Westminster Health Forum

The health workforce and delivering the NHS People Plan: leadership, staff wellbeing and professional regulation

TO BE PUBLISHED December 2019

Please note the date of this seminar has changed.

This seminar focuses on key issues for the workforce and leadership in health and social care, and next steps for moving forward with the Interim NHS People Plan.

The seminar will be an opportunity to assess the potential of the plan in addressing concerns around long term staffing arrangements - as well as priorities for recruitment, retention and future funding arrangements for workforce investment.

It follows the publication of the DHSC single departmental plan, which sets out key objectives - including securing the right workforce and ensuring the workforce is prepared to deal with all Brexit scenarios.

We expect discussion on future funding requirements to ensure the sustainability of the NHS workforce, following the announcement by the Prime Minister of additional funding for frontline NHS services, which is mainly geared towards upgrading NHS infrastructure.

Delegates will consider what further steps might be necessary to support health and care staff if key targets within the NHS Long Term Plan are to be met - including goals to reduce health inequalities, improve population health and deliver digitally enabled care across the country.

The agenda

Keynote sessions

  • Next steps for delivering the NHS People Plan - with Prerana Issar, Chief People Officer, NHS England and NHS Improvement.
  • The role of local system leaders in delivering the NHS Long Term Plan - with Sir James Mackey, Chief Executive, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Addressing barriers to a more inclusive workforce and tackling the gender pay gap - with Professor Dame Jane Dacre, Lead, Independent Review, Gender Pay Gap in Medicine.
  • Recommendations from A review of the Fit and Proper Persons Test - with Tom Kark QC, Barrister, QEB Hollis Whiteman.
  • Medical leadership and the impact on organisational performance - with Kirsten Armit, Chief Operating Officer, Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.
  • Accountability, patient safety and implementing a culture change - with Phil Martin, Assistant Director, Education Policy, General Medical Council.
  • Supporting leaders and developing the health and social care workforce - with Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and Economics, The Health Foundation.
  • The impact of changing technology on workforce development - with Dr Claudia Pagliari, Member, Delivery Team, NHS Digital Academy.

Panel session on

  • Mental wellbeing, training and skills, and routes into leadership - with Dr Esther Cohen Tovée, Chair, Division of Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society and Tom Hadley, Director, Policy and Campaigns, Recruitment & Employment Confederation and Fleur Nielsen, Head of Policy, Council of Deans of Health.

Workforce retention

The seminar follows the roll out of the National Retention Programme to other Trusts and to general practice, and attendees will assess the progress of the scheme so far in improving staff turnover rates - as well as what further incentives could be put in place to help retain NHS staff.  

Mental health and wellbeing

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.


Sessions will assess best practice in workforce and leadership development, following NHS England investing £2m into a leadership programme, which aims to expand best practice across the country and will look at supporting local areas to develop tailored programmes to foster leadership capabilities.


Attendees will also discuss the way forward for the regulation of NHS managers, 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.

Patient safety

Delegates will discuss key issues for the National patient safety strategy for the NHS, such as next steps for developing a culture of openness and transparency, learning from harm and improving quality and safety in the NHS. 

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