Guest of Honour

Janet Davies Chief Executive & General Secretary, Royal College of Nursing

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Following the publication of figures showing that there has been a 96% reduction in the number of nurse applications from EU countries and a 15.8% increase in the overall number of vacancies in the NHS in the last year this event will bring together key stakeholders from across the health and social care sector to discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities facing the NHS workforce.

The event takes place in the context of the House of Lords report published in April 2017, which argued that the workforce is the biggest internal threat to the sustainability of the NHS and provide a platform to discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities for recruitment and retention across the NHS.

With consultations now open on the Health Education England workforce strategy, which will outline priorities for the workforce up until 2027, discussions will focus on emerging skills requirements across the healthcare sector, retaining and recruiting EU staff post-Brexit, and how to stem the decline in applications for nursing courses across the UK.

Time will also be dedicated to analysing best practice in motivating staff and developing comprehensive professional development programmes to ensure the workforce maintains the skills and knowledge required across NHS services.


08:30 - 08:55
Registration, Refreshments and Networking


08:55 - 09:00
Opening Remarks


09:00 - 09:30
Priorities for the NHS Workforce


09:30 - 10:30
Developing a Sustainable Workforce

What are the emerging skills requirements and how do we meet them?
What barriers currently exist in achieving higher quality medical care standards?
What can be done to ensure that the current EU staff remain in the NHS and that new EU staff can be recruited amid Brexit concerns?
With statistics showing that this year there has been a 20% reduction in the number of students applying for nursing courses in the UK, how will the NHS recruit new people into the profession?

What can be done to encourage more people to take up the medical profession?
How has the creation of the Nursing Assistant role encouraged more young people to begin a career in nursing?

10:30 - 10:35
Closing Remarks


10:35 - 11:05
Refreshment and Networking Break


11:05 - 11:10
Opening Remarks


11:10 - 12:00
NHS Productivity: Priorities for motivating the workforce, retaining staff and improving productivity

How has the Getting it Right the First Time (GIRFT) programme contributed to better NHS productivity and value for money?
What can be expected from NHS productivity after Brexit?
How can the NHS prepare for potential staff shortages?
How is the NHS progressing towards a more self-sufficient system?

12:00 - 12:55
Professional development in the NHS: Ensuring the NHS workforce can adapt to new challenges and developing on-going professional development

How can the skills and trainings of NHS professionals be enhanced to provide the best service?
To what extent does the leadership academy for NHS professionals succeed in providing those with the right skills and knowledge access to leadership roles?

12:55 - 13:00
Closing Remarks




Janet Davies Chief Executive & General Secretary, Royal College of Nursing

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Central London

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