The big population health conversation

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This free-to-attend virtual conference focused beyond health and social care to areas where there is untapped potential for local and national action to support healthier lives. We explored how a wide range of organisations – across local government, the voluntary sector, the private sector and local communities – have it within their power to improve people’s health.

Through a series of three hour-long online events, we heard how local areas are making positive strides in improving the social determinants of health and wellbeing by joining up health and care, leisure, housing, transport, town planning, employment, welfare and education. 

The on-demand version of this event can be viewed here.

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Speakers include:

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Jacquie White

Director of System Development for Primary Care and System Transformation, NHS England

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Dr Sakthi Karunanithi

Senior Responsible Officer, Population Health and Prevention, Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria and Director of Public Health, Lancashire County Council

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Harry Evans

Senior Programme Manager, Primary Care and System Transformation, NHS England

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Sally Burlington

Head of Policy, Local Government Association

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Alex Bax

Chief Executive, Pathway

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Professor Chris Bentley

Former Head of Health Inequalities, National Support Team, Department of Health and Independent Population Health Consultant

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Isabel Young

Programme Manager, Places and Communities, The Young Foundation

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Alice Munro

Public Health Registrar, Health Education England (West Midlands)

Session one

Involving others and joining the dots

The session provided guidance on how leaders can enable a culture to develop that allows patients, service users and communities to be involved as active partners in improving health and care.

Session oneInvolving others and joining the dots

There are limits to what the NHS can achieve alone. This session explored how working collaboratively with other parts of the public and third sector – as well as with patients and local people – is crucial to ensuring approaches to improving population health are joined up throughout the system. 

Our expert panel explored the characteristics of collective and distributive systems and adaptable leadership styles needed to improve population health. We discussed how local and regional system leaders and politicians can champion population health and ensure that plans that are co-ordinated across the area and across those responsible for the wider determinants of health are in place.

Speakers are:
Sally Burlington
, Head of Policy, Local Government Association 
Alex Bax, Chief Executive, Pathway 
Isabel Young, Programme Manager, Places and Communities, The Young Foundation
Alex Baylis, Assistant Director of Policy, The King's Fund
Nicola Kay, Deputy Director, Policy and Strategy, Personalised Care Group, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Session two

Moving from numbers to action

‘Population health management’ refers to ways of bringing health-related data together to understand the needs of a local population. This session explored how areas are using that new understanding to deliver transformational change for local people. 

Session twoMoving from numbers to action

Drawing on learning from NHS England’s population health management development programme, we heard how integrated care systems and primary care networks are using linked data sets to generate new insights that allow interventions to be tailored for specific cohorts of patients. 

Speakers are:
Harry Evans,
Senior Programme Manager, Primary Care and System Transformation, NHS England
Jacquie White, Director of System Development for Primary Care and System Transformation, NHS England
Becky Barwick, Head of Programme Delivery, System Integration, NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group
Hannah Davies, Chief Executive, Healthwatch Leeds
Julie George, Public Health Consultant, Surrey County Council.

Session three

Bringing it all together to tackle health inequalities

Our speakers in this session discussed the role of the NHS and the wider determinants of health in reducing the gap between the most and least deprived areas of society.

Session threeBringing it all together to tackle health inequalities

Health inequalities are unfair differences in health status between groups of people or communities and can be avoided.

Our speakers in this session discussed the role of the NHS and the wider determinants of health in reducing the gap between the most and least deprived areas of society. They also explored how to move from theory to practice, create meaningful societal change and monitor outcomes to reduce health inequalities.

Speakers are:
Alice Munro
, Public Health Registrar, Health Education England (West Midlands)
Professor Chris Bentley, Former Head of Health Inequalities, National Support Team, Department of Health and Independent Population Health Consultant 
Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, Senior Research Officer, Population Health and Prevention, Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria and Director of Public Health, Lancashire County Council 
Durka Dougall, Senior Consultant, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King’s Fund.

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Frequently asked questions

This virtual conference consisted of three hour-long online events on a number of topics related to improving population health. During each session, our panel of speakers introduced the topic and shared their insights, before taking live questions from the audience. Between each of the sessions, delegates had the option to ask further questions via our virtual chat rooms and continue their learning by accessing additional resources on population health.

The event sessions are available to watch on-demand here

Please email the events team at events@kingsfund.org.uk if you have any further queries.