Westminster Health Forum

Priorities for delivering the health and care workforce strategy

Morning, Thursday, 25th October 2018

The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR


This seminar will discuss the key issues for delivering Health Education England’s full Workforce Strategy, ahead of its publication later this year.

It is bringing together key stakeholders, agencies and policymakers to share best practice in recruitment, retention and workforce experience across primary, secondary and social care.

Delegates will assess the key issues for the strategy and its potential impact, as well as practical issues for delivering its key aims of encouraging collaboration and integration across health and social care, enhancing data and measurement, improving recruitment, and reducing reliance on agency staff.

They will also consider priorities for aligning the 10-year plan for the NHS with the workforce strategy and will consider what further measures should be put in place to tackle immediate workforce shortages, plan and train the future workforce and utilise volunteers.

We also expect discussion to reflect the announcement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care of plans to launch a consultation exercise on workforce issues with aims to expand apprenticeships, increase pathways into leadership and change the working culture in the NHS.

Following the Government’s consultation on Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation - including options for reducing the number of professional healthcare regulators - further sessions will focus on the potential challenges for implementing a new regulatory system as the Government considers its response.

In light of the publication of Health Education England’s annual report, which detailed progress of workforce targets across mental health, cancer and end of life care, attendees will also discuss the key issues for the expected publication in March 2019 of a carers in mental health narrative and the impact of the national physician associate (PA) funding model to deliver the target of 1,000 PAs in primary care by 2020.

Guest of Honour

Professor Ian Cumming

Chief Executive, Health Education England

Guest of Honour

Professor Ian Cumming

Chief Executive, Health Education England


Philip Dunne MP

former Minister, Department of Health (2016 - 2018)

Eleanor Smith MP


Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett

Executive Chairman, Helpforce and Chair, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Andrew Foster

Chief Executive Officer, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Anita Charlesworth

Director of Research and Economics, The Health Foundation

Anne Clarke

Director, Adult Social Services, Department for Children, Adults and Health, South Gloucestershire Council

Tim Aldrich

Assistant Director, Strategy, Strategy and Policy Directorate, General Medical Council

Dr Ishani Patel

Co-founder, Lantum and Clinical Advisor, RMPartners Accountable Cancer Network

Professor David Green

Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Worcester

Chris Caldwell

Programme Director, CapitalNurse and Director of Nursing & Workforce, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London

Jon Restell

Chief Executive, MiP