Webinar: The Future of the NHS - a cross sector perspective

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The nation’s health has perhaps never been so keenly observed, and discussed, as during the months since the UK’s first lockdown in March. We are delighted to invite you to this panel event, bringing together senior cross-sector stakeholders to share their thoughts on what’s next for the NHS at this crucial juncture.

Join us live for your opportunity to:

  • Discuss challenges such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, future funding, and supply chain dynamics outside of the EU. 
  • Explore the potential long-term impact of the pandemic, and how that might contribute to existing dynamics such as a more preventative approach, and broader understanding, of health care.
  • Consider how the NHS might change or adapt in the future.
  • Hear how organisations across the sectors can support health care provision across the UK as we look towards 2021. 
  • Pose your questions to our expert speakers.


  • Prof. Amanda Howe OBE FRCGP


    Royal College of General Practitioners

    Amanda Howe qualified as MRCGP in 1983, has worked as a GP since 1984, and currently practices at Bowthorpe Surgery in Norwich.  She is also Professor of Primary Care at the University of East Anglia.  She has a wealth of experience within RCGP, where she has previously held the positions of Vice Chair of Professional Development and Honorary Secretary. She is a Board member of the East Anglia Faculty and was their Provost 2016-2019. She is also the immediate past President of WONCA – the World Organisation of Family Doctors – in which role she learned how crucial the role of GPs is to running effective and efficient health systems. Amanda has a substantive track record in educational innovation and research, and has led the GP teaching for the Norwich based MB BS since its inception.  She is passionate about enhancing training opportunities for medical students and young doctors outside hospital settings to strengthen patient care in community settings.  Her research interests include mental health, professionalism and resilience, and effective empowerment of patients and professionals in care, education and research. Her wish as President is to bring her experience to support members, and continue our learning together.

  • Birju Bartoli

    Executive Director of Performance and Improvement

    Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

    Birju Bartoli was named Executive Director of Performance and Improvement in 2018 having previously been Executive Director of Systems, Strategy and Transformation. 
    She was the project director for the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital which opened in June 2015, the first hospital of its kind in the UK. 
    Birju has worked for the trust since 2003 when she joined as an NHS management trainee and over the years has worked in a number of operational areas from manager to deputy director level. 
    Birju, in her Executive Director role, currently has responsibility for a corporate and operational portfolio including; Medicine and Emergency Care, Child Health, Clinical Support and Cancer Services, Strategy, IT and information, clinical operations, risk, performance, regulation and improvement.  
    She holds a number of healthcare qualifications including an applied biochemistry degree and a PhD in cancer research 

  • Dame Una O'Brien

    Former Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health, Trustee

    Macmillan Cancer & London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

    Between 2010 and 2016, Dame Una O’Brien was Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health. 
    During a career in government, health and the NHS, Una advised Ministers and politicians across the political spectrum.   She worked principally at the Department of Health, but also held roles in the House of Commons; the Prime Minister's Efficiency Unit; the Department for Transport and at University College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.  Una has extensive experience of public inquiries.  In the late 1990's she was Secretary to the Bristol Children’s Heart Surgery Public Inquiry, one of the largest inquiries at that time into the quality of care in the NHS.  Later, at the Department of Health, she sponsored a number of major investigations, including the Mid-Staffs. Public Inquiry. Between 2017 and 2020, Una was the independent panellist and expert advisor on the Civil Service at the Renewable Heat Incentive Public Inquiry in Belfast.  Known as the ‘cash for ash scandal’, the inquiry was established to address wide-ranging allegations that had led to the collapse of Northern Ireland’s devolved government. Currently, Una serves as a trustee on the Boards of Macmillan Cancer, the Ashmolean Museum and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.   



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