At NHS ConfedExpo 2023, we will have a stream of cabaret-style rooms dedicated to in-depth and engaging workshops exploring the opportunities and solutions presented by the most important developments and challenges for the health and care sector.
- To create a sense of shared ownership, understanding and purpose across the NHS and partners about how we can use new ways of working to address the key challenges and optimise opportunities.
- To create space and time for open discussions about what systems need to succeed.
- To explore what good looks like, with an emphasis on impact and outcomes for health and care systems and the communities they serve.
- To provide inspiration/motivation/opportunities to share good practice and for adaption and adoption locally
Format and objectives
NB: These sessions will be 75 minutes long for NHS England/NHS Confed session leads. Commercial partners will be given up to 90 minutes for these sessions, in line with contracts.
These sessions are focused on engagement with delegates, with the main focus of the session being on in-depth discussions and table work to explore three specific Key Lines of Enquiry.
- More than half of attendees at NHS ConfedExpo are Heads of Department or more senior. The workshop/seminar sessions are designed to support in-depth engagement with the individuals who will be making key decisions and/or implementing change in their own organisations and systems.
- The insights gathered from this table work should be taken forward post-event by the team(s) leading the session as they continue to develop policy and practice within the session topic.
- Personnel should include:
- One Chair overseeing and hosting the session
- Facilitators for table work – these facilitators should be subject matter experts from the NHS system, and partner organisations.
The session agenda should be similar to the following:
5 minutes - Chair to set the scene, purpose of the session and outcomes. They should introduce the experts / facilitators
15 minutes - Experts / facilitators introduce the session's key lines of enquiry and the context behind them
30 minutes - Facilitated table work and discussion to explore the key line of enquiry
20 minutes - Groups to feed back main learning points
5 minutes - Closing remarks by Chair and exports / facilitators focused on outcomes and next steps
(The format can be different from the above example, as long as the focus is on group engagement and discussion.)
Delegates could be presented with examples and key issues relevant to the session topic, and supported to discuss these in a structured way within the workshop/seminar. Session leads should consider how delegates will be supported to interact with the session topic in creative and interactive ways.
Role of Chair:
- To introduce the session
- To introduce facilitators and Key Lines of Inquiry for discussion
- To chair an open and inclusive feedback session – ensuring that a range of voices and perspectives are represented
Role of facilitators
- To support the Chair in introducing the Key Lines of Enquiry for the session
- To support each table of delegates to discuss each Key Line of Enquiry
- To ensure delegates’ views and insights against each KLOE are recorded for future use in policy and practice development.
Session format principles
- NHS ConfedExpo is a joint conference and all sessions must be developed in full partnership between NHS England and NHS Confederation.
- Focus on the most important opportunities and challenges within your theme area
- More than half of attendees at NHS ConfedExpo are Heads of Department or more senior. The cabaret-style breakout sessions are designed to support in-depth engagement with the individuals who will be making key decisions and/or implementing change in their own organisations.
- Roving mics will be available, along with screens, flipcharts etc
- The topic under discussion, as well as the key aspects to be explored by delegates, must be fully agreed by both NHS England and NHS Confederation.
Cabaret style (round tables seating 6). Capacity dependent on room, but ranges 120 - 180
Note to commercial partners - This is referred to as a 1.5 hour theatre session in your contract.