Day one – 13 March 2019

Chaired by Victoria MacDonald, Journalist and broadcaster

9.45am – Welcome and introduction

  • Victoria MacDonald

9.55am – It’s the little things that matter

Celebrating nursing and midwifery staff

  • Liz O’Riordan, Consultant Breast Surgeon with recurrent breast cancer

10.30am – Keynote address

  • Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England

11.15am – Creating a positive practice environment

  • Carolyn Fox, Chief Nurse, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (by video)
  • Natalie Green, Interim Deputy Director of Nursing, Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
  • Moya Flaherty, Head of Professional and Practice Development, Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

11.45am – Break

12.15pm – Parallel breakout sessions

Building #teamCNO

  • Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England and team
  • Regional Chief Nurses

Children and young people

  • Kath Evans, Director of Children’s Nursing, Barts Health NHS Trust and Experience of Care Lead – Maternity, Infants, Children and Young People, NHS England
  • Wendy Nicholson MBE, National Lead Nurse for Children, Young People and Families, Public Health England
  • Angela Horsley, Interim Clinical Director – Maternity and Children, NHS Improvement

All Our Health: Driving professional leadership in preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing

  • Professor Jamie Waterall, National Lead for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Associate Deputy Chief Nurse at Public Health England
  • Teresa Chinn MBE, WeCommunities Founder, Registered Nurse and Social Media Specialist

Leading safety improvements in IPC: National hand hygiene policy for England

  • Hilary Garratt CBE, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England
  • Linda Dempster, Head of Infection, Prevention and Control, NHS Improvement
  • Craig Bradley, Associate Chief Nurse, Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Lisa Ritchie, NHS Improvement IPC Fellow, Nurse Consultant Infection Control, Health Protection Scotland

Using technology for good: Rosters and Apps and how to ensure they support retention, safety and attainment (Sponsored by Allocate Software)

  • Lyn McIntyre MBE, UK Director of Healthcare, Allocate
  • Mike Wright, Deputy Chief Executive/Chief Nurse at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

13.00pm – Lunch

13.15pm – Sponsored fringe sessions

Sponsored fringe session – RCNi

Enhancing effective clinical decision making in nursing using a multimedia platform

  • Dr Richard Hatchett, Senior Nurse Editor, RCNi (part of the Royal College of Nursing group)

Sponsored fringe session – Nursing and Midwifery Council

NMC: A new approach to resolving concerns

  • Matthew McClelland, Director, Fitness to Practise, Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Lucy Dennett OBE, Assistant Director, Employer Link Service, Fitness to Practise, Nursing and Midwifery Council

14.30pm – Maternity / midwifery

  • Sarah-Jane Marsh, Chief Executive Officer, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Chair, Maternity Transformation Programme
  • Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE, Head of Maternity, Children and Young People, NHS England
  • Gill Walton, Chief Executive, Royal College of Midwives
  • Vicky Hine, new mother

15.15pm – Parallel breakout sessions


  • Hilary Garratt CBE, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England
  • Ruth Holt, Director of Nursing, Independent Care Sector Regional Lead, NHS England
  • Dr Joanne Fillingham, Clinical Director Allied Health Professions and Deputy Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS Improvement

Co-production, person centredness and leading across organisational boundaries

  • Avril Devaney MBE, Director of Nursing, Therapies and Patient Partnership, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Professor Oliver Shanley OBE, Regional Chief Nurse (London Region), NHS England/NHS Improvement

“Oliver’s story”

  • Paula McGowan
  • David Harling, Head of Learning Disability, NHS Improvement

Swimming from the shallows to the deep end – safety & quality in bank management, collaborative banks and in flexible working (Sponsored by NHS Professionals)

  • Helen Thompson, Director of Clinical Governance, NHS Professionals
  • Karen Barraclough, Chief Nurse and Head of Clinical Governance, NHS Professionals
  • Margaret Verghese, Head of Risk, Senior Nurse, NHS Professionals

16.00pm – Break

16.30pm – CNO Summit 2019 – keynote address

  • Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England
    • Introduced by Gavin Harding MBE, Learning Disability Adviser, NHS England, with
    • Maddison Donnelly and Amy Donnelly, and
    • B Positive choir

17.30pm – Closing day one

19.15pm – Informal networking supper