Westminster Health Forum

Delivering the workforce implementation plan for the NHS: leadership, staff wellbeing and professional regulation

Morning, Thursday, 12th December 2019

Central London


Please note the date of this seminar has changed.

This seminar will be a timely opportunity to discuss the key issues for leadership in the NHS and next steps for implementing the NHS Long Term Plan.

Delegates will assess what steps might be necessary to support health and care staff if key targets within the NHS Long Term Plan are to be met and to discuss key issues for the National patient safety strategy for the NHS - including next steps for developing a culture of openness and transparency, learning from harm and improving quality and safety in the NHS.

The agenda looks at priorities for supporting the mental health and wellbeing of the workforce, following government plans for implementing options suggested by Health Education England for dedicated mental health facilities and support for staff - along with the role of leaders in developing a positive workforce culture.

Delegates will also discuss the way forward for the regulation of NHS leaders, in light of the Kark review aimed at ensuring that senior staff are fit for responsibilities in quality and safety of care - including recommendations for further training and development, considerations for patient safety and accountability and next steps for developing competencies for directors.

Further sessions focus on routes into leadership and the impact of education, training and leadership schemes - as well as what further steps could be taken to recruit, retain and foster successful leaders in the NHS ahead of the workforce implementation plan.

Keynote Speakers

Sir James Mackey

Chief Executive, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Kirsten Armit

Chief Operating Officer, Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management

Professor Dame Jane Dacre

Lead, Independent Review, Gender Pay Gap in Medicine


Dr Esther Cohen Tovée

Chair, Division of Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society and Director, AHPs and Psychological Services, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Tom Kark QC

Barrister, QEB Hollis Whiteman and Lead, Independent Report, A review of the Fit and Proper Person Test

Dr Claudia Pagliari

Member, Delivery Team, NHS Digital Academy and Senior Lecturer, Primary Care and Informatics and Programme Co-Director, MSc Global eHealth, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh