Understanding the Work and Health Programme: The Sequel

30th January 2017

Holiday Inn, Birmingham

About the event

The Work and Health Programme is (nearly) here.  In January the DWP will invite tenders from shortlisted suppliers, who will then have just two months to submit their bids. This national event is timed to follow on from the invitation to tender, and will be a must-attend event for anyone with an interest in understanding, delivering or influencing  the new Work and Health Programme.  

What the event covered 


  • Learning and Work Institute’s assessment of the Work and Health Programme Invitation to Tender, including:
    • Programme design – what government wants, what it might get, and what would work.
    • Performance expectations – our assessment against benchmarks from other programmes and for different groups.
    • The financials – independent modelling of capital requirements, cashflow, break-even points and financial risk.
    • The accelerator model – what it is, how it will work, the opportunities and the risks.
    • Client groups – potential volumes, characteristics and needs.
    • Contract package areas – characteristics, scale and viability – with and without London and Manchester.
  • Responses and perspectives from senior figures in the design and delivery of employment services.
  • Views from devolution deal areas on their priorities, role, opportunities and risks.
  • Lessons on service co-ordination, alignment and integration – with views from local government, health, housing and skills.


Confirmed Speakers

Kirsty McHugh
Chief Executive, ERSA
Andrew Thomas
Director of Contracted Employment Provision, DWP
  • Liz Armstrong, Chief Executive, Bita Pathways
  • Zoe Burgess, Sustainable Growth Funds team, Bridges Venture
  • Lynsey Boother, Adviser, Give Us A Chance
  • Deven Ghelani, Director, Policy in Practice
  • Emma Grimes, Communities Manager, Coast and Country, Coast and Country
  • Aaron Henricksen, Associate Director, PublicCo
  • Joanna Hofman, Research Leader, RAND Europe
  • Mark Maddison, Programme Manager Love London Working, Clarion Housing Group
  • John Westby, Head of Fundraising and Business Development, Clarion Housing Group
  • Tony Wilson, Director of Policy and Research, Learning and Work

Confirmed Exhibitors

  • CogniSoft
  • Enham Trust
  • ERSA
  • Give Us A Chance
  • Institute of Employability Professionals
  • Learning and Work Institute
  • Pellcomp Software
  • Shaw Trust

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