This year, our conference focused on the future. This theme was be supported by our six conference strands. Each strand contained 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 delegates.
|Digital, technology and innovation – Supported by NHS Digital
To transform 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, this strand focused on how we shape a cutting-edge health and care system.
|Finance, productivity and efficiency – Supported by Newton
While the recent NHS funding settlement provides greater certainty, huge challenges remain. Population growth and demand pressures mean that the NHS and wider system must deliver even more within strained resources. Finance, productivity and efficiency will explore how the NHS and its partners can navigate the financial terrain over the next decade.
|Integrating care – Supported by Optum
Across the UK, health and care leaders are transforming care by refocusing services. Activities in this theme investigated how integrated approaches and place-based working can build care around the individual, and explore how care and services are transforming to meet the needs of our changing population.
|People-centred health and care – Available for sponsorship
People are increasingly taking control of their own healthcare and so have a huge role to play in transforming how care is delivered and experienced. This theme put people at the centre of conference thinking and explored issues from system working to self-care, and from shifting care closer to home to population health.
|Workforce – Supported by NHS Professionals
Against the backdrop of demand growth, an ageing population, evolving models of care, immigration law changes and Brexit, health and care leaders are grappling with major workforce constraints.With a focus on attracting and retaining talent, culture change and clinical leadership, these sessions probed many of the issues that effectively determine what can be delivered over the next decade.
|All together, all different – Available for sponsorship
The equality, diversity and inclusion agenda is being proactively led by NHS chief executives and boards, as they seek to ensure they deliver care and support that meets the needs of our diverse populations.From quality improvement to inclusive leadership, this strand explored how we put equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything we do.