Westminster Health Forum

Priorities for the NHS Assembly and delivering the NHS Long Term Plan

TO BE PUBLISHED February 2020

This conference focuses on priorities for the NHS Assembly - established to advise and drive the implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan - and its programme of work going forward.

Delegates will discuss how to ensure effective representation within the Assembly and engagement with NHS bodies, patients, local government, and industry.

They will also consider recommendations for government and parliament from NHS England and NHS Improvement for an NHS Integrated Care Bill to encourage partnership working and help deliver the NHS Long Term Plan.

In the wider context of the NHS Long Term Plan implementation framework, delegates will assess the next steps for its delivery - looking at patient engagement, service redesign, and next steps for policy.


There will be keynote contributions from: Professor Tim Briggs, Chair, Getting It Right First Time and National Director of Clinical Improvement, NHS England and NHS Improvement, Chris Hopson, Chief Executive, NHS Providers and Member, NHS Assembly and Professor David Hunter, Emeritus Professor of Health Policy and Management, Institute of Health Population Sciences, Newcastle University.

Further speakers include: James Bullion, Executive Director, Adult Social Services, Norfolk County Council; Dr Karen Eastman, Clinical Director, Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG; Professor Sian Ellard, Member, NHS Assembly; James Hawkins, Director of Strategy, NHS Digital; Dr Karen Kirkham, National Clinical Advisor, Primary Care, NHS England; and Lucy Watts, Member, NHS Assembly and Patient Leader.

The agenda

  • Key issues for the NHS Assembly: engagement, representation and strategic direction;
  • Driving efficiencies and improvements to the quality of care;
  • Delivery of goals within the NHS Long Term Plan:
    • Patient, public and carer involvement in transforming services;
    • Moving forward with health and social care integration; and
    • Improving value and reducing unwarranted clinical variation.
  • Funding allocations and performance targets;
  • Tackling barriers to delivery: collaboration and partnering, service redesign and incorporating innovation:
    • Progress of integrated care systems in redesigning local systems;
    • Local approaches to prevention and population health;
    • Recruitment, retention and delivering the NHS People Plan;
    • Utilising technology across health and social care; and
    • Translating health research into adoptable and scalable innovations.
  • Next steps for the NHS Long Term Plan.

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