NHS ConfedExpo 2023 

On 14th-15th June, NHS Professionals are sponsoring ConfedExpo – the biggest event in the NHS calendar!

Introducing our new podcast series - Healthcare People

We are proud to introduce our brand-new podcast, Healthcare People. In each episode we have insightful conversations with a variety of healthcare and staffing experts about the health and care workforce: the challenges, the opportunities, and the future.

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Celebrating 75 years of the NHS

Alongside many other organisations celebrating the 75th birthday of the NHS at CONFED this year, hear our CEO Nicola McQueen talk to ITN about NHS 75 and how NHS Professionals works with the NHS, Putting People in Places to Care.

CEO's Message

The ConfedExpo is a landmark event in the NHS calendar and on behalf of everyone at NHS Professionals, I am delighted to welcome you.

As we continue to focus on pandemic recovery, increasing support for integration and putting even more people in places to care, we are holding two thought-provoking sessions. On day one, an interactive workshop will be focused on the challenge and opportunity of collaboration, and on day two we’re hosting a panel discussion on how to optimise the workforce with flexible staff banks and improved retention. I very much hope you will be able to join us as we discuss these crucial issues.

Both sessions will feature industry experts and NHS Professionals senior leaders, exploring key challenges facing the NHS including capacity pressures, skill gaps in the workforce and achieving successful system-wide collaboration. But just as importantly, our sessions and others at this year’s event, will be a forum for you and other delegates to share your experiences and learnings so you leave the conference with new ideas, solutions and connections.

I am also pleased to welcome Dr Helen Phillips to NHS Professionals as our new Chair. I know her standout experience, gained both in the NHS and a host of other sectors, will be of huge benefit to us and our customers, as we continue to provide the highest quality of staffing solutions to the NHS.

As NHS’s largest flexible workforce provider, we know the value of conversations; so, whether you already know us, or you’d like to find out more about our award-winning services, we can’t wait to see you around the venue and on stand D1 where you can talk to me and other members of our passionate team.

Please explore this page to learn more about our involvement in this year’s event and access exclusive materials.

Nicola McQueen
Chief Executive Officer, NHS Professionals


NHS Professionals is exhibiting at #NHSConfedExpo

We welcome you to join us at our Stand: D1 to discover how we can support you to put even more people in places to care.


Sessions supported by NHS Professionals


Care to collaborate? The Challenge and Opportunity of Collaborative Working

Wednesday 14th June | 09.30 - 10.45am | Location: Charter 1 | 75 mins

The 2022 Health and Care Bill establishes the foundations for a new era of co-operation and collaboration across place-based healthcare systems. It places Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) on a statutory footing with a clear mandate to integrate care, improve population health and reduce inequalities. This new environment offers considerable scope for providers to collaborate on workforce recruitment, deployment and development in a way that optimises the effective utilisation of people and skills and better enables consistently safe and effective healthcare across systems.

Collaborative working offers an opportunity to redress the balance and shift resources to where they can be used most effectively.

NHS Professionals are excited to host an interactive group session where delegates from both Trusts and ICS’s can work together to share experiences and opinions on how best to collaborate across locations and healthcare settings.

During this facilitated workshop, delegates will explore some of the solutions to any barriers and consider where we are on the journey to genuine collaborative working across the NHS.



Taking a Flexible Approach to the Total Workforce

Thursday 15th June | 1.00-1.30pm | Location: Exchange Hall | 30 mins

The NHS workforce has been under increasing pressure since the pandemic, and workload and wellbeing remain pressing concerns.

With this backdrop in mind, the panel discussion session will explore how we can optimise the people potential across health and care systems including:

  • championing the flexible workforce – valuing their education, training and career pathways in the same way as substantive staff
  • building better staff banks – taking an innovative approach to the use of staff banks including collaborative banks across integrated care systems
  • improving retention – through flexibility, inclusion and enhancing belonging.


Our Expert Panel

  • Chair: Dean Royles, Former President of HPMA
  • Paul Renshaw, Director of Workforce - ICS Devon Health and Social Care
  • Nicola McQueen, CEO NHS Professionals
  • Karen Bonner, Chief Nurse & Director for Infection Prevention & Control, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust



See more information about this year’s NHS ConfedExpo.