Westminster Health Forum

Priorities for implementing the health and care workforce strategy

Morning, Thursday, 25th October 2018

Central London


This seminar will be a timely opportunity to discuss priorities for the implementation of Health Education England’s full Workforce Strategy, which is due to be published later this year.

Delegates will discuss the extent to which the strategy is likely to be successful in delivering its key aims - encouraging collaboration across sectors, enhancing data and measurement, improving recruitment, and reducing reliance on agency staff - and will consider the further steps that might be taken.

The agenda includes discussion on long term workforce planning as the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announces that workforce will be one of his key priorities moving forward, and those attending will consider the impact of the three-year pay deal on staff morale, and how staff wellbeing might be supported further in order to create a positive work culture in the NHS.

Planned sessions will also examine the challenges of responding to Brexit and the impact of the Home Office announcement that doctors and nurses will be taken out of the Tier 2 visa cap in order to increase international recruitment.

Following the Government’s consultation on Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation, further sessions will focus on the next steps for professional regulation and what more might be done to improve patient safety and experience.

Guest of Honour

Professor Ian Cumming

Chief Executive, Health Education England

Guest of Honour

Professor Ian Cumming

Chief Executive, Health Education England


Eleanor Smith MP


Sara Gorton

Head of Health, UNISON

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

Chris Caldwell

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