Virtual Event Programme

2-3 December 2020 | Virtual event

Virtual programme

The Nursing Times Workforce Summit virtual event will attract over 250 attendees from across NHS, acute, community, mental health and independent healthcare providers. Join us at the summit to build your network, share challenges with your peers and be empowered to support your workforce.

Hear from some of the country's most senior nursing leaders so that you can better understand and plan how to address workforce challenges in your organisation. Benefit from thought-provoking discussion panels, innovative case studies and enhanced networking opportunities through our online event platform. You'll have the opportunity to watch live and engage with speakers in real-time or catch up on-demand with anything you've missed, all from the comfort of your own home or office.


Opening remarks

Steve Ford, editor, Nursing Times

09:30 - 10:00

Ministerial keynote

To be confirmed

10:00 - 10:45

Panel discussion: Nurse safety, wellbeing and mental health during and after Covid-19

  • How implementing flexible working solutions can help reduce staff burnout
  • Keeping staff healthy and motivated at work

Daniel Mortimer, chief executive, NHS Employers
Sharon Aldridge-Bent, programme manager, QNI
Cordet Smart, clinical psychology trainer and organisational psychologist, Laura Hyde Foundation

10:45 - 11:15

iCare - A programme for staff support and recognition

Staff survey results from 2016/2017 identified a lack of support for staff with innovative ideas to improve services. With this in mind, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation launched an intrapreneurship scheme to support staff ideas and make them a reality. This session will highlight:

  • Creating the time, space and support for staff with service improvement ideas
  • Examples of ideas that have been developed
  • Platforms used such as newsletters, iCare events and socials to celebrate and encourage a culture of entrepreneurship

Farhan Rafiq, head of business & service development, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
Helen Burns, business innovation & growth manager, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

Best employer for staff recognition winner 2019


Content break

11:30 – 12:00

Ideas exchange: Showcase sessions

10-minute talks focused on innovative initiatives, projects and award-winning case studies. Speakers will be available in chat to answer questions.

1. International recruitment and recognising the individual behind the application

This session will explore an overseas recruitment initiative that became so successful, vacancy rates are now zero and the organisation is recruiting on behalf of nine other trusts.

  • Developing a person-centred recruitment approach
  • Including practicing, frontline nurses in recruitment campaigns to set real-life expectations of the clinical environment
  • Proactively supporting the travel and settlement of new staff

Mark Appleby, director of HR and organisational development, Yeovil Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Best international recruitment experience winner 2019


2. Developing preceptorship programmes with a competitive advantage

This session will explore Mid Yorkshire’s award-winning preceptorship programme – The Graduate Nurse Programme. With graduate nurse recruitment being a main pipeline for many workforces, developing an effective preceptorship programme is essential for attracting and nurturing this cohort of nurses.

Charlene Pressley, matron for staffing support, Mid Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust

Preceptorship of the year – Over 1,500 nursing staff winner 2019


3. Further showcase sessions to be confirmed soon

12:00 – 12:30

Living the language - supporting the integration of international staff

This session will explore the new OET and Health Education England toolkit, developed in partnership to help overseas staff settle into British life and work.

  • Sharing advice on workplace communication including the SBAR tool
  • Guidance for patient communication and common challenges such as local accents and dialects, person-centred care and active listening
  • Helping staff to settle into new multidisciplinary teams and professional cultures
  • Experience from NHS Trusts successfully using the toolkit

Senior Representative, OET

12:30 - 13:15

Panel discussion: Understanding the workforce pressures between settings

An interactive discussion to share a better understanding of the workforce pressures between different types of services and how we can work collaboratively to solve them.

Anita Charlesworth, director of research and economics, The Health Foundation
Martin Green, chief executive, Care England
Crystal Oldman CBE, chief executive, Queens Nursing Institute




Close of content for day one

Steve Ford, editor, Nursing Times


Awards ceremony


Opening remarks

Steve Ford, editor, Nursing Times

Introduce yourself in our live chat function to get familiar with the platform and how you can engage with speakers.

13:00 – 13:30

Covid-19 and the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

What’s the legacy of both for nursing globally, how do we maintain the positives for the future?

Howard Catton, chief executive, International Council of Nurses

13:30 – 14:00

Journey towards inclusion

Developing a range of targeted initiatives in response to specific workforce challenges

  • Career development programmes for BME and female staff
  • Pause and review checklists before entering disciplinary processes
  • Increasing channels for raising concerns
  • Staff-led change by a staff diversity network and executive champions

Oyebanji Adewumi, associate director of inclusion, Barts Health NHS Trust

Best diversity and inclusion practice winner 2019


Content break

14:15 - 14:45

Ideas exchange: Showcase sessions

10-minute talks focused on innovative initiatives, projects and award-winning case studies. Speakers will be available in chat to answer questions.

1. Developing nurse clinical fellowship programmes

This session will look at Royal Wolverhampton’s journey of developing a nurse clinical fellowship programme. Working in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton to deliver academic offerings fully funded by the trust.

Zoe Marsh, deputy director of global partnerships, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Ann-Marie Cannaby, chief nurse, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Best workplace for learning and development – over 1,500 staff winner 2019


2. Becoming a great place to work and learn

This session will explore the 6 aims of a workforce strategy that turned a negative workplace culture around

  • Improving staff engagement and bringing turnover rates down
  • Creating safe, supportive and inclusive working environments
  • Providing managers with the tools and information to get the right staffing in the right place at the right time

Paul Da Gama, chief people officer, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Best UK employer for nursing staff winner 2019


3. Embedding health and wellbeing into sickness management

Staff can only deliver compassionate care if they are supported and treated with compassion themselves. This session will explore a new sickness management approach with a focus on wellbeing.

  • Moving away from trigger points Bradford scores to a wellbeing strategy
  • Developing tools and training to support back to work conversations
  • Increasing access to occupational health and psychological support

​Charlie Cooper, medical HR and corporate projects manager, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Best wellbeing and staff engagement initiative winner 2019

14:45 – 15:15

Aspiring nurse leadership programmes

Designed for nurse leaders, this session will explore how to establish successful leadership courses to support succession planning and improve diversity in nurse leadership. Previously Dawn worked as the Senior Quality Lead for NHS Improvement, as the Nursing Programme Lead for NHS England and with the Workforce Race Equality Standard implementation team.

Dawn Jarvis, founder and CEO, The Diverse Nurse

15:15 – 15:55

Covid-19 and the health and care workforce: Supporting our greatest asset

This session will explore the September 2020 NHS Confederation report that sets out the support needed for employers to work with local partners to attract, recruit, train, develop, deploy and support their workforce.

  • Exploring how the pandemic has brought about a renewed focus on people
  • Addressing deep-rooted problems with inequality and discrimination
  • Practical steps to address three priority areas: workforce inequality, staff experience, workforce supply

Senior representative, NHS Employers

15:55 - 16:35

Reverse mentorship session: What does the next generation want from work?

In this session, a panel of motivated junior nurses will join some of the country’s most senior nursing directors, to discuss support, training and development opportunities at work. Audience participation is encouraged to navigate what’s possible given the current demanding working environments and how to establish clear career pathways.

Newly qualified perspective:

Samuel Richards, mental health nurse, Swansea University
Charlotte Jakab-Hall, senior staff nurse and chief nurse junior fellow, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS FT

Senior nurse perspective:

Kathryn Halford, deputy chief executive and chief nurse, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust


Close of conference

Steve Ford, editor, Nursing Times

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