The long-awaited NHS Long Term Workforce Plan, published in June 2023, set out a comprehensive vision for mitigating the growing staffing issues based around three principles: train, retain and reform. It identified a range of key challenges currently facing the sector, including the lack of sustainability within the workforce and the culture change around wellbeing and diversity needed in many areas. However, it also provided a pathway for improvement and solutions for NHS providers to implement moving forwarded. Trusts, primary care providers and Integrated Care Boards must work together to drive innovation in both recruitment and retention across the NHS and set in motion the key principles and strategies behind the workforce plan.

  • There are more than 1.2 million full-time equivalent staff working in NHS trusts in England, over 53,600 more people compared to a year ago, according to data published by the DHSC in February 2023
  • One quarter of NHS staff are of Asian, black or another minority ethnicity, the Nuffield Trust reported in 2022
  • The same report found that as of 2022, 1 in 13 posts were vacant in hospital and community services
  • According to NHS Digital in 2022, mental ill health accounts for over 20 per cent of sickness absence in the NHS

Join us at The UK Healthcare Workforce Event 2024: Recruitment, Retention and Wellbeing to hear the latest updates and practical strategies for developing successful recruitment and retention policies and initiatives from experts across the NHS. You will hear a range of case studies showcasing a range of key topics, including creating inclusive cultures, attracting a wider scope of staff into the workforce and delivering mental health support for employees. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues from across the healthcare sector to share and address common challenges in retention.

Why Attend:

✓ High-level keynotes from leading healthcare workforce experts on creating effective recruitment and retention strategies
✓ Best practice case studies demonstrating a range of measures for building a mentally healthy and inclusive working culture
✓ Network with speakers and senior colleagues from across the NHS
✓ CPD (gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota)


This year’s conference package includes 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource of case study focused videos, articles, lived experiences and more (RRP £199). Gain unlimited access to our online platform when you purchase your conference ticket.

Key benefits include:

 ✓100s of Exclusive Case Studies – fingertip access to videos and articles covering all key sectors including Local Authorities, Voluntary, and Education and ALL CPD certified

 ✓Key Sessions from All Our Conferences – gain valuable insights from our past, present, and future events (160+ pa)

 ✓Articles and Interviews – learn from our network of expert speakers and contributors explore further the key discussions from the conferences

 ✓Additional CPD Hours – automatically earn more for everything you watch, read, and hear

 ✓Your Own CPD Dashboard – charts your progress, allows you to add notes, download your activities, and save/print an official CPD certificate

 ✓Personalised Homepage – only see the relevant content you need to save time

 ✓30+ New Uploads Each Month – we’re adding new content every week to ensure you stay engaged and informed all year round.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Dr Wen Wang, Associate Professor of Human Resources Management, University of Leicester (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: The Latest National Updates and Insights into the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan

    • Takeaways from the Long Term Workforce Plan: key strategies, trends and outcomes and sharing next steps
    • Creating avenues for training, career development and flexible working to improve recruitment and retention rates
    • Sharing plans for growing the workforce domestically and attracting homegrown staff to join the NHS
    • Guidance on using new technologies to streamline recruitment processes and free up staff resource
    • Advice on working innovatively as part of multi-disciplinary teams to enable staff to spend more time with patients

    Joe Smith, Senior Policy Adviser, Workforce, Training and Education, NHS England (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Building a Compassionate Working Culture: Guidance for Leadership

    • Our Leadership Way: advice on demonstrating compassionate and inclusive behaviours across all levels of NHS leadership
    • Developing leadership value frameworks within NHS Trusts to ensure all staff are aware of what is expected
    • Guidance on building leadership values and principles into appraisal conversations to understand assess leaders and inform improvements
    • Tips for sensitively addressing behaviour inconsistent with compassion and inclusion to drive a positive working culture

    Caroline Chipperfield, Director of Leadership Development and Delivery, NHS Leadership Academy (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Delivering an Innovative Menopause Event to Engage and Support Staff

    Amy Gouldstone, People Wellbeing Lead, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Realising Value for Staff and NHS Sustainability: From Existing Investment into Wellbeing

    • Why staff wellbeing might be considered the foundation for all aspects of the NHS Plan
    • Identifying and addressing disconnects between leaders and staff on what constitutes wellbeing
    • Balancing ‘do no harm’ (risk management / interventions) with ‘actively do good’ (culture / employee engagement)
    • Tips on how to create an authentic and lasting culture of wellbeing from the bottom up

    Suzanne Clarkson, Managing Director, Coach House Communications and Partner, The Chalfont Project (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch Break

  • Case Study: Providing Fast and Accessible Mental Health Support for Staff

    • Key considerations for ensuring mental health support is multi-disciplinary and provided across trusts locally
    • Securing senior buy-in for creating an independent, dedicated mental health support service
    • Tips for accessing funding for mental health support within an Integrated Care System
    • Delivering wellbeing support alongside occupational health guidance to drive holistic care
    • Evaluating benefits and outcomes from the service to pinpoint areas for improvement

    Muzaffer Kaser, Consultant Psychiatrist, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Pre-recorded Case Study: Securing Organisational Inclusivity for Colleagues with Hidden Disabilities and Neurodiversity

  • Breakout Networking: Overcoming Challenges in Retaining Staff: Sharing Solutions and Successful Initiatives

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in retaining staff and key solutions to mitigate the issue, including providing development opportunities, engagement and wellbeing support. This will allow you to share your experiences and encourage collaboration.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Developing Bespoke Programmes to Attract Young People into the NHS Workforce

    • Collaborating with external stakeholders to expand reach to a wider range of applicants
    • Utilising and promoting apprenticeships to introduce and attract young people to the range of roles available in the NHS
    • Bespoke training: delivering a pre-employment and mentoring programme to support the development of apprentices
    • Providing a breadth of work experience options to appeal to different talents of young people
    • Sharing key outcomes from the programme and advice for other NHS Trusts

    Charlotte Sutton, Talent Manager, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (CONFIRMED)

    Harry Cross, Registered Nursing Associate, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Innovative Methods to Attract and Support International Recruits into the Workforce

    • Identifying and developing specific roles to support the recruitment of international workers and ensure ongoing support
    • Using specialist recruitment technology to promote opportunities and attract overseas nurses
    • Collaborating across NHS Trusts to create bespoke nursing programmes and prepare nurses for examinations and working in the NHS
    • Ensuring the pastoral care team liaise with new nurses to set up channels of support around housing and orientation needs
    • Providing language and inclusion courses to help overseas nurses to adapt to life in the UK and drive improved retention

    Noma Ndlovu, International Nurse Education Lead and OSCE training facilitator, Solent NHS Trust (CONFIRMED)

    Katie Corbett, Clinical Education Specialist, Solent NHS Trust (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *programme subject to change without notice

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be professionals involved in managing and supporting the NHS workforce.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

 Network with key decision makers from across the sector
 Meet your target audience
 Listen and Learn from leading experts from across the further education sector
 Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
 Speak alongside industry leading experts
 Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss your requirements, please contact the team on 0330 0584 285, or sponsorship@governmentevents.co.uk or complete our enquiry form and we will contact you.

  • Public Sector: £449+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector: £379+VAT
  • Private Sector: £649+VAT

Your delegate place at this leading conference gives you access to all of the following including 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource, and the easiest way for you to prepare for the conference and then stay engaged all year with the ongoing discussions and best practice:

✓ High Level Keynotes

✓ Case Studies Showcasing Best Practice

✓ Panel Discussions

✓ Live Chat and Networking Opportunities

✓ Q&A

✓ 8 Hours of CPD

✓ Speaker Presentations and Videos OnDemand

✓ 12-Months FREE access to GE Insights (RRP £199)

 – 100s of exclusive case study focused videos and articles

 –  CPD Dashboard

 –  Personalised Homepage

 – 30+ new uploads each month