHS Professionals

Helen Ives, Executive Director of Workforce for Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight ICS

Chaired by Annabelle Collins, Workforce Correspondent, HSJ

11:00 – 11:15

Short break and session change

11:15 – 12:00

Developing the People Digital Strategy to build a smarter NHS

  • Recognising digital as a fundamental part of your organisational strategy
  • Innovative examples of digital adoption rolled out at scale and pace - what’s been achieved so far, impact on the workforce, remaining challenges and future plans
  • Address challenges in integrating digital services across the system. What is the right combination of human and technological capabilities?
  • Find out how you can advance digital literacy within the workforce so your organisation can benefit from digital integration
  • Get an update on plans to develop an integrated workforce digital strategy that enables new ways of working and delivering care as well as supporting recruitment and retention

Including live Q&A

Sonia Patel, Chief Information Officer, NHSX

Dr Ayesha Rahim, Chief Clinical Information Officer/ Deputy Medical Director,  Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Ronke Akerele, Director of Culture Transformation NHS England and NHS Improvement

Chaired by Dave West, Deputy Editor, HSJ

12:00 – 12:15

Short break and session change

12:15 – 13:00

Walking the talk as an inclusive, compassionate leader: Lessons from covid-19

In association with General Medical Council

  • Practical advice and strategies on reverse mentoring
  • Breaking down barriers between frontline staff and senior management
  • Establishing what good leadership actually looks like in times of crisis
  • The benefits of having leadership at all levels to drive change from the ground-up

Including live Q&A

Marie Gabriel CBE, Chair, Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, Chair, North East London Integrated Care System and Chair, NHS Race and Health Observatory

Charlie Massey, Chief Executive, General Medical Council

Crishni Waring, Trust Chair, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS FT

Chaired by Annabelle Collins, Workforce Correspondent, HSJ


Closing remarks and end of main sessions

Annabelle Collins, Workforce Correspondent, HSJ


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