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Recovering NHS waiting times - funding priorities, addressing variation, and driving efficiency in service delivery

Morning, Wednesday, 10th November 2021

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

This conference will examine policy, operational and organisational priorities for tackling NHS waiting times - including issues around the effective use of funding in the context of the new plans from the Government for supporting the NHS in its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the priorities for increased funding and building capacity going forward.

It will be an opportunity to discuss the implementation of the plans to recover waiting times and address the backlog, including the utilisation of the allocated funding and the scaling up of innovative trials.

The discussion comes as both the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the Chief Executive of NHS England and NHS Improvement make addressing the backlog a key priority, while identifying it as a significant challenge.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions at this conference from Professor Tim Briggs, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust; and, Chair, Getting It Right First Time; Rt Hon Alan Milburn, Senior Advisor, PwC and Former Secretary of State for Health 1999-2003; and Professor Neil Mortensen, President, Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Sessions in the agenda look at:

  • strategic priorities for improving waiting times, and options for tailoring the approach for different phases of the COVID-19 recovery
  • managing backlogs and capacity as the NHS deals with the impact of the pandemic
  • supporting the NHS workforce and addressing long-term challenges
  • collaboration and care pathways, and taking forward key lessons from the pandemics on boosting productivity and encouraging innovation
  • the role of the third and independent sector in meeting demand
  • the use of digitally-enabled care platforms and technology in reducing waiting lists


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department of Health and Social Care; the Department of Health, NI; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Device Access UK; Incisive Health; Macmillan Cancer Support; Marwood Group; NHS Resolution; and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from regulators, representatives from the NHS, executive agencies including clinical staff, pharmacists, pharmaceutical companies, integrated care systems, the independent and third sectors, patients groups, legal experts, consultancies, and others affected by the issues discussed as well as academics and think tanks, together with 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

Rt Hon Alan Milburn

Senior Advisor, PwC and Former Secretary of State for Health 1999-2003

Keynote Speakers

Professor Tim Briggs

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust; and Chair, Getting It Right First Time

Rt Hon Alan Milburn

Senior Advisor, PwC and Former Secretary of State for Health 1999-2003

Professor Neil Mortensen

President, Royal College of Surgeons of England


Jim Easton

Chief Executive, Practice Plus Group

James Clark

Head of Oncology, LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare

Piers Young

Director, NHS Elect and Director, MBI Healthcare Technologies

Tim Gardner

Senior Policy Fellow, The Health Foundation

Pat Cullen

Acting General Secretary and Chief Executive, Royal College of Nursing

Dr Victoria Tzortziou Brown

Joint Honorary Secretary, Royal College of General Practitioners

Neil Tester

Director, The Richmond Group of Charities

Leontina Postelnicu

Head of Health and Social Care, TechUK