Event / HFMA, SDN & FFF Eastern branch: annual conference 2022

00:00, 22 February 2022 – 00:00, 23 February 2022 Great North Road, Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire, MK44 3AL

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Following the success of our Eastern Annual Conference in 2021 jointly with SDN (Skills Development Network) and FFF (Future Focused Finance) we are excited to bring you a fun packed Eastern Conference in 2022 over 2 days. The conference will be a hybrid of in person (subject to government guidelines on face-to-face events) and online as we continue to take advantage of accessibility that technology brings to expand the reach of our events.

Our theme this year is ‘United we stand, divided we fail’, the schedule is exciting and includes a line-up of some fantastic speakers, including something for everyone.  From top headliners, motivational speakers, and patients’ stories, to sessions that cover current developments in the NHS, supported by workshops that you can elect to attend on the day, this is your one stop shop for personal development alongside an opportunity to network with colleagues from across the Region. For attendees who are qualified, this event alone will go a long way towards delivering your CPD requirements.

Tickets are available for individual days (in person and online) or for the full two-day conference (in person or online).  In person attendance is encouraged and the conference will follow strict COVID measures.

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural HFMA Branch awards, this year we will be offering a residential option and awards dinner to celebrate the achievements of East of England branch award winners.

Places for the gala dinner are limited; we are operating a ballot for FREE places at the gala dinner and accommodation.  As the regional DOFs meeting will be held at the conference, several places have been reserved to cover these members.  Applications for dinner and accommodation tickets will be closed on 7 February and a ballot held if there are insufficient tickets available.  You will be informed of the outcome of the ballot.  If your application for a ballot ticket is not successful, you will automatically be given a two-day Face to Face ticket.

What’s more; this year it is FREE to all NHS staff.


Making time matter with Intelligent Automation
Darren Atkins, Chief Technology Officer, Royal Free London NHS FT
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Things to think about when integrating
William Roberts, Director of Health Inequalities, Impact and Learning, Innovation Unit
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An ICS perspective
Henry Black, Acting Accountable Officer of NEL Health & Care Partnership
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The Modern Finance Professional
Professor Tony Young OBE, National Clinical Lead for Innovation, NHS England and Improvement
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Diversity in the finance community
Moji Fasanya, Head of Commissioning Finance, NHS England and Improvement
Don Richards, Chief Financial Officer, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Saba Sadiq, Director of Finance, The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust
Maria Wheeler, Executive Director of Finance, Performance and Improvement, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS FT
Zoe Pietrzak, Director of Operational Finance, NHS England and NHS Improvement
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Introducing the One NHS Finance Strategy & National Finance Academy
Mike Keech, Chief Finance Officer, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS FT
Daryl Cockman, Head of Financial Development, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS FT
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The realities of integration – the Connect programme
Ric Whalley, Partner, Newton Europe
Dawn Scrafield, Chief Finance Officer, Mid and South Essex NHS FT
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Empowering the Workforce of the Future
Rob McCargow, Technology Impact Leader, PwC UK & EMEA Consulting
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Presidents Address
Owen Harkin, President, HFMA
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NHSEI update
Jeff Buggle, Regional director of finance, NHS England and NHS Improvement
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Eastern Branch awards presentation
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  • Owen Harkin
  • Marie Gabriel CBE
  • Professor Tony Young OBE
  • Anthony Bennett
  • Baroness Floella Benjamin DBE DL
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