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People theme


Workforce challenges and opportunities are of primary strategic importance to the health and care system. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen staff throughout the UK working incredibly hard to deliver safe and effective care for the communities they serve.

Leaders are grappling with major workforce constraints against the backdrop of demand growth, an ageing population, evolving models of integration, immigration law changes, Brexit, and backlogs of care, health and care.  

With a focus on wellbeing and resilience; diversity and inclusion; attracting and retaining talent; culture change and clinical leadership, these sessions will probe many of the issues that will determine the delivery of services over the next decade.

The 'People' theme is supported by NHS Professionals

Digital theme


To improve the way services are delivered and care is experienced, we must learn how to harness the potential of digital and tech innovations. From AI to genomics and from digital developments to clinical breakthroughs, there are a range of opportunities for health and care systems to establish strong foundations of digital maturity.

This theme will explore how we build on digital capabilities to strengthen a sustainable and effective health and care system into the future.

The 'Digital' theme is supported by NHS Digital

Quality and clinical improvement theme

Quality and clinical improvement

It is essential that the NHS drives sustainable improvements across systems to ensure that high-quality patient care is delivered and maintained. This theme will explore how to deliver the ambitions of health and care systems and maintain the NHS as a world leader in providing quality care.

Be inspired by innovators pioneering change in their field and come to discuss how to make change happen in your areas, building on new research, treatments and technologies designed to support quality and clinical improvement.

Health inequalities theme

Health inequalities

Tackling unfair and avoidable differences in health across the population, and between different groups within society is a core mission of our times and of the NHS. Health and care systems have an enormous contribution to make in addressing the inequalities that arise because of the conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work and age.

This theme will focus on equity and access, including health and care services within the social, environmental and economic conditions in which they are designed and delivered. These sessions will provide opportunities to reflect, learn and plan with colleagues, engaging with the pace of change required to address fundamental inequalities in the interest of the communities we serve. 

System integration and collaboration theme

System integration and collaboration

The government white paper setting out legislative proposals for a Health and Care Bill highlights how local systems will build on progress to date in collaborating to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for local communities.

This theme will explore and assess partnership working across the NHS, social care, the voluntary and community sector, and industry partners.

These sessions will assess implications for capacity and performance; regulation and oversight; financial arrangements; leadership; health economic partnerships, and a host of other issues pertinent to the future of system integration and collaboration.

The theme ‘System integration and collaboration’ is sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK