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Our Guide to the best Q4 and Q1 events in 2024 for Primary Care Network Leaders

Updated: Jun 5

At THC Primary Care, we provide resources for Primary Care leaders, and we try to give you as much FREE content as we can, alongside our day job of managing Primary Care Networks.

In this blog, we provide our winter guide to events covering:

🎯 Pulse PCN events

🎯 Best Practice London

🎯 NHS Confederation Primary Care Conference

🎯 The HealthTechX Summit 2024

🎯 PCN Plus LIVE 2024

🎯 The Digital Healthcare Show

🎯 National Conference in Personalised Care 2024

🎯 All the best and most relevant webinars in January 2024

It might seem impossible (especially while we are deep in the winter pressure period) to even consider taking time out to attend an event, but the opportunities and insights on offer to Primary Care leaders cannot be underestimated.

Having space away from the nine-to-five to collect your thoughts, network, learn from others and potentially tap into additional support (to name but a few advantages) makes attending events and webinars a hugely worthwhile investment.

Let’s jump in!


our guide to the best Q4 & Q1 events in 2024 for PCN leaders

Various dates across 2024 in four regional locations

Why attend?

The team behind the award-winning Pulse magazine and Pulse LIVE events will be running a series of discussion forums throughout 2024, which have been specifically created for PCN Clinical Directors, PCN Managers and senior staff.

Offering face-to-face events in London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester, each session provides an opportunity to discuss the major challenges affecting PCNs and enhances education on regulation, revenue, clinical services, staffing, and more.

The event format balances expert sessions alongside peer networking, and an opportunity to engage with a handpicked selection of leading suppliers within the exhibition hall.

The aim of these events is to provide senior PCN staff with advice and guidance on running a network and offer practical take-aways which can be put into place to enact real change.

You can find out more about these sessions and register here.



28 – 29 February 2024

Olympia London (National Hall)

Why attend?

Alongside the autumn event in Birmingham, Best Practice London is a FREE event which provides another opportunity for GPs and their general practice colleagues to access valuable content to enhance and support their continuing professional development.

The programme is carefully tailored to meet the CPD requirements of healthcare professionals with clinical content which closely aligns with the RCGP curriculum and, for the first time, includes a live event focused on Women's Health Professional Care - providing even more educational content, products and solutions, and networking opportunities.

There is a huge amount of choice when it comes to the available sessions at Best Practice, with six well-known conference and workshop theatres returning to provide world-class content for GPs, Practice Managers, Practice Nurses, Practice Pharmacists, Dispensing Doctors, and other ARRS roles.

You can find out more about Best Practice London and register for your place here.


28 February 2024

Venue – 155 Bishopsgate, London

Why attend?

Planned with the current Primary Care backdrop in mind [ improved access to services; workforce challenges, debate about new GP and PCN contracts, the role of primary care at scale and a fast-approaching general election] as well as acknowledging the opportunities at play, the theme of this year’s NHS Confederation Primary Care Conference is ‘Primary care at the interface - maximising the opportunity of greater connection in neighbourhood, place and system’.

The event provides a forum for those working in Primary Care to come together with local and national local experts, and inspirational speakers, to examine what changes and ways of working need to be implemented in order to improve patient care, sustain primary care, and drive change and innovation.

Over the course of the day, you will be able to participate in discussions focused on the following topics and themes:

Reimagining the future of primary care

Alternative approaches to commissioning primary medical services

The role of primary care as an economic anchor

Addressing health inequalities through greater collaboration with pharmacy

Primary care provider collaboratives

Delivering integrated care across the primary and secondary interface

Integrated Neighbourhood Teams

Leadership development as a pre-requisite for new models of care

Primary Care members are entitled to two complimentary places for their organisation. For more information and to sign up, click here.


28 February 2024

The Hurlingham Club, London

Why attend?

HealthTechX aims to connect the global health technology community and accelerate the positive impact of technology within healthcare by channelling industry insights, trends, and ideas via a series of editorials, reports, and thought-leadership summits.

The theme of this year’s annual summit is the future of chronic care and brings together a carefully curated community of leaders for a day of thought-leadership, collaboration, and networking over an extended sit-down lunch.

You can expect:

To hear from a diverse range of stakeholders who will speak on the enablement of advancements in chronic care and improving patient outcomes.

A unique opportunity to network and form connections, face-to-face, with industry leaders and enablers.

Promotion of the most forward-thinking, innovative companies, showcasing their solutions to underpin advancements in healthcare.

To take a seat at the HealthTechX awards recognising contributions to the digitisation of the health industry through innovation and business growth.

So, whether you’re digitally savvy or not, if you’re interested in the healthtech space, or what tech can do to support innovation in your own area, this could be the event for you.

To find out more and to register your interest, you can click here.


17 April 2024

Nottingham Trent University

Why attend?

Full disclosure; our very own Tara forms part of the team delivering this unique and exclusive full-day event in April!

What do we feel sets the event apart from others?

Our diverse group of facilitators who bring to the table a truly holistic mix of skills and experience within primary care. We are experts in business transformation, optimisation and best practice, leadership and management, digital innovation, primary care consultancy and clinical trailblazers too. Our event is one of a kind because it is delivered by PCN leaders, for PCN leaders.

Taking place after the existing five-year primary care contract (and current PCN DES) ends, the aim of the day is to support networks and their leaders in understanding and getting the best from the 2024/25 contract. We will:

Outline the new plans and discuss what is next for PCNs

Showcase relevant best practice

Explore the possibilities and opportunities within the new plans

Identify potential challenges and pitfalls and how these can be overcome

Offer practical advice for practices and PCNs to prepare for the changes

Our event is free to attend for all PCN senior leaders and their leadership teams and we are additionally welcoming a select number of sponsors to participate fully, to enhance and inform discussions on the day.

Places will be limited so check out our page here for full information and to sign up.

We’d love to see you there!


24 – 25 April 2024

ExCel London

Why attend?

Following continued demand (and five years within Health Plus Care), the Digital Healthcare Show is now an event in its own right in 2024!

The summit plays host to over 2000 digital, tech, data, innovation, and transformation leaders from public and private healthcare - bringing together NHS, local government, ICSs, Trusts, ALBs, HINs, and independent healthcare providers all under one roof for knowledge sharing, education, and networking.

You can expect a captivating and thought-provoking two-day agenda which explores the challenges of achieving digital maturity through holistic transformation. The carefully curated programme interrogates practical steps for success, current tech applications, and tangible transformation methodologies, drawing on topical themes such as workforce transformation, virtual care, data and analytics, and digital inclusion.

The Digital Healthcare Show is free to attend for all healthcare professionals, and you can find out all you need to know on their dedicated website.

8th May 2024

Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University

The event is aimed at health and wellbeing coaches (HWBC), care co-ordinators, link workers (SPLWs) and their management as well as being relevant to those in wider community, policy and voluntary roles. The day will include a focus on the value of creating and maintaining integrated personalised care teams. CPD on this day will include applying lifestyle medicine approaches, working in groups, developing coaching practice and new thinking regarding chronic pain. It will be an important opportunity to connect with others in the field of person-centred care and to think collectively about how to create and sustain a coaching culture in the NHS.

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Webinars which are also worth considering...

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Tuesday 18th June,

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Wednesday 12th June

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For additional information on upcoming webinars covering topics such as data quality and end-of-year priorities, please refer to Ardens upcoming webinar support article.


And finally...

We are The Official Webinar Partner of 2024 for Best Practice London & Birmingham 2024.

There have been three webinars so far and you can catch up on them all here, we have covered the role of the Digital and Transformation Lead, 3 Dimensional Health Care & The role of the PCN Pharmacist and Pharmacy Tech and how the role is evolving.

And that’s it!

We hope there is something here for everyone. 😊



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About the Author

Tara Humphrey CEO THC Primary Care

I'm Tara; I am the founder of THC Primary Care, an award-winning healthcare consultancy specialising in Primary Care Network Management and the host of the Business of Healthcare Podcast, where we have now published over 300 episodes.

I have over 20 years of project management and business development experience across the private and public sectors, and I have supported over 120 PCNs by providing interim management, training and consultancy.

I have managed teams across multiple sites and countries; I have an MBA in Leadership and Management in Healthcare, I'm published in the London Journal of Primary Care, and I am the author of over 250 blogs.

I have 3 children. My eldest has Asthma, my middle child has a kidney condition called Nephrotic Syndrome, and my youngest daughter has Type 1 Diabetes, so outside of work, healthcare plays a huge role in my life.


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