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The future of work is now – embracing positive disruption to meet future challenges

The King's Fund, London, W1G 0AN
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​Look back at 2024

The health and care workforce continues to face profound challenges, with severe staff shortages and increasing financial pressures across health and care. While the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan aims to support the NHS’s future needs, it does not cover the social care workforce, resulting in a knock-on effect across the entire health and care system, particularly for those who rely on social care services.

To resolve the challenges facing health and care, the sector needs to embrace positive disruption and its potential to change the nature of work and to improve recruitment, retention and the health and wellbeing of the workforce. 

This event explored the changing nature of work and how this can support the health and care system to adapt to future challenges. It looked at the different expectations between those already in the workforce and those joining it, and the challenges and opportunities this presents – whether it’s redesigning job roles, reforming education and training and providing different routes into health and care careers, developing a system that embraces flexible working, creating spaces for digital collaboration, or supporting moves to shift care out of hospital and into the community. Attendees will considered how those working in health and care can be supported to make the most of these opportunities against the backdrop of deep-seated cultural issues in the health and care system. 

Conference sessions explored how to support the health and care workforce to succeed in their roles, and how organisations can be more responsive to the needs of people who work in them, whether through redesigning job roles to enable staff to deliver the best possible care, reforming regulation to support managers to succeed, or creating development opportunities to enable staff to work in a way that supports their health and wellbeing.

You can now register you interest for the 2025 event below.

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Speakers included

  • Karen Bonner photo

    Karen Bonner

    Chief Nurse, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Photo of Cath Bishop

    Cath Bishop

    Three-time Olympian, leadership and culture coach, adviser to The True Athlete Project and author of The long win
  • Photo og Emma Challans-Rasool

    Emma Challans-Rasool

    Founder and Chair of Proud2bOps and Director of NHS Horizons
  • A photo of Navina Evans

    Dr Navina Evans CBE

    Chief Workforce Officer, NHS England
  • Photo of Danny Mortimer

    Danny Mortimer

    Deputy Chief Executive, NHS Confederation and Chief Executive, NHS Employers
  • Photo of Oonagh Smyth

    Oonagh Smyth

    Chief Executive, Skills for Care
  • Joy Warmington Photo

    Joy Warmington MBE

    CEO, brap
  • Headshot of Sarah Woolnough

    Sarah Woolnough

    Chief Executive


Tuesday, 19 March 2024

Welcome and introduction from 8.45am. Sessions include the exploring the future of work, designing workplaces that work for humans – building anti-racist organisations, and disrupting how we approach training and development.

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