7th & 8th October 
11th & 12th October 
The first two days of the conference will explore the many ways in which Health Partnerships have demonstrated resilience in the face of great adversity. From health system strengthening and programmatic adaptations to the wellbeing of health workers this stream will ask; how have our programmes adapted and our workforce responded?
Recognising the extraordinary positive achievements of those who have flexed their work to respond to COVID-19 the final days of the conference will challenge the tensions inherent in global partnerships and an increasingly challenging global landscape. From intersectionality and GESI considerations to the UK's diminished aid budget, the stream will be led by the partners from around the world. 

THET'S 2021 Annual Conference


7th-8th, 11th-12th October 2021

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We are delighted to be joined by eminent speakers from around the world including...
  • Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England

  • H.E. Dr Lia Tadesse, Minister of Health, Ethiopia

  • Jane Hutt MS, Minister for Social Justice, Wales

  • Steve Lee, Head of Staff Health and Wellbeing, NHS England and NHS Improvement

  • Dr Si Thura, Executive Director, Community Partners International

  • Professor Ged Byrne, Director of Global Engagement, Health Education England


Stark inequities in the availability of COVID-19 vaccines globally and draconian reductions in UK Aid have defined the first half of 2021. What does this mean for a Health Partnership community intent on working in solidarity across borders?

Our 2021 Annual Conference will examine the myriad forms of solidarity across the Health Partnership community in this International Year of the Health and Care Worker and look to the future, as the UK hosts the UN Climate Change Conference in November and works to define itself on a global stage.

Bringing together leading voices from across the health, development, academic and government communities, conference participants will be invited to discuss how the Health Partnership approach has evolved in response to the pandemic, conflict and cuts over the past year; celebrate the continuing exchanges of expertise that have characterised this year; and consider how global solidarity can help to sustain the mental wellbeing of health professionals at a time of unprecedented strain.

In an era of climate crisis THET believes there can be no justification for holding large conferences with heavy carbon footprints. Our Conference this year will therefore remain online and will be held over four mornings to ensure the greatest access for our partners around the world. Supported by Health Education England, Johnson & Johnson and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, join us for our largest and most international conference yet!

Meet our fantastic conference partners....
Health Education England
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Johnson & Johnson 
NHS Scotland Global Citizenship
The NHS Scotland Global Citizenship Programme aims to increase NHS Scotland’s global health contribution, by making it easier for all NHS staff to participate in global citizenship, both here in Scotland and overseas, through the provision of guidance, co-ordination and support.
Nursing Now Challenge
The Nursing Now Challenge was launched in June 2021 under the leadership of Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt at Coventry University, in partnership with The Burdett Trust for Nursing.

The Nursing Now Challenge carries forward the ambitious mandate of the Nightingale Challenge and works with health employers as well as universities and colleges around the world to create leadership development opportunities for nurses and midwives. The Nursing Now Challenge offers employers, universities, and colleges the opportunity to be part of a global movement to support nurses and midwives as leaders, and advocates in health.
Action for Global Health
Action for Global Health (AfGH) is an influential membership network convening more than 50 organisations working in global health. Our vision is a world where the universal right to health is realised and everyone has access to the quality healthcare they need without being forced into financial hardship. 

We mobilise and unite UK-based global health advocates and hold the UK government and other global health stakeholders accountable to achieve our agreed strategic goals. We do this by providing access to key decision-makers, joint advocacy and campaigning opportunities and the chance to participate in an active global health community to drive progress towards the achievement of universal health coverage.
King’s Global Health Partnerships 
King’s Global Health Partnerships connects UK and African health professionals, providing training, mentoring and hands-on support; and we undertake collaborative research to inform policy and practice. Through these long-term partnerships we promote skills and knowledge exchange. We work in Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Zambia.  
Florence Nightingale Foundation

The Florence Nightingale Foundation selects the best nurses and midwives in the UK to become scholars and supports them in realising their potential, provokes change and introduces new practices to positively impact their patients, staff and communities.

The Foundation’s principal focus is on improving health, clinical outcomes and patient experience, through building nursing and midwifery leadership capacity and capability. It does this by enabling nurses and midwives to access sophisticated and bespoke leadership development opportunities, both in the UK and overseas, tailored to the scholar’s needs.

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