Westminster Health Forum

The health workforce and key issues for the NHS People Plan: leadership, staff wellbeing and professional regulation


This conference 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.

It 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 workforce investment.


There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Sir James Mackey, Chief Executive, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Professor Dame Jane Dacre, Lead, Independent Review, Gender Pay Gap in Medicine;
  • 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;
  • Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and Economics, The Health Foundation;
  • Phil Martin, Assistant Director, Education Policy, General Medical Council; and
  • 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.

Further confirmed speakers include: Dr Esther Cohen Tovée, British Psychological Society and Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust; Tom Hadley, Recruitment & Employment Confederation; Danielle Hamm, Rethink Mental Illness; Fleur Nielsen, Council of Deans of Health; and a senior speaker confirmed from UNISON.

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.

The seminar comes with the issues at the forefront of political debate, as the sector and policy officials look ahead to the new parliament - and with manifesto proposals or pledges to:

  • Recruit additional nurses, doctors, primary care professionals and improve staff morale;
  • Invest and train NHS staff through their careers and introduce a nurses training bursary; and
  • Tackle workforce shortages and provide better mental health training for frontline public service professionals.

Policymakers attending

Westminster Health Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places from: the DHSC; Government Legal Department; HSE; MHCLG; MHRA; NAO; The Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.

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