NHS Confederation Conference round-up

By June 19, 2017Public

Jeremy Hunt on Five Year Forward View, why should we care about the new possible transformation of health care and much more. Bruna Tomsic reports on the second day of the NHS Confederation Conference in Liverpool.

The second day at the conference was filled with some great speakers and again, included a number of plans for future development.  Leading health experts from all over the country joined several debates, determined to create a positive change towards health and social care.

One of them was a Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt,  who talked about a Five Year Forward View delay as well as allocating £100 million to the A&Es across the UK.

He also mentioned that there are still areas for improvement such as securing rights for EU workforce, better mental health support not only for patients but staff as well and being creative about the work shortages. He mentioned that there will be 1,000 more nurses starting their apprenticeships routes this September.

Due to the fact that 120,000 more people are treated with mental health problems every year, the Health Secretary added that there will have to be 10,000 additional workforce in place. But, there will also be prevention agenda.

“We want to deliver the biggest transformation in delivering high standard of care and maintaining it.”-Jeremy Hunt stated.

He also expressed gratitude to extraordinary work of NHS staff, particularly the paramedics and their efficient response on recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.

Another interesting session explored the possibilities of what does it take to be a good accountable care system. Basically, health experts were talking about care on a national level. It requires a systematic change, in order to improve the lives of people. The Leader of Blackpool and Flyde Coast said that they’ve put some new models of care and added that to the GP’s checklist before patients come in. We want to achieve “the single financial approach”.

Professor Chris Han, CEO of the King’s Fund explained a bit more about the developing a spirit of collaboration and the “ingredients” for making it happen. “Plan for conflicts, they can be healthy because it means you care. There are benefits for everyone with one system, one budget. We need to work smarter.”

Sessions have also focused on commissioning, better support social work, improving mental health services finance for the future, all to explore various different ideas.

With more than 50 sessions, member showcases and exhibitions, the NHS conference brought together a lot of very talented people who are passionate about creating change around health and social care and connect and share their goals and plans for the future. 

Bruna Tomsic, who is study journalism at the University of Northampton, is the inaugural winner of the MJA-NHS Confederation student journalist bursary.

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