About this event

  • Date and time Thu 9 Nov 2023 from 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Medicine and Society

The NHS has a serious workforce crisis, 10% vacancy rates are common across the country and across professional groups, often higher. This was true before Covid. Post-covid, record levels of burnout and high numbers exiting the NHS are reported. At the same time the nature of healthcare work is changing. The impact of technology, AI, demographics, public expectations, amongst others, means our workforce needs to change too.

This can be a perfect storm or the opportunity for renewal. However you see it, come and join us to hear from thought leaders and contribute to the discussion about what we want the future for NHS staff to be like.

In partnership with the AHSN Network, this conference will provide a forum for discussion of the current crisis facing the NHS and the opportunities for change.

A briefing paper covering data on recruitment and retention, alongside a summary of the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan, will be sent to all attendees before the conference. The discussions you have on the day will help inform a report that will be produced post-conference. We hope that this will help the deliberations of the conference be influential beyond the discussions on the day.

By attending this event, you will

  • Understand and debate perspectives on health care workforce planning 
  • Understand the international perspective on the workforce challenges facing healthcare
  • Understand how other industries approach challenges in recruitment and retention
  • Contribute to the post-event publication

 

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Tickets

Early Bird pricing available until 04 October 2023.

Member

RSM Fellow
Day 1
£97.00 Conference
£55.00 Dinner
(optional)
RSM Associate
Day 1
£65.00 Conference
£55.00 Dinner
(optional)
RSM Retired Fellow
Day 1
£65.00 Conference
£55.00 Dinner
(optional)
RSM Trainee
Day 1
£65.00 Conference
£55.00 Dinner
(optional)
RSM Student
Day 1
£40.00 Conference
£55.00 Dinner
(optional)

Non - Member

Consultant / GP / SAS Doctors
Day 1
£165.00 Conference
£55.00 Dinner
(optional)
Non Healthcare Professional
Day 1
£165.00 Conference
£55.00 Dinner
(optional)
AHP / Nurse / Midwife
Day 1
£105.00 Conference
£55.00 Dinner
(optional)
Trainee
Day 1
£105.00 Conference
£55.00 Dinner
(optional)
Student
Day 1
£65.00 Conference
£55.00 Dinner
(optional)

Agenda

View the programme

Before the conference

A briefing paper covering data on recruitment and retention alongside a summary of the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan will be sent to all attendees before the conference. A report will be produced post-conference.

Exhibition: A history of the health workforce

Please visit the Library on the third floor to view the timeline.

Breakfast session

Presence, renewal, reflection

Mr Sam Isaacson

Invest an hour at the beginning of the day to centre yourself, release stress, and connect with your purpose as we engage in breathwork, movement, journaling and communal reflection accompanied by a live mix of ambient sounds that will take us on a journey around the planet.

Places limited. Please book your place when registering for the event.

Registration, tea and coffee

Session one: Looking to the future

Chair: Professor Roger Kirby, President, Royal Society of Medicine

The context

Data and policy: Dr Namita Kumar, Co-chair, NHS England Postgraduate Deans and Dr Siân Rees, President, Medicine and Society Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Looking to the future

The future of the professions: Professor Richard Susskind, OBE, Author, Speaker and Independent Advisor 

The patient of the future: Mr Jono Broad, Patient Leader

The role of the population, the Wanless Report 20 years on: Professor Maggie Rae, Immediate Past President, Epidemiology and Public Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Discussion with audience

Tea and coffee break

Session two: Workstreams - Your thoughts and ideas

We will run four workstreams addressing key issues in the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan: Train, Retain and Reform. The sessions will include hearing from policy makers, researchers and people making a difference in practice. Sessions will be interactive, participants will be posed questions to discuss, and then feedback their thoughts and ideas. Each workstream will have reporters who will summarise the session and share this with all participants in the afternoon.

Please indicate which workstream you would like to join on your registration.
Train and reform: Who does what, and how?

Chair: Dr Namita Kumar and Dr Siân Rees

Reform: The role of technology and innovation

Chair: Mr Tim Ringrose, Immediate Past President, Digital Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Dr Julia Manning, President, Digital Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Retain: Bringing joy back to work

Chair: Dame Clare Gerada, President, Royal College of General Practitioners 

Reform and retain: Culture and the organisation

Chair: Dr Sonya Wallbank, Senior Consultant, The Kings Fund

Lunch and poetry prescription

Mr William Sieghart, Author, The Poetry Pharmacy

Session three: Learning from others

Chair: Professor Gillian Leng, CBE, Dean of Education, Royal Society of Medicine

Feedback from morning workstreams

Trainees Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Learning from other countries

Mr Ben Simms, CEO, Tropical Health and Education Trust

Learning from other industries

Dr Mark Davies, Global Chief Health Officer, IBM

Bringing Four to the Fore: the 4 day week is better for everyone in healthcare

Dr Dale Whelehan, Chief Executive Officer, 4 Day Week Global and Lecturer, Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin

Discussion with audience

Tea and coffee break

Session four: So what next?

Chair: Vivienne Parry, OBE, Broadcaster and Journalist

Panel discussion

Ms Caroline Waterfield, Director Development and Employment, NHS Employers

Mr Jon Restel, Chief Executive, Managers in Partnership

Dr Vivek Trivedi, Junior Doctors Committee Co-chair, British Medical Association

Sir Tom Hughes Hallett, Founder, Helpforce

Ms Kamini Gadhok, Former Chief Executive, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Dr Namita Kumar

Discussion with audience
Close of meeting

Drinks reception

Dinner

Places limited. Please book your place when registering for the event.

Location

Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

 

Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on Wednesday 8 November 2023. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time

If the event is recorded, we are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenter’s and RSM’s discretion.

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.