Confed19 Preview: The challenge we face

Source: NHE May/June 2019

Niall Dickson, chief executive of NHS Confederation, shares a preview of what to expect at this year’s Confed19 conference, which will be taking place in Manchester on 19-20 June.

The NHS is always at a cross roads, is it not? There is always something major and significant about to affect its future. But this is different. In England, we are embarking on one of the most ambitious and bold experiments in healthcare delivery that has been attempted anywhere is the world. The NHS Long-Term Plan is an attempt to create a sustainable healthcare system, free at the point of use, in the face of unprecedented rising demand, a workforce crisis of monumental proportions, and some – but actually quite limited – extra funding.

How will it be done? And let’s be honest, can it be done? Those are the fundamental, not to say existential questions that we should attempt to answer when the whole NHS family gathers in Manchester this summer. Confed19 comes at a critical moment as local leaders grapple with the implementation challenge against what can only be described as political chaos.

We know NHS leaders are incredibly stretched, but we hope this conference will be one of precious few occasions where they can come together, take a step back and reflect. This year we would also like to see many more clinical leaders and non-executives, as well as all the partner organisations from the public and private sectors, that will be essential to make the plan work.

Never before has the NHS faced a challenge which is so dependent on relationships and a shared understanding of what is needed. This is not just about delivering organisational change (at best an enabler) but about introducing new types of service, embracing new priorities, and achieving new levels of integration.

Public expectations will be high because the health service is seen to have done well, whatever the tough reality on the ground, which makes the challenge all the greater. Our aim should be to bring together all the players to consider the reality of the current position, identify the opportunities and seek common solutions. We also need to drive innovation faster and more effectively and find ways to save money by doing things better and doing better things.

For years there has been talk of investing properly in community based services – now there is a real chance to convert rhetoric into reality and to do so in such a way that acute care does not suffer. We are entering the first phase of delivery – an incredibly testing moment.

We are confident we have brought together a great programme to explore these crucial issues, but success will be dependent on the participants and the determination of all of us to make this bold experiment work. I do hope you can join us.

Confed19 Preview

Taking place once again in Manchester this summer, Confed19 promises to be one of our largest and liveliest conferences yet and the most significant gathering of health and social care leaders of the year.

There will be big-hitting keynote speakers on the main stage, as well as the chance to ask questions and pick up tips, innovations and insight to improve patient care and get to grips with integration.

Showcasing the best in healthcare

Developed through extensive research and in collaboration with senior leaders, the programme will showcase the best in healthcare innovations and solutions. The exhibition will again host a range of zones, bringing the latest innovations under one roof and giving delegates the opportunity to network with more than 100 carefully selected healthcare suppliers.

The ‘in conversation with’ zone – hosted by Channel 4 News health correspondent Victoria Macdonald – will return, featuring powerful interviews tackling the big issues in health, all taking place during breaks in the main stage programme.

The improved Mental Health Zone will host a number of seminars that will deep-dive into areas of focus for the mental health sector, such as supported housing, children and young people’s mental health, and veteran mental health.

As the NHS Long-Term Plan looks to break down the divide between primary, community and acute health services, our new Primary Care Zone is an excellent opportunity to discuss future working together across the sectors and learn from colleagues who’ve successfully embedded integrated care.

Delivered by the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) and supported by Centene UK and Capsticks, the zone will deliver sessions throughout the two days of the conference and will:

  • Explore how to build collaboration with a focus on improving population health;
  • Discuss and provide practical examples on partnerships and integration;
  • Examine how our workforce should be built around the healthcare services needed for the local population, including a greater emphasis on team-based care.

Our new social calendar gives even more opportunities to make new connections and develop existing relationships. This calendar will include drink receptions, private meetings, and the popular Confed19 gala dinner.

High-profile leaders from the UK and beyond

Our main stage line-up will feature some of the biggest names in health and care, including:

  • Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
  • Simon Stevens, head of NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • Baroness Dido Harding, Chair, NHS Improvement
  • Professor David Williams, Professor of Public Health, Harvard University
  • Ryoji Noritake, Chief Executive, Health and Global Policy Institute, Tokyo
  • Ruth Sutherland, Chief Executive, Samaritans
  • Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and Economics, The Health Foundation

Nearly 100% of Confed18 delegates said that some or all of their objectives for attending the event had been met.

Debating and embracing the future

Confed19 brings together the whole NHS at a pivotal moment as we digest the Long-Term Plan and start to take forward a radical integration agenda. It will be a chance to consider what is practical and have an honest debate about the opportunities and the challenges ahead throughout the system.

This year our conference will focus on the future, and this theme will be supported by our new conference strands:

  • Digital, technology and innovation; finance
  • Productivity and efficiency
  • Integrating care
  • People-centred health and care
  • Workforce
  • All together, all different

Each strand will contain a mix of plenary sessions, panel discussions, debates, seminars and workshops to provide insights and learning in the areas of most interest and importance to you.

Will you be there?

Confed19, taking place on 19-20 June 2019 at Manchester Central, is a chance to connect with over 1,650 healthcare leaders. It is an unrivalled opportunity to explore innovative ways to realise efficiencies, build long-term relationships, boost productivity, and also improve patient care.


There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

national health executive tv

more videos >

latest healthcare news

NHS England commits £30m to join up HR and staff rostering systems

09/09/2020NHS England commits £30m to join up HR and staff rostering systems

As NHS England looks to support new ways of working, it has launched a £30m contract tender for HR and staff rostering systems, seeking sup... more >
Gender equality in NHS leadership requires further progress

09/09/2020Gender equality in NHS leadership requires further progress

New research carried out by the University of Exeter, on behalf of NHS Confederation, has shown that more progress is still needed to achieve gen... more >
NHS Trust set for big savings in shift to digital patient letters

09/09/2020NHS Trust set for big savings in shift to digital patient letters

Up and down the country, NHS trusts are finding new and innovative ways to leverage the power of digital technologies. In Bradford, paper appoint... more >

the scalpel's daily blog

Covid-19 can signal a new deal with the public on health

28/08/2020Covid-19 can signal a new deal with the public on health

Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive, NHS Employers & Deputy Chief Executive, NHS Confederation The common enemy of coronavirus united the public side by side with the NHS in a way that many had not seen in their lifetimes and for others evoked war-time memories. It was an image of defiance personified by the unforgettable NHS fundraising efforts of Captain Sir Tom Moore, resonating in the supportive applause during the we... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >


Matt Hancock says GP recruitment is on the rise to support ‘bedrock of the NHS’

24/10/2019Matt Hancock says GP recruitment is on the rise to support ‘bedrock of the NHS’

Today, speaking at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) annual conference, Matt Hancock highlighted what he believes to be the three... more >
NHS dreams come true for Teesside domestic

17/09/2019NHS dreams come true for Teesside domestic

Over 20 years ago, a Teesside hospital cleaner put down her mop and took steps towards her midwifery dreams. Lisa Payne has been delivering ... more >
How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >
RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

24/10/2018RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has told NHE that the college’s new headquarters based in Liverpool will become a hu... more >

last word

Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad, president of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), sits down with National Health Executive as part of our Last Word Q&A series. Would you talk us th... more > more last word articles >

editor's comment

26/06/2020Adapting and Innovating

Matt Roberts, National Health Executive Editorial Lead. NHE May/June 2020 Edition We’ve been through so much as a health sector and a society in recent months with coronavirus and nothing can take away from the loss and difficulties that we’ve faced but it vital we also don’t disregard the amazing efforts we’v... read more >

health service focus

‘We are the NHS’: NHS England publish newest People Plan

30/07/2020‘We are the NHS’: NHS England publish newest People Plan

NHS England has published its People Plan for... more >
How NHS Property Services adapted to a new way of working

01/07/2020How NHS Property Services adapted to a new way of working

From May/June 2020 edition Trish Stephen... more >