The 2015 Summit will come just weeks before the General Election, with the NHS expected to be a critical issue as voters go to the polls.

The Summit will provide a timely opportunity for health and social care leaders to hear and question the latest evidence and analysis on current health and social care debates. The overarching theme is on the macro challenges facing the NHS and social care systems, and exploring potential solutions.

Main themes

This year our three main themes are:

  • Following the Five Year Forward View, how can the NHS discover and implement new models of care? The Summit will provide delegates with a range of case studies of organisations and individuals that are responding to the major challenges by delivering innovative changes to the way services are organised, through new service models and contracting arrangements.
  • What role can technology play in supporting better delivery of care? We will explore how technology can be deployed effectively to support people, provide greater access to services and improve health outcomes at lower cost.
  • How can engaged communities and a strong patient voice help pave the way to a more sustainable health and social care system? We will draw attention to the power of the community and patient voice, and will introduce a ‘marketplace’ of different interventions that showcase how using the resources of the community can empower patients.

Keynote speakers

A range of keynote speakers from the UK and overseas have been secured, with the programme set to be confirmed in the coming weeks. Among our list of keynote speakers are:

  • Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England;
  • Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP; and
  • Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP.

A number of hospital trust chief executives, medical directors and nursing directors, as well as leaders of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), are also due to speak at the Summit.

Format

The Summit runs over two days and incorporates a mixture of keynote speeches, plenary and break-out sessions, dedicated networking opportunities, plus a drinks reception and dinner. See the programme for further details.

The Summit has a distinctive international flavour, with leaders from across the globe involved in high-level discussion and debate. Many international leaders attend the Summit but others join by live video link, which has proved popular with delegates.

Highlights from 2014