Westminster Health Forum

Priorities for management and leadership in the NHS: training, support and delivering the NHS Long Term Plan

Morning, Tuesday, 4th June 2019

Central London


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

Delegates will assess what will be needed from managers and leaders - and from the teams they work with - if key targets within the NHS Long Term Plan are to be met, and what further steps might be necessary to support them moving forward with its delivery.

It will bring together managers across health and social care - as well as frontline staff working within local system teams, including clinicians, team managers and leaders in nursing, midwifery, social care, allied health, primary care, pharmacy, patient groups, volunteers - and wider partners within local authorities, universities and the third and private sectors.

The seminar will also be an opportunity to assess the workforce implementation plan, and prospects for tackling workforce challenges in the NHS to support the long term plan.

Attendees will consider the next steps for incentivising progression in the NHS and aligning expectations for local system leaders, following Sir Ron Kerr’s Independent review Empowering NHS leaders to lead.

We expect discussion on what should define good leadership in the NHS and analysis of the main issues faced by leaders, as well as options for addressing barriers such as administrative burdens.

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

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.

Keynote Speakers

Sir Jim Mackey

Chief Executive, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Dame Jane Dacre

Lead, Independent Review, Gender Pay Gap in Medicine


Rt Hon the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath