When is integration the answer to our problems?

The King's Fund

About this event

This event covered:

  • models of delivery being used by other countries and what initiatives specifically are working for frail elderly
  • some myth-busting about when and where integration works best
  • a chance to hear first-hand about the experiences of integrated care programmes and to learn about the practicalities of making integrated care for patients a reality: policy environment, funding, leadership, governance and system change.

Dennis Kodner, International Visiting Fellow at The King's Fund, will use examples from around the world to discuss integrated care models for the frail elderly.

Claire Perry, Visiting Senior Fellow at The King's Fund. will discuss the lessons learnt from approaches to integrated care delivery.


Dennis Kodner, International Visiting Fellow

Dennis Kodner is a health systems consultant with a global practice specialising in care integration. He has an adjunct appointment as Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at McGill University Faculty of Medicine in Canada. He previously directed a number of academic centres on ageing while on the faculties of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of New York Institute of Technology and Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Dennis is well-known for his pioneering work as the Chief Executive Officer of the Elderplan Social health maintenance organisation pilot. He is the author of more than 200 publications on integrated care and innovation in health and long-term care for populations with chronic and medically complex conditions. He has been a special adviser to the World Health Organization, and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Integrated Care, and is co-founder of the International Foundation for Integrated Care. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and received the 1999 Key Award in Gerontological Health Policy, Practice, Research and Education from the American Public Health Association.

During his fellowship with The King's Fund, Dennis will be co-directing a study funded by the US-based Aetna Foundation on care co-ordination models for people with chronic complex conditions in the UK and implications for the American health care system.

Claire Perry, Visiting Fellow, The King’s Fund

Claire Perry has joined The King's Fund as a Visiting Senior Fellow to support our programme of work on integrated care. She will be contributing to both policy and leadership development.

Claire joined from Imperial College NHS Trust where she was Managing Director. There she had responsibility for service delivery, supported the translational research mission of the Academic Health Service Centre and was instrumental in the formation of the Integrated Care Pilot in north-west London.

Previously Claire held the role of Chief Executive of University Hospital Lewisham. Prior to this, she also led the creation of the London Patient Choice Project and directed the programme that formed the Nurses and Midwives Council. Claire has also been a commissioner of service as Chief Executive of Bromley Health and, prior to this, held a number of operational, strategic planning and human resources posts in the NHS.

Claire is Adjunct Professor of Health Management and Visiting Fellow at Imperial College Business School. She was awarded an OBE in 1998.