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The confederation’s chief executive explains that this year’s event will touch on issues including pay, workforce planning and the direction of the newly elected government

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents health service organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, said: “Confed 17 will be the first chance to hear from the new government about its health plans.

“Across the country, NHS services are facing a perfect storm. Rising demand, constrained funding, an overstretched workforce and uncertainty over the implications of Brexit are all taking a toll.

“Everyone accepts we must transform the way services are delivered but maintaining current services while introducing new models of care presents a monumental challenge.

“This year’s shorter conference is also a great opportunity to share ideas and hear what others are doing to tackle current and future challenges.

Among the themes will be the future workforce.

Mr Dickson added: “Just about every NHS employer in the land is now faced with a workforce crisis that is set to worsen in the months and years ahead. As a first step the next government needs to look at the issue of pay at the earliest possible opportunity.

‘With political will, we all now have a chance with better data and a clearer vision of future services to create a workforce that can meet the enormous challenges of the next 20 years’

“We understand why pay caps have been imposed in recent years but there is clearly a limit on how far this can be taken. In many branches of the service and in many areas of the UK staff are working under great pressure, with significant gaps in rotas, yet pay rates in the NHS have fallen behind other sectors of the economy.

“As for the longer term, we have to admit that the history of workforce planning in the health service has not been a happy one – but with political will, we all now have a chance with better data and a clearer vision of future services to create a workforce that can meet the enormous challenges of the next 20 years.”

It will be the first chance to hear the views of Simon Stevens, NHS England’s chief executive, on how the election results will impact on the NHS.

The conference’s six themes are integration, leadership, money, transformation, digital and workforce.

Confed17 gathers senior decision-makers involved in planning, commissioning and delivering care and services under one roof.

It provides networking opportunities for leaders across the NHS, local government and third sector as well as one of the largest exhibitions of healthcare organisations, suppliers, supporters and partners.

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