Delegates at the NHS Employers conference were chomping at the bit to hear Department of Health workforce director Clare Chapman’s speech.

But just in case they were not sufficiently fired up, she took to the stage accompanied by the Chariots of Fire theme tune, flanked by giant Olympic rings.

She explained that the film, about two British athletes at the 1924 Olympics, dealt with issues - diversity, respect and quality - that chime with a modern NHS. Let’s hope the modern NHS does not end up chiming with another Olympic issue - runaway costs - just as the government is running out of money.