Westminster Health Forum

We are continuing to organise full-scale virtual conferences which retain all the features of physical seminars, including full programmes, presentations with slides, panel discussions and live delegate questions and comments sessions, person-to-person and group networking, and a permanent record provided to all delegates afterwards. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time, so there are plenty of opportunities to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are.
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Next steps for supporting the health workforce - funding, welfare, inclusivity, recruitment, and meeting future healthcare demand

Morning, Wednesday, 12th January 2022

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will be an opportunity to discuss the key policy priorities for tackling the critical workforce challenges facing the NHS moving forward from the pandemic, including:

  • workforce wellbeing and taking forward approaches to tackling burnout
  • supporting the workforce in the continued response to the pandemic and recovery efforts
  • opportunities for improving inclusivity, pay, and professional development
  • key actions required to drive workforce recruitment and retention
  • delivering the skills and capacity for innovative healthcare and meeting future demand

It will examine workforce priorities in the context of recent developments, including:

  • mental health support and funding - with the NHS recently funding an additional £15m to support the health and social care workforce during the pandemic
  • the NHS People Plan - which includes commitments to supporting the wellbeing of the workforce, tackling discrimination, and driving recruitment and retention
  • the Health and Care Bill - aiming to reduce the bureaucratic burden on the health workforce and support integration across health and care

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Alastair Henderson, Chief Executive, Academy of Medical Royal College; Dr Vivienne Lyfar-Cissé, Chair, NHS BME Network; and Lucy Warner, Chief Executive, NHS Practitioner Health Programme.


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Welsh Government.

Overall, we expect further speakers and other delegates to be an informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with regulators, pharmaceutical companies, representatives from the NHS, executive agencies including clinical staff, pharmacists, the independent and third sectors, patients groups, law firms, consultancies, and others affected by the issues discussed, as well as academics and think tanks, and reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Lucy Warner

Chief Executive, NHS Practitioner Health Programme

Keynote Speakers

Dr Vivienne Lyfar-Cissé

Chair, NHS BME Network

Alastair Henderson

Chief Executive, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

Lucy Warner

Chief Executive, NHS Practitioner Health Programme


Baroness Thornton

Shadow Spokesperson for Health


Luella Trickett

Director, Value and Access, Association of British Healthcare Industries

Tracey Budding

Deputy President, Royal College of Nursing

Dr Jenny Vaughan

Chair, The Doctors Association

John Barwick

Chief Executive and Registrar, Health and Care Professions Council

Candace Miller

Executive Director, National Skills Academy for Health

Anita Charlesworth

Director of Research and REAL Centre, The Health Foundation