Party conferences 2016

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Members of our senior team attended the three main political conferences to represent, voice and share the experiences and concerns of health and care leaders across the country. 

They also took part in a number of high-profile fringe events and high-level roundtables to ensure members' views were kept high on the agenda.

Discover what made news – and what didn't  over party conference season in this revealling NHS Voices post by Confed policy manager Matthew Macnair-Smith.

Here's a rundown of our activity over the three weeks.

Liberal Democrat Party conference

The new NHS: Efficiency and new ways of working - Will national plans deliver what is required locally?

This fringe event aimed to respond to the challenge of how best to reconcile the need to deliver the aspirations of equitable access to high quality services and the need for accountable and flexible services which are designed and shaped by local circumstances and need.

It will also explored solutions to the task of achieving a sustainable health and care service.

Speakers: 
  • Phil McCarvill, Deputy Director of Policy, NHS Confederation
  • Dame Helena Shovelton, Chair, 2020Health
  • John Pugh MP
  • Cllr Richard Kemp, Leader of Liverpool Liberal Democrats and Deputy Chair, LGA Wellbeing Board
  • Dr Ashok Soni OBE, English Pharmacy Board, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Labour Party conference 

The new NHS: Efficiency and new ways of working – Will patients receive what they anticipate?
Held in partnership with the Local Government Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Speakers: 

  • Helen Birtwhistle, Director of External Affairs, NHS Confederation
  • Kevin Barron MP (invited)
  • Claire Anderson, Vice Chair, English Pharmacy Board, Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Cllr Jonathan McShane, Member of LGA Community and Wellbeing Board
  • Danielle Hamm, Associate Director of Campaigns and Policy, Rethink
Hospitals under pressure: The community solution?
This fringe event explored key themes facing the health sector including cuts to public health funding, delivering more healthcare in the community, social care provision and preventative healthcare.

Speakers: 

  • Helen Birtwhistle, Director of External Affairs, NHS Confederation
  • Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and Economics, Health Foundation Chair
  • Katrina Venerus, MD, Local Optical Committee Support Unit
  • Cllr Jonathan MacShane, LGA Community Wellbeing Board Member
  • Lord Hunt, Labour Health Spokesperson in the Lords

Conservative Party conference

The new NHS: Efficiency and new ways of working – Are efficiency and patient expectations mutually exclusive?

Held in partnership with the Local Government Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Speakers:

  • Phil McCarvill, Deputy Director of Policy, NHS Confederation
  • Maggie Throup MP, Health Select Committee member
  • Sibby Buckle, English Pharmacy Board, Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chair LGA Community & Wellbeing Board
  • Brian Dow, Head of External Affairs, Rethink 
Hospitals under pressure: The community solution?
(session as above)

Speakers:

  • Katrina Venerus, Managing Director, Local Optical Committee Support Unit
  • Cllr Colin Noble, LGA Community Wellbeing Board Member
  • Phil McCarvill, Deputy Director of Policy, NHS Confederation
  • Tim Gardner, Senior Policy Fellow, the Health Foundation

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