Delivering the NHS Long Term Plan

  • Wednesday, 03 April 2019
  • Mary Ward House Conference & Exhibition Centre, London
  • 09:25 - 16:05
  • Overview

Last year marked the 70th anniversary of our NHS – an opportunity to celebrate the nation's most valued institution and the unwavering commitment of NHS staff to delivering health and social care services that save lives, prevent illness and improves public health outcomes.

However, the milestone celebration cannot outshine the necessity for reappraisal of the funding and services provided by the NHS to ensure sustainability over the next seven decades.

This conference will feature keynotes and panel discussions from a roster of distinguished speakers on issues pertinent to ensuring the NHS is fit for the future, including; the viability of government investment pledges, showcasing innovative tech-driven health and social care initiatives and spotlighting service improvements to refine the quality of care offered by the NHS; leading to a re-allocation of valuable resources and capital.

  • Confirmed Speakers

Event Sponsors

  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair's Opening Address

Nicholas Mays, Director, Policy Innovation and Evaluation Research Unit, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/London School of Economics/Imperial College London (invited)


Keynote Address

  • Emily Hough, Director, Strategy Group, NHS England (confirmed)
"A Sustainable, Long Term Plan for the NHS"

The conference's keynote address will expand on five priorities of the long term plan that will play an integral role in delivering wholesale clinical and cultural change within the NHS:

  • Improving access to mental health services to meet the governments commitment to parity of esteem between mental and physical health.
  • Overhauling cancer screening services in-line with European leaders.
  • Reducing health inequalities.
  • Renewed focus on improving integration of health and social care to assist patients transitioning between systems. 
  • Continue to develop effective children and young people's services.

Emily will be taking questions following the keynote address.

  • Diane Baynham, Head of Service Design, Digital Urgent and Emergency Care, NHS England (confirmed)
"The Role of Digital in the Long Term Plan"

Digital innovation in healthcare has opened up new possibilities to treat patients remotely, to improve patient flow through digital appointments and acute discharge; to access medical records on the road for community practitioners or to share information from emergency services en route to hospital. The NHS long term plan must ensure these new opportunities can be grasped, that NHS staff have the right digital skill set and the right technology in place to improve care.

  • Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and Economics, The Health Foundation (confirmed)
"Return on Investment and Delivering Major Improvements"

The government has committed to a five-year NHS funding plan that, it says, will provide the fiscal security to develop a long term plan for the health and social care sector. Premised on a £20.5bn real-terms annual increase by the end of the five year period compared to current levels, the funding will be front-loaded, with 3.6% increases expected in the first two years. The funding plan is, to a degree, conditional; the government has set-out five financial requirements the NHS must meet in order to demonstrate it has put the service onto a sustainable path.


In this presentation, the viability of the government's funding pledge will be reviewed. Concerns that an increase in inflation and the possibility of un-subsidised shortfalls could erode the investment by as much as £260m in 2019; rising to around £1bn by 2020. Additionally, the presentation will expand on recommendations made by the Health Foundation to deliver the promised percentage increase that will have a real impact on the pace and scale of NHS improvements.         


Main Sponsor


Question & Answer Session

  • Diane Baynham, Head of Service Design, Digital Urgent and Emergency Care, NHS England (confirmed)
  • Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and Economics, The Health Foundation (confirmed)

Coffee in the Networking Area


Professor Jon Glasby, Professor of Health and Social Care and Head of School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham (invited)

"Delivering Universal Integration of Health and Social Care"

Early expectations are that the long term plan will:

  • Provide definitions and requisites for planning, funding and managing integrated care models.
  • Expand Integrated Personal Commissioning.
  • Clarify the involvement of local authorities in enabling care to be integrated. 
  • Export best practices from leading ICS' to those struggling with local relationships, planning and other elements of the current statutory framework.                   

Integrating health and social care continues to be the holy-grail of the NHS; how will the long term plan address integration?             

"Reducing Falls and Injuries in Patients and the Elderly"

Patient falls in the NHS costs the health service £2.3bn and over 4m beds each year. A third of people aged 65-and-over fall at least once a year and falls are the most common cause of death from injury in over 65's. Patient falls are the number one precipitating factor for a person losing independence and going into long term care. A first fall can set in motion a downward spiral - people may develop a fear of falling which, in turn, can lead to more inactivity, loss of strength and a greater risk of further falls.


Christian will introduce delegates to Guardian Sentry; a completely new way of caring for patients that embraces two elements of the NHS long term plan - digital innovation and preventative care. Guardian Sentry is not an analogue system, instead it utilises digital technology - the system will sense when a patient is beginning to move and will alarm any staff nearby of an impending fall prompt. This means you do not get an alarm when the patient has fallen, like some other systems on the market. The Guardian Sentry system is designed to give you a preemptive early warning for an impending fall prompt.

  • Annie Sayer, Deputy National Directory of Services Lead, Integrated Urgent Care Delivery Team, NHS England (confirmed)

Synopsis coming soon...

"One Named Midwife by 2021"

As part of the Ten Year Plan, the NHS intends to become the world's pre-eminent healthcare system for maternity care. The Health and Social Care Secretary of State Matt Hancock has pledged that by 2021 the majority of women in England will have access to one, consistent midwife to provide guidance and support through the duration of their pregnancy, labour and post-natal. Upon roll-out of the initiative next year, women from black, ethnic minority backgrounds and poorer families will be given priority of access.


In his address to delegates, Sean will review the government's commitments to new parents, the provision of extra mental health support for mothers and fathers, in addition to the resources that must be allocated to developing the midwifery workforce in order to meet these ambitions.


Question & Answer Session

Professor Jon Glasby, Professor of Health and Social Care and Head of School and Social Policy, University of Birmingham (invited)

Christian Symonds, Chief Executive Officer, Approach Medical (confirmed)

Annie Sayer Deputy National Directory of Services Lead, Integrated Urgent Care Delivery Team, NHS England (confirmed)

Adrian Eggleton Director, Estates and Facilities Lead, NHS Improvements (confirmed)


Lunch in the Networking Area


Chair's Afternoon Address

  • Adrian Eggleton, Director, Estates and Facilities Lead, NHS Improvement (confirmed)
"Factoring NHS Estates and Facilities into the Long Term Plan "

The demand for services and the way in which NHS buildings are used will look distinctly different a decade from now; as such, a comprehensive strategy for estates and facilities is essential - does the NHS Long Term Plan address the challenges facing the NHS' physical infrastructure?   


Case Study

Portakabin is the pioneer of modular construction in Europe, delivering interim and permanent bespoke buildings, of any size and to fulfil almost any application, site and design. It has provided award-winning off-site accommodation solutions of outstanding quality and exceptional service, with unrivalled on time and on budget performance, for over 50 years across 7 countries.


Ben Bridgewater PhD, FRCS (CTh), Chief Executive Officer, Health Innovation Manchester (invited)

Advances in genomic research combined with the transformational power of digital technologies are leading to novel approaches in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Greater Manchester’s exceptional clinical, academic, and public assets coupled with its health and social care devolution ensures that the city-region is uniquely placed to become the destination of choice for life sciences. 

Ben Bridgewater will present to delegates on how Health Innovation Manchester is leveraging these assets to establish Greater Manchester as an international leader in accelerating innovation that transforms citizens’ health and wellbeing.


Question & Answer Session

Sean O'Sullivan, Head of Policy, Royal College of Midwives (confirmed)

Ben Bridgewater PhD, FRCS (CTh), Chief Executive Officer, Health Innovation Manchester (invited)

Speaker TBC


Chair’s Closing Remarks and Event Close

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  • Benefits of attending

  • Explore the new ideas, models, strategies and innovations that comprise the NHS Long Term Plan.
  • Identify action the NHS will need to undertake collaboratively with individuals, local authorities, public, voluntary and third sector bodies alongside the health service to deliver a health and social care service fit for the future.
  • Develop a nuanced understanding of the government's investment strategies underpinning the Long Term Plan. 
  • Network and knowledge-share with peers, NHS decision makers, leaders from public, voluntary and third sector organisations; developing shared solutions to common challenges.
  • Review how the NHS can combine investment and efficiency; creating the headroom to manage increased demand and continue to improve care.
  • Understand the necessity in modernising NHS facilities and estates; embedding digital infrastructure to support innovative service provision.
  • Explore how digital innovation and data sharing is spearheading preventative and self-monitored care agendas. In addition to where the barriers lie to timely implementation and how these challenges can be overcome to accelerate the digital capacity of the NHS.
  • Share best practices on delivering complex transformation projects and integrated care plans that can help organisations co-ordinate services and balance budgets.      
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Mary Ward House Conference & Exhibition Centre, London

Mary Ward House Conference & Exhibition Centre, London

In 2002 the building was placed on the Listed Buildings at Risk Register with the Mary Ward House trust having failed to secure lottery funding.

The building has been painstakingly renovated to ensure that this extremely important part of National Heritage continues to serve as a place of learning, knowledge dissemination and promotion of equality.

We are continually reinvesting in upgrading and renovating the building to ensure it continues to serve society through the advancement of education (by the establishment and maintenance of a Grade 1 Listed building/museum)

This objective directly enables us in; the advancement of the arts, culture, heritage and science; the relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage; the advancement of citizenship or community development

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  • nhs-long-term-plan.pdf

who will attend

  • Consultants
  • Councilors
  • Directors/Heads of Digital Inclusion/Engagement
  • Directors/Heads of Efficiency and Improvement
  • Directors/Heads of Information Assurance/Governance/ IT Security
  • Directors/Heads of Modernisation and Performance
  • Directors/Heads of Policy/Strategy
  • Digital Champions/Digital Managers
  • Digital Strategy Leads
  • Directors of Enterprise and Innovation
  • Directors of Information Management / Informatics / ICT
  • Heads of Assistive Technology
  • Heads of Community Care Services
  • Heads of Housing Services
  • Heads of HR/Employment/Skills
  • Heads of Telecare/Telehealth
  • Heads of Wellbeing, Heads of Inclusion
  • Health Economics Professionals
  • Research Directors / Professors / Academics
  • Private sector health and social care stakeholder