QualityWatch 2015 conference

Our 2015 conference will explore the implications for quality as NHS and social care services deliver the Five Year Forward View under renewed financial pressures.

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Published: 24/08/2015

QualityWatch 2015: will quality withstand the squeeze?

Date: 2 November 2015
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London W1W 6JJ.

Quality of care and efficiency of health services are in the spotlight. An independent review by Lord Carter of Coles on NHS efficiencies and a national review of maternity services emphasise the continuing focus on improving quality and efficiency. As the new Government seeks to put the NHS and social care on a long-term, sustainable footing, what are the prospects for quality?

The annual QualityWatch conference brings together national policy makers and clinical leaders to discuss the current state of quality, the trends shown by the QualityWatch data and the implications for future quality as NHS and social care services work to deliver the Five Year Forward View under renewed financial pressures.

We will look at the latest findings from the QualityWatch programme and explore topical questions including:

  • What quality and data implications arise from the Five Year Forward View's new models of care?
  • How can quality and efficiency be balanced? Is there a trade-off and what is the minimum level of quality we should accept?
  • How can the workforce best meet future quality challenges?

QualityWatch is a joint research programme from the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation. This conference is an invitation-only, free-to-attend event for decision-makers working in government, parliament, national stakeholder bodies and arm’s length bodies; clinical and managerial leaders from across the NHS and local government; the voluntary sector and academia.

Programme for the day





Registration and refreshments

Session 1: Understanding the current state of quality


Welcome and setting the context

Professor Nick Black, Professor of Health Services Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


Insights into QualityWatch:  What does the data tell us and what is important to measure?

Dr Martin Bardsley, Director of Research, Nuffield Trust


How is quality faring: Priorities and impact on the frontline

Professor Tim Evans, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust  


Panel discussion: Quality in context

Chair: Dr Jennifer Dixon CBE, Chief Executive, The Health Foundation


Anita Charlesworth, Chief Economist, The Health Foundation

Dr Mark Temple, Future Hospital Officer, Royal College of Physicians and Consultant Nephrologist, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

Gerald Crofton-Martin, Director of Quality and Evidence, Healthwatch England 

Howard Catton, Head of Policy and International Affairs, Royal College of Nursing 


Morning refreshments

Session 2: Parallel sessions


  1.  Trends in hospital use for people with mental ill health

Holly Dorning, Research Analyst, Nuffield Trust

2: How can we build and maintain a high quality workforce

Chair: Candace Imison, Director of Healthcare Systems, Nuffield Trust

Professor Martin Roland CBE, Professor of Health Services Research, University of Cambridge

3: Quality in urgent and emergency care

Lynne Hallam, Clinical Director, County Health Partnerships, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Conor Burke, Chief Officer, Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Groups (BHR CCGs)



Session 3: Quality in the future NHS


Chair's welcome

Emma Rourke, Director of Intelligence, Care Quality Commission


Delivering the 5YFV new models of care: What are the quality and data implications?

Charles Tallack, Head of NHS Operational Research and Evaluation, NHS England

Anna Middlemiss, Deputy Director of Public Health, Wakefield Council 


Maintaining high quality care whilst delivering efficiencies

Speaker tbc


Panel discussion: What level of quality should we accept?

Chair: Nigel Edwards, Chief Executive, Nuffield Trust


Professor Sir Mike Richards, Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Care Quality Commission

Jeremy Taylor, Chief Executive, National Voices

Dr Mando Watson, Consultant Paediatrician, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Andrew Webster, Associate Director for Health and Care Integration, Local Government Association


Chair’s closing remarks

Chair: Emma Rourke, Director of Intelligence, Care Quality  Commission


Afternoon refreshments will be served at the close of the event.

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