Convergence 2.0

Encompassing the annual provider and commissioning faculty conferences

05 July 2018 - 06 July 2018

East Midlands Conference Centre

**Day tickets now available**
 Download programme from link above

The Convergence Conference returns on the 5-6 July, bringing providers and commissioners together to facilitate networking and shared learning. Since the creation of STPs and with the movement towards accountable care, roles of providers and commissioners are becoming increasingly blurred.

National policy is aligning more organisations from health and care. Systematic issues around governance, payment and contracting are being discussed at length, without a “one size fits all” solution. Cultural issues around different organisations working together is introducing a wave of fast-paced and widespread change to peoples everyday working lives, which newly appointed system leaders need to manage effectively.


Jim Mackey CEO at Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT
Elizabeth O'Mahony chief financial officer at NHS Improvement
Claire Murdoch national mental health director at NHS England and Chief Executive at Central and North West London NHS FT
Anita Charlesworth CBE Director of research and economics at the Health Foundation
Marcus Pratt programme director - finance & system efficiency at Nottingham and Nottinghamshire STP
David Pearson chair of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust
Gary Andrews senior pricing development manager at NHS England
Nigel Fosterdirector of finance at Frimley Health NHS FT
Mike Hannay managing director at East Midlands Health Innovation Network

Anthony Bennett (‘Miracle Man’) patient speaker
Kriss Akabusimotivational speaker and olympian
Jo Caufield comedian 

+ Many more...

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Getting here

East Midlands Conference Centre, Beeston Lane, Nottingham, NG7 2RJ

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Travelling by train

The nearest stations are Beeston Station and Nottingham Station. To get from Nottingham train station to the East Midlands Conference Centre you can:

  • Get the Tram from outside the station to ‘University Boulevard’. The trams come every 10 minutes.
  • Get the number 35 or 36 centrelink bus from outside the station to ‘Wollaton Park Gates.’ The number 35 and 36 centrelink bus comes every 10 minutes.
  • Walk to the ‘Central College’ bus stop and take the number 21 or 14 bus to ‘Wollaton Park Gates.’ The number 21 and 14 bus comes every 10 minutes.

Travelling by car

The venue is just of the M1 if you are coming from the North. if you are coming from the South you can reach the venue by coming off the M42. Use the postcode (NG7 2RJ) to find the conference centre. Delegates are entitled to free parking.

Travelling by plane

East Midlands Airport is 14 miles from De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre via the M1 North. There is a regular Skylink Nottingham bus from the airport directed to Broad Marsh Bus Station—minutes from the hotel.
Opening keynote
Jim Mackey, CEO, Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT

Built to last: Nottinghamshire’s unified vision of healthcare
David Pearson, Chair and Marcus Pratt, Finance Lead, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Health & Care STP, Simon Crowther, Director of Finance, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS FT & Tracy Taylor, CEO, Nottinghamshire University Hospitals NHS FT

Integrated Support and Assurance Process (ISAP): Co-ordinated and collaborative contracting
Matthew Gamage, Head of Financial Management, NHS Dudley CCG and Paul Twigg, Senior Finance Lead, NHS England

The journey to integrated care
Rebecca Larder, Programme Director and Tim Guyler, Director of Improvement and Integration, Greater Nottingham Transformation Partnership 

The changing role of commissioning finance: Case study on integration in North East Lincolnshire
Laura Whitton, Chief Finance Officer, NHS North East Lincolnshire (NEL) CCG

Alliance contracting can it help partners to deliver integrated care?
Christian Dingwall, Partner, Hempsons, and Rebecca Murphy, Partnership Director, Healthier Wigan Partnership

Integrated Care Systems (ICSs): Developing payment systems 
Gary Andrews, Senior Pricing Development Manager, NHS England

Taking Healthcare Home: Realising the value of empowering patients to manage their own treatment
Nicola Sturt, Market Access Director, Baxter Healthcare Limited, Dr Richard Fluck, Consultant Nephrologist, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS FT and Chair of Think Kidneys programme and Tim Hills, Lead Pharmacist Antimicrobials and Infection Control, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

The future role of commissioning finance
John Dowell, Chief Finance Officer, NHS South Devon and Torbay CCG

Mental health integration working in an ICS an early view
Simon Crowther, Executive Director of Finance, Nottingham Healthcare NHS FT

Contracting: the past, the present, the future
Peter Saunders, Director of Healthcare Assurance at Grant Thornton UK LLP

The role of governance in transforming care
Arif Hossain, Policy Advisor - Strategy, NHS Improvement and Lisa Robertson, Policy and Research Manager, HFMA

The NHS at 70 and how we make it to 100
Mike Hannay, Managing Director, East Midlands Academic Health Science Network & member of the Health Innovation Network, Claire Murdoch, CEO, Central & North West London NHS FT and National Mental Health Director for NHS England, Mark Mansfield, Regional Director of Finance, Midlands & East, NHS Improvement

Looking to the future: Creating a sustainable NHS
Robert Baker, Technical Services Manager, Care Without Carbon as part of Sussex Community NHS FT

Building your career in NHS Finance, opportunities for development
Emily Osgood, Head of Awarding Organisation, HFMA, David Ellcock, Programme Director, Future Focused Finance and John Dowell, Chief Finance Officer, NHS South Devon and Torbay CCG

Achieving better CHC financial control using digital care plans across care settings
Stuart Bailey, Solution Director, CHKS Continuing Healthcare & Dawn Gorham, CHC Finance Lead, NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG

Improving Collaboration with Future- Focused Finance’s ‘Four Strengths’
Gayle Wells, Strategic Business Accountant, Mersey Care NHS FT

Integrated care systems: moving from theory to practice
Nigel Foster, Director of Finance and IM&T, Frimley Health NHS FT
Mark Orchard, Director of Finance, Poole Hospital NHS FT
Rebecca Clegg, Chief Finance Officer, Berkshire West CCGs

FIT for the future Kriss Akabusi MBE
Feedback from 2017

"... the key note speakers were very interesting and insightful" 

"Learnt lots about ACOs. Got real sense of a shared destiny and some good honest discussion about the challenges"

"I felt the conference content was extremely relevant"

"I found the Accountable Care System and The Power of Partnership sessions interesting and thought provoking. Both sessions highlighted useful practical examples"

"The interaction makes it easier to appreciate and understand the challenges on both sides of the fence"

"Presentation from Guy's and St Thomas' CEO was inspirational"