Westminster Health Forum

Priorities for implementing the health and care workforce strategy

Morning, Thursday, 25th October 2018

Central London


With Health Education England planning to publish a full workforce strategy in July, this seminar will discuss priorities for implementation.

It will be an early opportunity to assess 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 to consider the further steps that might be taken moving forward.

Attendees will assess 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.

Delegates will also examine case studies of best practice in staff recruitment and retention; the challenges of responding to Brexit and the likely end of Freedom of Movement; and the initial impact of the NHS bursary in 2017 on workforce development.

Following the Government’s recent consultation, 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


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

Professor Steve West

Vice-Chancellor, President and Chief Executive Officer, University of the West of England; Chair, Mental Health in Higher Education Working Group, Universities UK and Chair, West of England Academic Health Science Network

Anita Charlesworth

Director of Research and Economics, The Health Foundation