The Healthcare Show Themes

The Healthcare Show Themes

The Healthcare Show is an event for the entire health and care community but what’s in it for you?

In addition to our five conference theatres, we have also grouped sessions around six key themes. We hope this will make it easier for you to plan your time at our event, picking out discussions, case studies and practical workshops that best match your interests and priorities.

The six conference themes are:

1. Integration in Action

Integration of health and care systems, workforce and organisations is key to successful delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan. The Healthcare Show will share concrete examples of where integration is working really well at neighbourhood, system and place level and the difference it is making. ICSs are set to cover the whole of England by April 2021 but many STPs still have a long way to go. We have invited leaders from advanced and aspiring ICSs to share their criteria for success as well as Clinical Directors from maturing PCNs. Learn how integration is enabling bold population health interventions, ambitious clinical service redesign, pioneering risk-sharing agreements and system-wide finance initiatives. There will be a special focus on integration at place level with a look at what we mean by ‘place’ within an ICSs and what can be delivered through it. Case studies from Wigan and other areas will illustrate what good looks like in place-based partnerships.  Also learn how PCNs are driving integration at neighbourhood level, pooling staff across multiple PCNs, and working across boundaries with acute, community and social care. Crucially, we will showcase how individual health and care professionals are making integration work on a daily basis, stepping out of silos and working as part of multidisciplinary teams.

2. Primary Care Networks

Primary Care Networks (PCNs) went live on July 1st last year as the brand new building blocks of integrated care systems. In their formative months, PCNs have evolved in different shapes and sizes, some operating as genuine partnerships ready to engage with the wider system and others still struggling to get on as groups of practices. Amid widespread concern that too much was being placed on PCNs too soon, a significantly revised GP contract was agreed with the BMA in January.  The updated deal has introduced a raft of measures and millions of pounds of additional funding to support PCNs to do better for patients. Headline measures include 100% reimbursement for additional roles and an Investment and Impact Fund worth £40.5m in 2020/21.

The Healthcare Show agenda will explore opportunities and challenges for PCNs in simultaneously meeting contractual demands and the local needs of patients and populations. Sessions will focus on key areas such as workforce, improving access, population health, clinical care redesign, estates planning, finance, digital-first primary care, and national service specifications. We will also look at how the most mature PCNs are forming powerful place-based alliances and operating effectively as part of ICSs/STPs.

3. Future of Clinical Commissioning

The CCG landscape is rapidly evolving but there is no ‘one size fits all’ model as clinical commissioners explore innovative ways to develop their new role. With CCG numbers set to shrink from 191 to 135 from 1st April, clinical commissioners are finding a new purpose within ICSs and STPs.  Many are now operating at greater scale through merger across larger footprints and through greater collaboration with other key players across healthcare systems. Increasingly, CCGs are adopting a strategic leadership role within their ICSs and STPs, advancing population health initiatives, driving contracting and service change, commissioning for Primary Care Networks and tackling health inequalities. The Healthcare Show, drawing senior representatives from more than 90% of CCGs, is the ideal forum to get together with your peers and to think differently about clinical commissioning. The agenda for CCGs includes a Mergers Workshop in the Transformation in Action Theatre on the afternoon of June 25th, an essential event for any CCG planning to merge in the next year or two. Led by the mergers team at NHS England and NHS Improvement, this session will cover the how and why of CCG merger, taking you through the entire process step by step, from building a case for change, engaging with the public and member practices, through to going live as a new organisation. Also hear direct from CCGs that have successfully merged or are on the journey.

4. Transforming Hospitals

Doing nothing is not an option for the many NHS trusts at crisis point. Sessions under this theme will explore how hospitals are turning around A&E, solving the workforce crisis, fixing crumbling estate and taking radical steps to manage demand. Learn from leading CEOs about the game-changing initiatives they are pioneering in their trusts and the difference they are making. Learn how digital technology is being harnessed to transform outpatient departments, cutting onsite attendance in some cases by more than 50%. Also share in solutions to staff shortages, patient flow, inefficient procurement, spiralling costs, lost income streams and buildings that are unfit for purpose. There will also be examples where NHS trusts are starting to think and act not just as statutory organisations but as key partners within ICSs and STPs. Learn how they are preparing for the new world of integrated care, investing in PCN development and entering into radical risk-sharing agreements over new services that could ultimately relieve pressure on hospitals. Overall, we seek to capture how trusts are contributing to delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan and working towards a more sustainable future.

5. People and Partnerships

The highly-anticipated NHS People Plan, when published, is expected to unveil the biggest workforce drive the service has ever seen. Overseen by NHS Chief People Officer Prerana Issar,  who will be addressing this event, it will set out how the NHS will deliver on national targets, including 50,000 more nurses, 6,000 more GPs and 50 million extra GP appointments by 2024/25.

Sessions under this theme will look at how the NHS in England is striving to improve the working lives of the 1.5 million people it employs, fill 43,000+ nurse vacancies, improve retention, and use new apps and technologies to support more support more flexible working. We will look at how factors like changing immigration laws and Brexit will impact on the NHS workforce too. Finally, there will be a big focus on the multi-million pound workforce drive in primary care, including 100% funding for reimbursable roles included in the updated GP contract.

On the partnership theme, we will look at how individual clinicians are working together in multidisciplinary teams to support greater integration at all levels. We will also explore the powerful place-based partnerships that are emerging as the engine rooms of integrated care systems. We will consider what we mean by ‘place’ within a healthcare system and showcase what is being achieved at this level in areas such as clinical service redesign and population health. System leaders will talk about the importance of building strong local relationships to underpin successful ICSs. For example, we will look at how partnerships between the NHS, local councils and health and wellbeing boards are evolving as well as how the NHS is engaging with the public, VCSE sector and industry. Crucially, you will not only learn what good looks in partnership working but how to fix broken relationships when interests diverge.

6. Prevention, Population Health and Patient Data

The Healthcare Show sessions tagged to this theme look at how all major players in the NHS and local government are working together to implement ambitious prevention and population health programmes. Learn from concrete examples of how to get started with population health, segmenting populations, gathering data and translating it into high impact interventions. Case studies will highlight how the population health needs of groups of patients with the same disease, living just a few miles apart, can vary widely due to cultural and socioeconomic factors. Ten years on from The Marmot Review, learn what concrete action is being taken to tackle heath inequalities, an NHS Long Term plan priority. The programme includes a case study on turning around Jaywick Sands in Essex, England’s most deprived neighbourhood, made infamous during Donald Trump’s election campaign. There will also be a Keynote discussion on the NHS’s role as an anchor institution and how it can do more to improve the health and wellbeing of communities on its doorstep as well as protect the environment.


  • Access
  • Cinos
  • CSL
  • Doro
  • strata health


  • Cerner
  • EDM
  • Omnicell
  • Orion


  • Emis Health
  • Healthcare Uk
  • Intersystem
  • Roche


  • Savanamed
  • Schneider
  • starleaf
  • UK cloud


  • Iplato
  • Legrand
  • Philips
  • RL datix


  • Xuper
  • Tunstall

In Association With

  • NHS England
  • NHS Providers

In Association With

  • NAPC
  • NHS RC
  • The Patient Association

Media Partner

  • ACJ
  • BJHM
  • PCC
  • The MJ

Media Partner

  • Hospital Times
  • PPP
  • WHJ
  • Integrated Care Journal

Education Partner

  • CQC

Official Media Partner

  • NHE
  • PHE

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