Experts in health and social care will come together to discuss challenges and opportunities for the sector across England and Wales at leading law firm Blake Morgan’s upcoming Future Health Conference.
The conference – which takes place virtually from Tuesday 20 September – Thursday 22 September and culminates in an in-person event at the firm’s London office on Thursday 29 September – will draw on the expertise of Blake Morgan’s healthcare lawyers alongside specialists from across the wider industry.
At the event, experts from organisations including the CBI and the Welsh NHS Confederation will discuss key considerations for the sector over the coming years, focusing on topics from med-tech and workforce through to data protection and procurement. Speakers will look at how the healthcare sector is recovering from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, including health and care inequalities, capacity and resourcing challenges and workforce issues, as well as the innovations and developments needed to make healthcare fit and sustainable for the future.
Blake Morgan’s specialist healthcare team will discuss topics including the legal, structural and financial challenges of implementing new models of care including Integrated Care Systems; the future of primary care; and the emergence of med-tech and what that means for the future of the sector. An in-person event on Thursday 29 September will focus on how higher levels of care in care homes can be achieved through collaborative working and partnerships between public and private sector organisations.
The team will also include employment law experts, who will shed light on the challenges being faced by employers in health and social care, including managing the repercussions of the pandemic years and dealing with workforce fatigue, which remains one of the biggest challenges facing all parts of healthcare.
Commercial lawyers from Blake Morgan’s award-winning procurement team will tackle the topic of healthcare procurement – including how themes such as social value and net zero are becoming increasingly important and how operators should approach supplying healthcare bodies in the post-Brexit landscape. The firm’s team based in Wales will also discuss the state of health and care in Wales, and how the devolved system can continue to innovate to meet the needs of current and future generations.
Blake Morgan’s team – including its head of healthcare, Bruce Potter, partners Eve Piffaretti, Paula Kathrens, Joanne Thompson, Claire Rawle and Meera Jenson, and lawyers Rob Jefferies, Tomos Lewis, and Debra Gers – will be joined by experts from across the wider sector.
Speakers include Jordan Cummins, healthcare programme director at the CBI; Darren Hughes, director of the Welsh NHS Confederation; Professor Euan Hails MBE, director of clinical and therapeutic governance at Adferiad Recovery; Helen Howson, director at the Bevan Commission; Frank Ratliff, director of industry and innovation at Wessex Academy Health Science Network; and Laurence Pearce, founder and CEO at Lifelight.
Blake Morgan’s healthcare team works closely with clients across the public and private healthcare space, including the NHS, advising on issues of spanning regulatory compliance, structural change and mergers and acquisitions.
Eve Piffaretti, Partner at Blake Morgan says:
There’s no question the health and social care sector is still reeling from the challenges of the last few years – but with structural changes and new technologies on the horizon, there are opportunities ahead. This conference promises to be a fantastic opportunity to share knowledge, and showcase innovation and improved practice in the sector.
She added: “Post-pandemic, and with NHS and social care resources stretched like never before, it is essential that we work together as a sector to drive up standards and quality of care, bring in efficiencies and improvements where we can, and be bold about embracing new technologies and methods of working to benefit patients and taxpayers.”