We were delighted to welcome colleagues from the UK and beyond to Celtic Manor for ALF 2023, which was held on 2 & 3 October 2023, and our thanks go to all delegates, speakers and sponsors who joined us.
Around 400 participants came together to network, listen, learn and share at ALF 2023. “Making the urgent and emergency care connection” – along with exploring the welfare of staff and organisational culture – were the main themes of a very full agenda.
Speakers joining us included Matthew Taylor, CEO of NHS Confederation, whose system knowledge and experience of in-depth analysis provided both insights and challenges.
Opening the conference was Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Health and Social Services in Wales. Suzanne Rastrick OBE, Prof Sir Keith Willett and popular medic and broadcaster Prof Kevin Fong OBE also addressed delegates over a packed two days.
We were thrilled to welcome Nazir Afzal OBE. Renowned as the former Chief Crown Prosecutor for NW England as well as the previous CEO of the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners, Nazir led the independent culture review of London Fire Brigade and delivered some pertinent observations, guidance and challenges to the ambulance sector.
Marc Thomas, Director of out of Hospital Urgent and Emergency Care, also shared his strategic thinking around sector service delivery along with Jayne Chidgey-Clark, National Guardian who spoke of her reflections on this year’s ‘Speak Up’ review – and how to amplify the improvements for improving culture in ambulance services.
We were pleased that ALF was again chaired by Lena Samuels, Chair of the Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board and immediate past Chair of South Central Ambulance Service. Her breadth of experience and compassionate insight always ensures that ALF remains topical and relevant.
National Ambulance Diversity & Inclusion Forum
We also welcomed delegates to join us for a National Ambulance Diversity and Inclusion Forum (NADIF) hosted session, that considered how we can collectively make the ambulance sector less impervious to equality, diversity and inclusion.
The purpose of this session was three-fold:
- To bring together individuals who are leading on EDI and its many components across the ambulance sector and celebrate their efforts and commitment to this agenda.
- To collectively consider how we can make EDI more mainstream within the sector – on both trust and national levels.
- To galvanise our collective and individual efforts – for our patients and service users, as well as employees, volunteers and students.
Our thanks go to national peer support group chairs / representatives, Dawn Whelan, Alistair Gunn and Simon Linton, for their input into the design and delivery of this session as well as other colleagues.
Conference Partner and Sponsors
We would like to thank our conference partner Hybrid Connex / Excelerate along with our Gold, Silver and Bronze conference sponsors.