Westminster Health Forum

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
The conferences will be chaired and there will be opportunities for delegate questions and comments.
We will be contacting all participants in advance of each conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.
There will be some exceptions where conferences will be postponed, for instance those that would largely involve key stakeholders in the NHS or emergency services.
All participants affected by this will be informed as soon as possible.
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How should increased NHS funding be utilised - priority areas, quality and delivery of care, and long-term financial sustainability

TO BE PUBLISHED October 2020

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

This conference will bring out latest thinking on how increased funding being made available to the NHS  can best be used and targeted.

Areas for discussion include:

  • key issues and priorities for funding,
  • health and social care integration,
  • investment in training and the workforce,
  • innovation and technology, and
  • securing the long-term financial sustainability of the NHS.

It takes place with:

  • the Government’s commitment to prioritising the NHS in its legislative programme,
  • introduction of the NHS Funding Bill to Parliament, which will put into law an extra £33.9bn every year by 2024 for the NHS, targeted at improving care, and
  • as the government makes NHS funding a priority during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The conference will be an opportunity for key stakeholders and policymakers to assess priorities for the distribution of funding, and how this will feed into the delivery of the targets set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

Please note that it has moved from its original date to Morning, Thursday, 24th September 2020.

The discussion in detail:

  • Priorities for the use of funding in key areas set out by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, including:
    • the workforce - investment in recruitment, training and retention,
    • prevention of ill health and reducing health inequality,
    • technology to foster a patient-centred approach,
    • infrastructure to facilitate the integration of care - upgrades and new development, and
    • integrated care systems deployment to support system redesign.
  • Prospects for cross-party consensus on proposals for reform of the funding of social care over the next five years.
  • Laying the foundations for a financially sustainable NHS and the implications of the Health Secretary’s announcement that more than £13bn of NHS debt will be written off;
  • Beyond funding - the potential impact on NHS finances of:
    • efficiency savings,
    • increasing productivity and reducing unwarranted variations in quality, and
    • the future involvement of independent service providers in the NHS.
  • Specific area for funding, including:
    • social care, public health and prevention services - with the Local Government Association calling for investment in these areas to match the growth of overall NHS funding,
    • integration of health and social care in light of the investment proposals laid out in the 2019 spending round, with:
      • an additional £1bn was pledged for adult and children’s social care, and
      • the promise of a new multi-year capital settlement at the next capital review.
    • workforce recruitment and development, with a range of initiatives being put into place targeting sections of the health and social care workforce,
    • technology, and the potential for upgrades and innovations in technology to streamline services, support staff, and enable patients to participate in managing their own care, looking at:
      • the role of funding in meeting the Health Secretary’s emphasis on technology for shaping the approach of the NHS to internal procedures, research, and patient care, and
      • priorities for tools and technology designed to support practices and primary care networks, and what it means for commissioning structures.

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:

  • Targets set out in the NHS Long Term Plan;
  • The five-year implementation plans for Integrated Care Systems;
  • Additional investment into NHS infrastructure announced by the Government with pledges to:
    • build 40 new hospitals in England, backed by £2.8bn,
    • provide and extra £1.8bn for capital spending including £850m for 20 hospital upgrades and urgent infrastructure projects,
    • implement the Health infrastructure plan, which sets out ambitions to fund a five-year programme of investment in this area, and
    • invest £450m for new scanners and the latest artificial intelligence, designed to aid cancer detection and discovery of new treatments.
  • Workforce recruitment and development initiatives, with:
    • provisions outlined in the recent Budget, including funding, to:
      • improve the recruitment, training and retention of nurses in England, with the goal of 50,000 more in the NHS;
      • recruit, train and improve the retention of up to 6,000 more GPs and 6,000 more primary care professionals in England, including pharmacists and physiotherapists.
    • the We Are The NHS campaign targeting applicants entering university, people changing careers, and already qualified staff, as well as allied health professionals,
    • the Government’s recently published adult social care recruitment campaign, and
    • eligible students on nursing, midwifery and many allied health professional pre-registration courses being offered a £5,000 maintenance grant from this September.

The agenda:

  • Key issues for NHS funding - priorities, challenges, next steps, and the impact of COVID-19
  • Delivering high quality care, increasing productivity and reducing unwarranted variation;
  • Meeting targets in the NHS Long Term Plan - funding allocations, system redesign and local variation;
  • Developing new models of primary care - the role of digital first primary care and changing commissioning structures;
  • Improving integration between health and social care;
  • The role of the independent sector in supporting the delivery of care;
  • Funding priorities in light of the COVID-19 crisis - delivery of care, workforce support, and lessons that can be applied to the future;
  • Stakeholder priorities for funding and financial sustainability:
    • Workforce recruitment, training and retention;
    • The developing role of Integrated Care Systems in service redesign;
    • Realising the potential from estates and procurement;
    • Utilising technology to streamline services, enhance treatment and innovate care; and
    • Managing the impact of COVID-19 on NHS finances.
  • Ensuring the financial sustainability of the NHS - priorities and next steps.

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

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 organisations within and working with the NHS, those working in the NHS as well as professional bodies and trade unions, others in the NHS and the independent sector, wider representatives of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries as well as their suppliers and advisors, academics and commentators, charities and research bodies, financial advisors and analysts, patient and service user groups, local government, 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 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

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Health Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates