Speakers from across industry and the health service discussed and debated the big issues including partnership working, value and the future shape of the NHS.
You can read key speeches from Simon Jose, Paul Catchpole and Pete Butterfield and download John Murray's presentation on Specialised commissioning (PDF, 244KB).
Also at the conference, the ABPI hosted an NHS Futures Forum event for member companies to feed into the listening exercise.
Members welcomed the return of Chris Brinsmead to the conference in his role as Life Sciences adviser and were pleased to hear key messages about support for industry and growth. At the evening dinner, the Earl Howe reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to measures to encourage growth and research and development from the Growth Review. President Simon Jose told the assembled members and guests, including patient groups and Royal Colleges, that a key issue for better patient care would be better update of new and innovative medicines in the NHS.
The dinner was also the last farewell from Dr Richard Barker who stepped down as Director General. He thanked members and staff for their support during his seven years and looked forward to a vision for industry where partnership working was the norm. President Simon Jose praised Richard for his passion and commitment and in particular, his achievements in bringing organisations to work together. Members and guests at the conference were delighted to have the opportunity to meet Stephen Whitehead, who starts in his role on Wednesday 2 June.