Programme themes for Confed17

Delegates in a session

The programme for conference is built around six key strands that focus on developing health and care services that are fit for the future. These are detailed below and you can filter the programme by strand on the programme page.

Digital - Making transformative change a shared reality through use of technology

nhs digital

The digital age has huge potential to radically transform health and care services for the better, but how is this happening on the ground? Strong partnerships that transcend professions, services and geographical boundaries can be built on relatively simple technology, but can deliver the most powerful change.

Sessions in this strand will look at the national digital strategy, the role of technology in mental health, the use of information to inform decisions and the integration of digital services across health and care.

See the sessions in this strand by using the filters on the conference programme

Integration - Joining together the gaps in health and care

Care delivery is being reshaped to meet the changing needs of patients today. This means developing services that are better suited to treating long-term conditions and that respond to the growing number of people with co-morbidities. Stronger links with primary, community and mental healthcare should help to manage demand in hospitals and ensure people receive care in the right place at the right time.

Sessions in this theme will look at ways to reduce delayed discharges, better primary care services and access to children and adolescent mental health services.

See the sessions in this strand by using the filters on the conference programme

Leadership - Guiding the vision of better services from the front
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It’s difficult to imagine a time when strong leaders have been more important than they are now, as the NHS looks to address the significant challenges it faces. Leadership in this context needs to expand to include clinicians, patients and those looking beyond individual organisations to command relationships across the whole system.

Sessions in this theme will look at diversity and inclusive leadership, the role of the NHS as leaders in research and education and building trust across complex systems.

See the sessions in this strand by using the filters on the conference programme

Money - Getting the most out of scarce taxpayer funding

Resources for the NHS will always be scarce and there will naturally be a tension between what it wants to deliver and what it can provide with the available money. Improving productivity enables the NHS to free-up resources to be spent elsewhere, but savings become increasingly difficult as costs are reduced over time.

Sessions in this theme will look at making difficult decisions, the efficiency challenge and the role of the NHS in growing local economies.

See the sessions in this strand by using the filters on the conference programme

Transformation - Delivering change at pace and scale


Plans to change NHS services are now well developed and each local area is beginning to put these into practice. This implementation stage raises the importance of understanding how to deliver transformation, as well as the practical challenges and opportunities it presents. This includes how best to empower and engage clinicians and local communities to ensure momentum behind the change.

Session in this theme will look at reform to urgent and emergency care, reducing low-value interventions and the future of better social work and social care services.

See the sessions in this strand by using the filters on the conference programme

Workforce - Making the most out of your workforce and bank
NHS Professionals

Transforming healthcare delivery requires wholesale change in how we utilise all of our NHS staff: substantive, bank and agency. Getting the right people in the right place at the right time is the challenge. Neighbouring trusts working together collaboratively improves use of scarce resources and helps reduce reliance on staffing agencies.

Sessions in this theme will look at the implications of Brexit on our workforce, the evidence on workforce productivity and how the workforce in mental health will change to fit integrated services.

See the sessions in this strand by using the filters on the conference programme

Supporter opportunities

We now only have one programme strand available at Confed17 for support - Money. 

If your organisation delivers effective, cash-saving solutions to the NHS and wants to shape the Confed17 agenda, please get in touch with our commercial team by email or call 0844 800 5989. 

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