Summer Drinks Reception with Niall Dickson | Event Report

Last week, the Health and Social Care team hosted Niall Dickson CBE, Chief Executive of NHS Confederation at our summer drinks reception.

Niall was kind enough to be our guest speaker for the evening and discussed his thoughts on the challenges in the sector currently, an insight into his own career and how communications plays a pivotal role in the world of health and social care. Niall’s discussion was followed by a Q + A hosted by Shane Carmichael – Former Assistant Director of Strategy and Communication at the General Medical Council which led to further discussions around some of the issues facing the sector and how best to plan communications around them.

Head of Health and Social Care at Ellwood Atfield, Felicity Lowes said:

‘It was a fantastic evening, huge thanks to Niall for agreeing to the event and to Shane for leading the Q +A. It was great to see so many senior communications professionals were able to join us from a variety of different sectors within the health and social care scene and also to discuss the challenges the sector is facing at present. It was a hugely insightful evening and I’m so pleased the health and social care team at Ellwood Atfield were able to host this event.’


Shane Carmichael, Niall Dickson CBE and Felicity Lowes.


The health policy landscape is forever changing with future legislation impacting both positively and negatively. With many diverse stakeholders, it is essential for transparent dialogue between companies, policymakers and the NHS. Events like this one allow all those working within the space to stay abreast of changes and developments. We were pleased to see so many influential people attend, and look forward to seeing how they shape the future of health care in the UK and Europe.

With a large dedicated Health and Social Care team at Ellwood Atfield, the team works across interim and permanent vacancies within communications and public affairs. If you would be interested in discussing the market or coming along to the next Ellwood Atfield event please do get in touch with Felicity to know more.

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