Westminster Health Forum

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
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The health workforce and key issues for the NHS People Plan: leadership, staff wellbeing and professional regulation

December 2019

This conference focused 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.

It was 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 workforce investment.

Keynote speakers included:

  • Sir James Mackey, Chief Executive, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Tom Kark QC, Barrister, QEB Hollis Whiteman and Lead, Independent Report, A review of the Fit and Proper Persons Test;
  • Kirsten Armit, Chief Operating Officer, Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management; and
  • Phil Martin, Assistant Director, Education Policy, General Medical Council.

Further speakers: Dr Esther Cohen TovéeBritish Psychological Society and Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation TrustTom HadleyRecruitment & Employment ConfederationDanielle HammRethink Mental IllnessFleur NielsenCouncil of Deans of Health and Sara Gorton, UNISON.

Chaired by: Professor Dame Jane Dacre, Lead, Independent Review, Gender Pay Gap in Medicine and Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and Economics, The Health Foundation.

Further contributor: 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.

The agenda

  • The role of local system leaders in delivering the NHS Long Term Plan;
  • Mental wellbeing, training and skills, and routes into leadership;
  • Addressing barriers to a more inclusive workforce and tackling the gender pay gap;
  • Recommendations from A review of the Fit and Proper Persons Test;
  • Medical leadership and the impact on organisational performance;
  • Supporting leaders and developing the health and social care workforce;
  • Accountability, patient safety and implementing a culture change; and
  • The impact of changing technology on workforce development.

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