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Leaders in Healthcare

October 19, 2016


Leaders in Healthcare: Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2016, Liverpool

Join aspiring leaders to address some of the biggest issues facing healthcare leadership and management in the UK, affecting the professional workforce as well as the population.

Brought to you by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM) and BMJ, and supported by NHS England, the key areas of interest are:

Five years forward - the challenges and opportunities for UK healthcare

The NHS is facing unprecedented change in its 68 year history. Financial pressures, workforce disenchantment and growing demands on how, when and where care is delivered are straining an already stretched system.

But with adversity many also believe there lies opportunity for a more innovative, effective and patient focused health system. In this session medical leaders offer their opinions on the challenges and opportunities we'll face over the next five years -- including Brexit, future trends and the role of clinical leadership.

The panel: Prof Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director, NHS England; Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland; Dr Chris Jones, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, NHS Wales; and Dr Jennifer Dixon, CEO, Health Foundation.

National panel debate: Leading the future of primary care

Concern for the future of this frontline service and questions on how to inspire, equip and support it are widely shared. A panel drawn from general practice specialists across the UK will discuss some of the biggest issues facing GP leadership today, including the threat of burn-out.

Why do doctors become unwell, disaffected, afraid to speak up, and leave?

Two recent studies, one involving more than 8,000 doctors, point to a regulatory system which allows a culture of fear and bullying. Prof Tom Bourne of Imperial College NHS Trust and Dr Sabrina O'Dwyer of Bart's Health NHS Trust find medical attrition and significant impact on the cost and safety of healthcare provision.

Who leads the profession?

The profession is at a political crossroads. Dr Mark Porter, recently re-elected Chair of the BMA Council; Professor Jane Dacre, President, Royal College of Physicians; Dr Catherine Calderwood, CMO for Scotland; and Professor Terence Stephenson, Chair, GMC, discuss.

Junior doctor leadership - nothing junior about it

Seven junior doctors from the National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow Scheme assess what's required of the future leader and present the good, the bad and the downright ugly of the junior doctor experience in the UK today.

The trillion dollar quest

How the world's best healthcare organisations develop managers and leaders. Health systems the world over complain about a lack of good management and leadership, but what do we really know about how to address this gap? Dr Mark Britnell, Chairman and Partner, Global Health Practice, KPMG, shares his conclusions, case studies and evidence drawn from a year-long global study.

Safety culture in a nuclear plant and lessons from Fukushima

The conference ends with a salutary 'bang', as it aligns patient safety with safety culture in the nuclear industry. Launched in response to the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, safety culture in the nuclear industry has provided further lessons through the tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi, which highlights the important influence of senior leadership for safety culture to be effective.
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