Published: 01/07/2004, Volume II3, No. 5912 Page 6 7

NHS chief executive Sir Nigel Crisp has urged NHS staff to take advantage of the opportunity to share ideas by attending NHS Live.

Sir Nigel told HSJ that a team of 10 people from each NHS trust, including a team leader, had been invited to come along and share ideas at next wednesday's one-day event organised by the Department of Health.

According to Sir Nigel, NHS Live will provide an opportunity for staff to learn from each other about what works at a local level.

'I very much hope people will bring their whole teams along, ' he commented.

'This is about innovation and sharing innovation, this is a bottom-up approach, ' he explained.

Trusts have been charged£1,000 to attend. Sir Nigel said that over half of all trusts have already signed up, although it is not clear precisely how many NHS staff will be there on the day.

The DoH has attracted six main sponsors to the event: Boots, Oracle, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Accenture and Fujitsu. Each has paid£200,000. According to Sir Nigel their role is to support the event and also try and 'make connections with trusts'.

'We are not only wanting to pull in ideas from the NHS [but from the private sector]. It is about how [for example] Boots manages its business so that we can learn from them'.

He said that the DoH would be matching trusts with the companies according to the different skills they needed to learn.

Sir Nigel said that NHS Live could become an annual event and that it was 'very much part of the decentralisation process'. So far 145 trusts have expressed an interest in being matched with sponsors. Sir Nigel said that the aim was to build a culture of joint working between local NHS organisations, the social care sector and the private sector.

Reporting team: Graham Clews, Laura Donnelly, Nick Edwards, Emma Forrest, Mary-Louise Harding, Alastair McLellan and Helen Mooney.

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