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Senior NHS doctors and leaders meet to discuss the challenges of “Liberating” the NHS

2nd September 2010

A practicing A/E doctor is so concerned about how the NHS is going to meet the challenges set out by the governmentʼs white paper “Liberating the NHS” that he has assembled a group of senior NHS and independent healthcare leaders to discuss how to respond.

“As a hospital physician, I am really worried about the impact that these changes may
have on patient care,” says Dr Brown, who is also an author and clinical leadership expert.
The one-day conference, dubbed “Doing More with Less”, will be held at City Inn,
Manchester on 5th October. It will specifically address how hospitals and GPs are going to cope with the massive changes being forced on the them by Whitehall.

“We are being asked to ʻDo More with Lessʼ - but Iʼm not sure many people know what that means at a practical level,” he adds. “Itʼs not clear that we have the capacity or capability to change at the speed that is being asked. We canʼt put our heads in the sand and hope everything will be alright.”

The conference will address practical ways to reduce costs and maintain levels of patient
care and identify the keys to surviving the changes.

The keynote speaker at the conference will be David Fillingham, who used to run the Royal Bolton Hospital and is currently CEO of AQuA – the improvement agency for the NHS in the North West. He will lay out his thoughts on what the changes mean overall.

Other topics under discussion will include GP commissioning, reducing length of stay in
hospital, creating a ʻperfect wardʼ, the role of Non-Executives and how to keep the workforce motivated during changes Speakers are also drawn from the Department of Health, the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, Kingsgate Interim Management, Circle Healthcare and Realtime Health.

 

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