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Successful day for the Excellence Centre conference

Thursday, 28 March 2019 15:03

Image: Successful day for the Excellence Centre conference.Collaborative working was the winner last week, as the National Skills Academy for Health held its inaugural Excellence Centre conference in Sheffield.


Almost 100 people from dozens of organisations attended the free event, which was held at the Mercure Hotel on Thursday 21 March.

Representatives from numerous current excellence centres, including South Yorkshire Region; West Yorkshire and Harrogate; North East & Cumbria; Humber, Coast & Vale; and City and East London were in attendance. There were also representatives from strategic bodies including HEE and OfQual, along with organisations that are looking to join an excellence centre.

The conference included a keynote speech from incoming President of the HPMA (https://hpma.org.uk/), Dean Royles, who discussed what it feels like being a director in the health and care system.

Image: Julian Hartley.There was also an opening address from Julian Hartley, Chair of the NSA Health board and Chief Executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. There were also six breakout sessions covering a range of topics.

Lynn Atkin, who helped to organise the event, was pleased with the discussions. “Collaboration was the key to today’s event, and those attending really valued the opportunity to network with people from across different sectors and different regions. The workshops gave a great overview of the initiatives being worked on and everyone came away having picked up something new.

“It was pleasing to see so many potential new excellence centre members there, and I’m looking forward to following up with those representatives to see how we can establish networks in their area.”

Candace Miller, Executive Director at National Skills Academy for Health, said: “There is clearly a great amount of enthusiasm within existing Excellence Centres to drive collaboration on key workforce issues within their localities.  Workforce is currently high on everyone’s agenda and the Excellence Centres at the event provided real evidence of how they are aligning with and supporting the development of Integrated Care Systems (ICS).”

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