The CfWI Annual Conference 2012

The CfWI's third Annual Conference: National intelligence – local leadership, securing the future workforce supply took place this year in two centres: London on 15 October 2012 and Leeds on 18 October 2012.

Over 430 attendees gathered to discuss workforce planning around health and social care.

A couple of short films providing highlights from both London and Leeds are also available to view below.

View highlights from the London conference:

Delegates at the CfWI Annual Conference in London on 15 October 2012.


View highlights from the Leeds conference:

The CfWI's third Annual Conference in Leeds


The events were opened by CfWI Chief Executive Peter Sharp, with the conference offering delegates the chance to listen to a range of interesting keynote speakers including:

  • Professor Dame Carol Black, Chair of the CfWI Governance Board
  • Charlie Massey, Director General for External Relations, Department of Health
  • Jamie Rentoul, Director for Workforce Development, Department of Health
  • Dr Glen Mason, Director for People, Communities and Local Government, Department of Health
  • Dean Royles, Director, NHS Employers
  • Dr George Lueddeke, Consultant in Higher and Medical Education Development, GRL CHMED Consulting
  • Professor Peter Brooks, Director of the Australian Health Workforce Institute
  • Ali Parsa, Chief Executive, Circle Partnership UK
  • Mark Goldring CBE, Chief Executive, Mencap
  • Roy Taylor CBE, Vice Chair of the CfWI Governance Board
  • Sue Covill, Director of Employment Services, NHS Employers
  • Sarah Pickup, President, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
  • Dr Chai Patel CBE FRCP, Chairman of HC-One
  • Alison Innes-Farquhar, Head of Employee Engagement,

The CfWI team and partners ran a number of breakout sessions focusing on different areas of workforce planning which are linked to and support key deliverables from the workstreams identified in the CfWI's Business Plan. There was also a Question Time session at both conferences in the afternoon.

Delegates also enjoyed the opportunity to see the launch of our horizon scanning website, to add their comments to the graffiti board, to tweet their responses to the questions under discussion and to see the CfWI poster competition entries.

The poster competition shortlisted entries were judged on the day by CfWI Governance Board member, Roy Taylor CBE. The competition provided a unique opportunity to showcase examples of innovative approaches to workforce planning and development.

Congratulations to Concentra the winner at the London conference and Northern Deanery the winner at the Leeds conference! View the winning posters.

Thanks to all those people who followed us on Twitter @c4WI and tweeted updates from the conference via #cfwi2012.

We value your feedback of what you thought of the CfWI Annual Conference and would appreciate if you can download and complete our evaluation form.