Community is the best medicine: making a reality of community-based health

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At this event we'll be looking at the role of communities in health and care. We'll examine how to create sustainable, community-based health and care, and share learning from areas where communities are taking a key role in improving and sustaining good health.

We will look at examples of:

  • Community development
    Where communities are strengthened so that they can improve their own health – or factors that affect their health – without necessarily relying on formal health and care services
  • Community commissioning
    Where communities have greater control over the commissioning of health and care services and other services that affect their health
  • Communities and service design
    Where communities are directly involved in the selection and design of services  
  • Community organisations
    In pathways of care where the scope of services that the health system is able to provide is expanded, often to include those that support social, rather than medical, models of care.

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Plenary speakers


Caroline Dinenage MP

Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care


Professor Jane South

National Adviser on Communities, Health Equity and Mental Health, Public Health England


David Buck

Senior Fellow, The King's Fund


Dr Charlotte Augst

Partnership Director, The Richmond Group of Charities


Merron Simpson

Chief Executive, New NHS Alliance


Catherine Wilton

Director, Coalition for Collaborative Care


Engage with leaders and decision-makers from across the health and care sector by exhibiting at this event. To find out more, please email Danielle Roche or call her on 020 7307 2482 to discuss the opportunities available. 










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10 per cent discount for 3-4 people.
15 per cent discount for 5-6 people.
20 per cent discount for 7 or more people.

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Bursaries for patients and carers

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Registration opens, refreshments and networking


How can estates play a role in helping local communities to deliver their plans?

This session is hosted by NHS Property Services.

9.00amWelcome and introduction

John Westwood, Director of Asset Management, NHS Property Services Ltd
Breakfast session

9.05amHow can estates play a role in helping local communities to deliver their plans?

Simon Taylor, Head of Portfolio Optimisation, NHS Property Services

What should organisations be doing now to ensure a fit for purpose estate in the future? 

Explore how STPs can be supported to deliver their estate plans to meet new models of care and see how local working, through STPs, can help the NHS to deliver the estate they need for their future plans. 


Session one: Opening plenary

10.00amWelcome and introduction

David Buck, Senior Fellow, The King’s Fund

10.20amKeynote address

Caroline Dinenage MP, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care
Keynote address

10.40amA community-centred approach to health and wellbeing

Professor Jane South, National Adviser on Communities, Health Equity and Mental Health, Public Health England
  • How is involving and empowering local communities central to local and national strategies in England for both promoting health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities?
  • How is the evidence being developed to support local areas to have a community-centred approach?
  • What tools are available to local areas looking to assess their local community assets? 
Keynote address


Breakout A: Communities with a greater role in commissioning health and care services

11.45amWelcome and introduction

11.50amCommissioning community development for health

Dr Brian Fisher, Vice-Chair, New NHS Alliance

Hear about the research and framework produced by the Coalition for Collaborative Care which shows how to approach increasing resident involvement in health-giving activity, mutual aid and community effectiveness across local areas.

12.10pmMicro-commissioning for communities in Calderdale

Caron Walker, Assistant Director, Adult Public Health Improvement, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Providing funding directly to local voluntary sector hubs for them to fund initiatives to address social isolation
  • Challenges around trust and relinquishing control from statutory organisations 
  • How this approach is now embedded and the model which we are pursuing in other areas, eg, Active Calderdale.

Breakout B: Developing social models for health and care support

11.45amWelcome and introduction

11.50amTime credits: catalysing community assets for health

  • Hear how time credits are being used to encourage people to be engaged in their community
  • Learn how this has supported local services through community involvement in shaping and delivering services.

Jude Luckett, Development Director, Spice Time Credits
Owain Williams, Senior Development Manager, Spice Time Credits 

12.10pmJoining the dots: a social model for mental health support

Dr Janet Bliss, Clinical Director, Liverpool Community Programme
Caryn Matthews, Chief Executive, South Liverpool Citizens Advice 
Mette Isaksen, Policy Lead for mental health, National Citizens Advice

Panel session

Breakout C: New NHS Alliance: Developing a wellness workforce - creating the conditions for people to be well

12.00pmWelcome and introduction

Merron Simpson, Chief Executive, New NHS Alliance

This session will focus on what makes people well and what frontline practitioners can do to create the conditions for people to live healthy and fulfilling lives. It will draw on examples from recent studies undertaken by New NHS Alliance into the work of community-based providers.

Speakers include:
Peter Hay, Member of National Executive, New NHS Alliance 


Breakout D: Communities directly involved in service design

2.00pmWelcome and introduction

2.05pmCentral Blackpool Health and Wellbeing Inquiry

Nick Beddow, Facilitator, Shared Future
  • Learn how the Central Blackpool Health and Wellbeing Inquiry brought together a group of local residents to discuss the main things that affect people’s health and wellbeing and what can be done to address them.

A Citizens Inquiry is an example of a mini public, in which a diverse group of local people are given the opportunity to share opinions and experiences with each other and to hear from others before producing a set of recommendations.

2.25pmCommunities Driving Change

Tony May, Programme Manager Health Innovation, The Young Foundation
  • Hear how Tower Hamlet's Communities Driving Change programme takes local people's ideas and turns them into reality.

Breakout E: Changing cultures in health and care through new relationships with communities

2.00pmWelcome and introduction

Alyson McGregor, Director, Altogether Better

In this session we will be looking at how the culture of general practice has been changing, through examples where they have been working with communities locally.

2.05pmAlvaney Family Practice: working together to do things differently

Kay Keane, Practice Manager, Alvanley Family Practice
Dave Chorlton, Practice Health Champion, Alvanley Family Practice

Breakout F: Using communities formed around housing to improve health and care

2.00pmWelcome and introduction

Rachael Byrne, Executive Director, New Models of Care, Home Group

In this session we will be looking at examples of where communities around housing provision have improved health and care for residents, including maximising independence in the community, and specialist care for older people and people with long-term conditions.

More details to be announced soon.


Session four: Building on communities to deliver population-based health systems

3.35pmWelcome and introduction

David Buck, Senior Fellow, The King’s Fund

3.40pmTapping the potential

Dr Charlotte Augst, Partnership Director, The Richmond Group of Charities
  • Hear about the learning from the initial stages of Doing the Right Thing—an approach to building meaningful collaboration between the voluntary sector and public bodies working towards the better integration of services for people with long term conditions. 
  • Hear how voluntary sector organisations in Somerset have become involved in shaping an ambitious place-based collaboration.

4.00pmThe role of communities in designing and delivering integrated care

  • How can communities play a key role in integrated care systems and partnerships?

Catherine Wilton, Director, Coalition for Collaborative Care
Merron Simpson, Chief Executive, New NHS Alliance
Dr Charlotte Augst, Partnership Director, The Richmond Group of Charities

Panel discussion

4.45pmClose of conference

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