All Star Line Up at the Cardiff City Stadium for the HPMA Wales Annual Conference!

Over 150 people attended the HPMA Wales Conference “It’s all about the People – Collaboration and Co-ownership’ at the Cardiff City Stadium on 16th May which was chaired by Martin Jones, Workforce and OD Director for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

We were pleased to receive opening addresses from the Minister for Health & Social Services, Mark Drakeford and Julie Rogers, Head of Workforce and Organisational Development, NHS Wales. Mark Drakeford provided an insight into the concept of ‘Prudent Healthcare’ involving going back to basic diagnostic healthcare, the importance of early clinical triage and people taking responsibility for their own heath. Julie Rogers formally launched the new Competency Framework.

‘Excellent day, content and venue. Well organised. Interesting Speakers’

Keynote Speaker Steve Head from Steve Head Ltd – Speaking and Coaching Company both educated and entertained us by talking about ‘Making the 1% Difference’ where he suggested that a lot of issues within organisations are caused by increased stress, poor communication, a lack of trust and low morale. It is the little things that make the difference in the workplace. He also encouraged us to compile GOB lists (Glimpse of Brilliance) to remind us all of those times where we made a positive difference to someone else in our daily work lives.
‘Steve Head is the best motivational Speaker to date’

‘Steve Head was absolutely outstanding’

The afternoon commenced with interesting workshops including the HPMA Award winners Welsh Ambulance Service Trust giving their experience about ‘The Redesign of our Trust’. Helen Thomas from NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership talked about ‘The Power of ‘e’ in OD’. Mike Lewis from Hawliau Consultancy asked ‘Where have all the values gone?’ and Chris Hancock from 1000 Lives discussed ‘Using Human Factors to achieve High Reliability in Healthcare Organisations’.

‘Excellent Masterclasses – Speakers very knowledgeable – makes you think’

Dr Paul Thomas, Leadership Fellow – Hallam and Sheffield University Business School closed the conference with his challenging and thought provoking talk ‘Simplexity – lets make things simple’ where he spoke about the simple ways of improving leadership including stopping internal emails within organisations to encourage people to interact with each other more.

‘Dr Paul Thomas was really thought provoking – great’

‘Paul Thomas was amazing’

‘Excellent venue and hospitality – very interesting day to re focus the mind’

‘Really enjoyable and inspirational. Good ideas on improving our practice, on valuing people and getting the best out of them.’

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