2018 Programme

Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London
4 October 2018

Main conference room


Registration and morning refreshments


Introductory remarks – Steve Ford, Editor, Nursing Times


Facing the facts, shaping the future – The health and care workforce strategy

The first system-wide strategy that sets out the current workforce landscape and plans for the future of health and social care services in England.

Ian Cumming, Chief Executive, Health Education England


Where are we with workforce planning and where do we need to be?

Recent NHS Digital workforce statistics reveal that the number of vacant nursing jobs has reached a new high, 1 in 10 nurses are leaving each year. As of September 2017, nursing and midwifery has the highest percentage of unfilled full-time equivalent roles out of all NHS staff groups. This panel discussion will set the scene on where we stand with workforce planning from a national perspective and how we aim to get to where we need to be.

Ruth May, Executive Director of Nursing, NHS Improvement 

Crystal Oldman, Chief Executive, The Queen’s Nursing Institute 

Brian Webster-Henderson, Chair, Council of Deans of Health

Prof Alison Leary, Chair of Healthcare & Workforce Modelling, London South Bank University



Using technology for good and workforce retention

This session will explore:

  • Using technology for great staff experience whether that is foresight, control, flexibility or engaging apps with high utility
  • Enabling staff to work across organisational boarders
  • Using technology to protect against safety issues in a world with gaps
  • Hear from others how they are utilising technology to support flexibility, choice and organisational sustainability

Rupert Clarke, Head of Solution Delivery, Allocate

Kevin Parker, Associate Chief Nurse for Medicine, University Hospitals North Midlands NHS Trust

Karen Eptlett, Associate Chief Nurse for Surgery, University Hospitals North Midlands NHS Trust


Morning refreshments, networking and exhibition

Main workforce stream Directors’ network: Workforce planning (Chatham House) Deputies’ network: Workforce development

Chair: Steve Ford, Editor and Workforce Lead, Nursing Times

This will be our main stream of content for band 7 nurses and above, with responsibility for recruitment, retention and managing the workforce.

Chair: Janice Stevens, Chief Nurse, The Wellington Hospital

This stream will be exclusive to directors of nursing and will provide a safe space to challenge and discuss strategic workforce challenges.

Chair: Victoria Cooper, Strategic Practice Placement Coordinator, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS FT

This stream will focus on the development of band 8 and above deputies or aspiring nurse leaders.


Innovative new workforce models to support RN recruitment

  • Nurse degree apprenticeships – opportunities to progress nurse training and secure a sustainable workforce
  • Developing a pipeline of future RN nurses, from school children interested in healthcare support work, through to registered nurse status

Sue Smith, Chief Nurse, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS FT

Helen Fawcett, Registered Nurse Apprentice, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS FT

11:30 – 12:30
Workforce planning and assurance at a board level – what should good look like?

This will be an open discussion with directors of nursing from different settings to discuss how they are approaching staffing. From utilising nursing associates and apprenticeships, through to deployment of advanced nursing roles, how are we managing the new skills mix, the image of nursing and will this attract future generations into the profession?

Keith Barry, Chief Nurse, Elysium Healthcare

Sam Foster, Chief Nurse, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Susan Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Aspiring nurse director programmes with London South Bank University

  • Developed in collaboration with NHS Improvement, this programme focuses on strategic leadership to prepare you for executive nurse roles
  • Focusing on leadership of the profession to ensure that nursing is demonstrably adding values and contributing to the achievements of organisational goals
  • Understanding the challenges of being a member of a unitary board and increasing your confidence and belief in your ability to succeed in these roles

Dr Elaine Maxwell, Clinical Adviser, National Institute of Health Research Dissemination Centre 


Retention masterclass

  • Developing and refining your strategy
  • Understanding your staffing data
  • Engaging and empowering your staff
  • Collaborating with neighbouring organisations

Prof Mark Radford, Director for Improvement, NHS Improvement

Developing supportive staff cultures

  • Manging difficult conversations and developing a culture of freedom to speak up
  • How far have we come with developing these cultures?

Russell Parkinson, Head of Office, National Guardian's Office


Lunch, networking and exhibition


Supporting self-care: Exploring characteristics of the future workforce

  • Delivering person-centred care where self-care is an essential element
  • The skills, values and behaviours needed to deliver co-productive care

Prof Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Chief Nurse, Health Education England

Liz Fenton, Deputy Chief Nurse, Health Education England
Patient representatives

13:30 – 14:30
Overseas recruitment and the global image of nursing

This open discussion will consider the international recruitment process, the implications of Brexit and how the process can be streamlined to improve the onboarding of nurses from overseas.

Simon Peachey, Head of Customer and Commercial Services, UK Visas and Immigration

Caroline Alexander, Chief Nurse, Barts Health NHS Trust 

Howard Catton, Director of Nursing & Health Policy, International Council of Nurses

Francesca Woodward, Director, Cambridge Assessment English





Case study: Working cultures – Leading a successful and diverse workforce

  • An award-winning example of staff engagement, celebrating diversity and inclusion to foster great working environments
  • A journey from a vacancy rate of 22% in critical care to just 3%, boosting staff morale and improving retention

Gillan Belfon-Johnson, Critical Care Matron, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust


Improving health and wellbeing

  • Health and wellbeing strategies
  • From prevention to intervention
  • Improving staff productivity

Caroline Corrigan, National Director of People Strategy, NHS Improvement

Jessica Watts, Head of People Strategy, Health & Wellbeing - Reducing Sickness Absence, NHS Improvement

Resilient leadership lessons

  • Managing the pressures of your own role and the capacity of your teams
  • Inspiring your teams despite the challenge and constant pressure

Nicola Ranger, Chief Nurse, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust


Afternoon refreshments and networking


Nursing associates and registered nurses

  • The difference between the roles and the regulation
  • Examining how nursing associates can be used to best support the nursing workforce
  • Future nurse standards

Prof Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Chief Nurse, Health Education England
Anne Trotter, Assistant Director: Education and Standards, Nursing & Midwifery Council


Panel discussion: Supporting our workforce to achieve its full potential

This panel discussion will highlight the findings from a recent UNISON research report into line management and inclusive career progression for BME staff. Highlighting the recommendations to foster healthy working cultures and a line managers toolkit to best support the workforce we do have. This discussion will also consider the use of support roles and nursing associates to enhance care and give registered nurses more time to care.

Sara Gorton, Head of Health, UNISON
Jon Restell, Chief Executive, MiP
Yvonne Coghill, Director, WRES Implementation, NHS England


Close of conference – Steve Ford, Editor, Nursing Times


Networking drinks reception ahead of the NT Workforce Awards

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