Community is the best medicine (virtual conference)

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The aim of this event is to explore the role of communities in health and care. We will bring together health and care professionals, community organisations, innovators, commissioners, researchers and policy makers interested in how to create sustainable, community-based health and care.

This event will showcase projects that are innovative, scaleable and have evidence of impact on the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve. Themes include:

  • strengthening community resilience
  • health and care organisations ‘working with’ communities rather than ‘doing to’
  • sharing power and resources with communities to drive better health
  • working with diverse communities to tackle inequalities in health.

Please click here for the full programme

What can I expect at this virtual conference?

Sponsorship and exhibition

If you’d like a conversation about your business goals, and how being involved in this event can help you, please email Chloe Smithers at c.smithers@kingsfund.org.uk. Please click here for more information.

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Sponsor

Novo Nordisk has provided co-sponsorship to The King’s Fund to fund the Community is the best medicine virtual conference. Novo Nordisk has had no control over the content or delivery of the event, with the exception of organising one of the conference sessions as indicated on the agenda.

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Sponsor

Event supporters

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Media partner

Speakers include

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Jane South

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

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Jason Strelitz

Director of Public Health, London Borough of Newham

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Helen Goulden

Chief Executive Officer, The Young Foundation

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Jessica Studdert

Deputy Chief Executive, New Local

Khadija Ahmed

Founder and Director, Afyah Organisation and Afyah Centre

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Alex Baylis

Assistant Director of Policy, The King’s Fund

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Sarah Gorman

Chief Executive, Edberts House

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Cerdic Hall

Senior Nurse Consultant, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

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Mohammed Khan

Community Development Officer, Blackburn with Darwen Healthy Living

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Kiran Kenth

Director of National and Regional Programmes, Royal Society for Public Health

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Vicki Beere

Chief Executive Officer, Project 6

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Heather Richardson

Joint Chief Executive, 1St Christopher's Hospice

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Jennie Popay

Distinguished Professor in Sociology and Public Health, Lancaster University

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Maff Potts

Director, Association of Camerados

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Merron Simpson

Chief Executive, Health Creation Alliance

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Matt Leach

Chief Executive, Local Trust

Week one

Monday 14 June

Access the conference

We will email you a link to access the conference. Please log in and get familiar with the platform. Take this opportunity to introduce yourself to other attendees and visit the exhibition stands. You will need to use an up-to-date web browser. We recommend using the latest Google Chrome on a laptop or desktop for the best experience.

Week two

Monday 21 June

9.30–10.30am - Session one: Why is the role of communities important?

9.30amWelcome and introduction

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David Buck, Senior Fellow, The King’s Fund

9.40amHealthy Communities Together

Hear about the approach of The King's Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) in supporting genuine partnership-working in local areas between the voluntary and community sector, the NHS and local authorities to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities.

Helen Gilburt, Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund
Alex Hayes, Head of Funding (strategic programmes), The National Lottery Community Fund 

9.50amCommunity Power: The Evidence

Learn from both UK and international examples about the evidence of the benefits and impact of community power.

Jessica Studdert, Deputy Chief Executive, New Local
Grace Pollard, Senior Policy Researcher, New Local
 

10.00amThe importance of community and social capital in left-behind areas

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Matt Leach, Chief Executive, Local Trust

Hear about the importance of social infrastructure and capital in building communities, especially in local areas that haven’t been included in plans for renewal.

10.10amLive Q&A

11.00am–12.15pm - Session two: Building community connectedness

11.00amWelcome and introduction

Chair to be announced soon

11.05amHome is for health: hospital is for repair

Discover how community houses are being used in a local area to support groups of local people to lead and design community activities and control budgets, and the impact this community connectedness has had on health and wellbeing.

Sarah Gorman, Chief Executive, Edberts House 
Ella Mirea, Resident, Edberts House 
Dr Mandy Cheetham, Research Fellow North East and North Cumbria Applied Research Co, Northumbria University 

11.20amSupporting the wellbeing of people from ethnic minority groups in Bristol

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Claire Chivers, Learning and Monitoring Officer, Age UK Bristol 

Hear how the BAME Wellbeing Project in Bristol worked innovatively to develop formal, paid partnerships with 8 local community organisations, delivered free group-based wellbeing courses for people aged 50+ from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and have trained Wellbeing Facilitators from the South Asian, Chinese, Somali, Bangladeshi, Middle Eastern and Afro-Caribbean communities. 

 

11.35amWellbeing as a connected experience: the Well Newcastle Gateshead approach

Hear how communities are identifying and developing local assets to build sustainable relationships between artists, community, voluntary and health organisations in four localities in Newcastle and Gateshead to address social determinants.

Mihirini Sirisena, Research Associate, Newcastle University 
Mandy Cheetham, Research Fellow, Northumbria University
Mark Mulqueen, Programme Director, 3Blue Stone Collaborative

11.50amLive Q&A

Tuesday 22 June

8.30–9.15am: Session three: How can community pharmacy and clinical home care empower communities?

This session is sponsored by McKesson. 

8.30amWelcome and introduction

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Jake Beech, Researcher, The King’s Fund

This session will explore the role of community pharmacy and clinical home care in improving health and wellbeing for patients and communities. 
 
Our speakers will discuss the value of community-based health care, the impact of and learnings from the Covid-19 pandemic; and future opportunities to bring care closer to home and deliver services in new ways to support the health of local communities.

Najmin Begum, Pharmacist Manager, Lloyds Pharmacy
Natalie Bingham, Lead Nurse for Oncology, Lloyds Pharmacy Clinical Homecare
Ravi Sharma, Director of England, Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Richard Sloggett, Founder and Programme Director, Future Health and former Special Adviser to Health and Social Care Secretary

9.30–10.45am - Session four: Giving power directly to communities

9.30amWelcome and introduction

Chair to be announced soon

9.35amKeighley Community Health

Hear how the local health and wellbeing board in Keighley has agreed in principle to transfer 1 per cent of its budget to community-level activity from 2022, modelling a genuine shift in power to communities. Learn about the local voluntary sector partnership leading on the development of the community health frameworks to deliver improvements in health outcomes for people in Keighley.

Susie Finlayson, Development Manager, Power to Change 
Bill Graham, Community and Innovation Lead, Modality Partnerships
Vicki Beere, Chief Executive Officer, Project 6 
Katharine Greathead, Head of Evaluation and Impact, Leeds Community Foundation 

9.50amAn examination of pathways towards collective control in the Big Local community empowerment initiative in England

Learn lessons from the evaluation of the Big Local community empowerment initiative, a Lottery-funded programme in which residents from 150 areas in England collectively decide how at least £1 million should be used over 10–15 years to make a positive difference in their area.

Rebecca Mead, Senior Research Associate, Lancaster University
Anne Townsend, Senior Research Associate, Lancaster University 
Elaine Samson, Resident Advisor, Shadsworth with Whitebirk Big Local Board 
Mohammed Khan, Community Development Officer, Blackburn with Darwen Healthy Living

10.15amLive Q&A

11.15am–12.30pm - Session five: Training and using skills within communities

11.15amWelcome and introduction

Chair to be announced soon

11.20amCompassionate neighbours – sharing power and resources with communities to drive better health in relation to end of life care

Hear how hospices are inviting local people to receive training as ‘compassionate neighbours’ and are connecting with people living nearby who seek a new relationship to help them cope with loneliness arising from serious illness and challenges in the last years of life  .

Heather Richardson, Joint Chief Executive, St Christopher's Hospice 
Kate Heaps, Chief Executive, Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice 

11.35amRESTORE2: Peer-to-peer super-training

Learn about a peer-to-peer training project where experts-by-experience, including people with a learning disability and family carers, co-produced training to support carers of people with a learning disability to use a tool that helps them to identify early signs that someone is unwell and to navigate the health service.

Alison Tavaré, Primary Care Clinical Lead, West of England Academic Health Science Network 
Louise George, Senior Project Manager, West of England Academic Health Science Network 
Sandra Akintola, Senior Project Manager, West of England Academic Health Science Network
Hannah Little, Patient Safety Improvement Lead, West of England Academic Health Science Network

11.50amTalk for Health, a power-sharing approach to therapeutic talk

Learn how Talk for Health, commissioned by the NHS in North London, teaches lay people   the skills of therapeutic talk, then supports them to lead and/or participate in an ever-growing network of ongoing groups in an accessible, mutual community practice.

Nicky Forsythe, Founder and Chief Executive, Talk for Health
Cerdic Hall, Senior Nurse Consultant, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

12.05pmLive Q&A

1.00–1:45pm - Session six: Tackling health inequalities through community

This session is sponsored by Novo Nordisk. Novo Nordisk has provided co-sponsorship to The King’s Fund to fund the Community is the best medicine virtual conference. Novo Nordisk has had no control over the content or delivery of the event, with the exception of organising one of the conference sessions as indicated on the agenda.

1.00pmWelcome and introduction

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Deborah Fenney, Researcher, Policy, The King’s Fund

1.05pmTackling health inequalities through community

Hear about the Cities Changing Diabetes programme in Leicester (a joint working project funded and developed by and between Leicester Diabetes Centre and Novo Nordisk) and how the Leicester Diabetes Centre has been working alongside local partners and training community champions in local places of work and worship to raise awareness of type 2 diabetes among their peers.

Resham Sandhu Singh MBE, Chairman, Sikh Welfare and Cultural Society, Leicestershire UK
Sophie O’Connell, Operations Manager, Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic Health, Leicester
Professor Azhar Farooqi, Chair, Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group

1.45pmContinue the conversation with Novo Nordisk – live at their exhibition stand

Wednesday 23 June

9.30–10.30am - Session seven: Supporting communities to assess their needs

9.30amWelcome and introduction

Chair to be announced soon

9.35amLeveraging technology to provide innovative approaches to community engagement, and making the case for prevention

Hear about an innovative, evidence-based approach that shifts decision-making to local communities by engaging them as ‘citizen scientists’ in an investigation about their health and the built environment. As part of this, local communities are asked to identify and map the barriers they face every day when making choices about living more healthily. 

Christine Hancock, Founder and Director, C3 Collaborating for Health 
Antonia Bunnin, Associate for Community Engagement, C3 Collaborating for Health

9.50amWell Communities

Hear about the Well Communities approach, which seeks to develop an evidence-based framework for communities and local organisations to work together to improve health and wellbeing and reduce inequalities, through comprehensive community and stakeholder engagement, needs assessment, asset mapping and co-production of a local programme of community led action, alongside a core programme of community capacity building activities.

Professor Gail Findlay, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Connected Communities, University of East London 
Professor Gopalakrishnan Netuveli, Professor of Public Health, Institute for Health and Human Development (IHHD), University of East London
Elizabeth Walters, PhD Student

10.05amStrengthen, Empower, Nurture (SEN)

Learn about a community approach to family support in East London, focusing on working with families with children with a learning disability, facilitating networks and collaboration to increase community connectedness and enabling peer support.

Rachel Ashcroft, Senior Development Manager, Royal Mencap Society 
Raksha Patel, Family Support Programme Manager, Royal Mencap Society 
Nelufa Akanjee, Family Co-Facilitator, Royal Mencap Society 
Tracey Schofield, 0-5 Collaborative early years quality improvement manager, London Borough of Newham 

10.20amLive Q&A

11.15am–12.30pm - Session eight: Learning from the pandemic

11.15amWelcome and introduction

Chair to be announced soon

11.20amCovid-19 – Deep community engagement in highest risk neighbourhoods in Greenwich

Hear how an established community development approach was used in Greenwich to build a successful local response to the pandemic.

Aideen Silke, Head of Live Well, Royal Borough of Greenwich
Kelly-Ann Ibrahim, Public Health Programme Manager, Royal Borough of Greenwich 
Khadija Ahmed, Founder and Director, Afyah Organisation and Afyah Centre 

11.35amOne Northern Devon – a replicable model built from the ground up

Learn how the place-based partnerships in Northern Devon were able to develop a framework for unleashing community capacity in March 2020 to support residents affected by Covid-19.  

Andrea Lisa, Beacham Programme Manager, Northern Devon Healthcare Trust 
Hannah McDonald, Community Partnerships Manager, One Northern Devon

11.50amCovid-19 community engagement

Discover how the relationship between the diverse communities in Newham and the local authority were transformed during the pandemic, through a community champions programme to foster community conversations.

Anne Bowers, Community Engagement lead, London Borough of Newham 
Jason Strelitz, Director of Public Health, London Borough of Newham 

12.05pmLive Q&A

1.00pm–2.00pm - Session nine: Practical lessons and advice on community approaches to health and care

1.00pmWelcome and introduction

Chair to be announced soon

1.05pmPanel session – practical lessons and advice on community approaches to health and care

Hear some of the key lessons and practical learnings for the health and care system in implementing community approaches.

Kiran Kenth, Director of National and Regional Programmes, Royal Society for Public Health
Jane South, National Adviser on Communities, Health Equity and Mental Health, Public Health England
Helen Goulden, Chief Executive Officer, The Young Foundation
Jenny Pitts, Programme Lead, National Development Team for Inclusion

1.40pmLive Q&A

Thursday 24 June

9.30–10.45am - Session ten: Whole neighbourhood approaches

9.30amWelcome and introduction

Chair to be announced soon

9.35amLeeds Pathfinder sites: evaluating asset-based community development in action

Hear evaluation findings from this Leeds city-wide programme that consists of community builders (paid workers), community connectors (active citizens) and ‘small sparks’ funding, and how it delivers a Social Return on Investment (SROI).

Verity O'Hara, Asset Based Community Development Officer, Leeds City Council 
Joanne Curtis, Community Development Manager and Community Builder, LS14 Trust 
Jennifer Woodward, Research Fellow, Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Beckett University

9.50amTackling domestic abuse: a whole-neighbourhood approach

Learn how this neighbourhood approach has brought together public sector partners with local people to increase awareness of the help available for victims of domestic abuse, encourage the community to have conversations about the issue and identify community champions and increase awareness and training across the entire workforce.

Kim Adams, Programme Director, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Leeds City Council
Rachel Ainscough, Senior Development Manager, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust 
Dr George Winder, Clinical Director, Seacroft Primary Care Network 

10.05amFrom community to system resilience: a novel approach to shift power dynamics in neighbourhoods and address health inequalities

Hear how the Neighbourhood Resilience programme worked with ward-sized neighbourhoods experiencing health and social disadvantage in nine local authorities to enhance resilience through local initiatives to improve social determinants of health that were led and facilitated by the local communities.

Harris Kaloudis, Senior Research Associate, Department of Health Research, Lancaster University
Jennie Popay, Distinguished Professor in Sociology and Public Health, Lancaster University 

10.20amLive Q&A

11.15am–12.15pm - Session eleven: A look at the future of communities

11.15amWelcome back and introduction

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Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow, The King’s Fund

11.20amPanel session – Looking to the future

Hear from our panel what they think the future should hold for the role that communities play in health and care and how we can change the balance of power.

Merron Simpson, Chief Executive, Health Creation Alliance 
Maff Potts, Director, Association of Camerados 

11.20amLive Q&A

11.50amClosing comments

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David Buck, Senior Fellow, The King’s Fund

Weeks three-four

Catch up and complete

You will have until Sunday 11 July to re-watch or catch up on any sessions you've missed. Throughout the conference, we will share PDFs of the presentation slides, links to resources and various materials in the exhibition. Once the platform closes on this date, you will no longer have access to any of the conference materials or video presentations. 

Ticket prices

Please note, there is a £20+VAT surcharge to cover the cost of processing invoices. This is an addition to the ticket price and will be added to your invoice. There is one invoice fee per order, not per ticket. There is no charge for paying by debit or credit card.

  • Public sector, charity or university  £135 + VAT
  • Small-medium sized enterprise (SME)  £190 + VAT
  • Commercial/profit-making organisation  £270 + VAT

Student tickets

If you are a student in full-time education, please email us for a promotional code, with a photograph of your valid student ID. Student tickets are £45+VAT.

Bursary tickets

We offer a number of free bursary places for patients and carers. These places are limited to maintain a balance of voices in the room between patients, service users, carers, and health and care professionals.  To apply for a bursary place please email us a short paragraph explaining why you wish to attend.

Contact details

Booking enquiries

If you’d like to make a booking enquiry, please email Anna Viralainen at events@kingsfund.org.uk

Programme enquiries

If you have any queries relating to our event programmes, please contact Caroline Viac at c.viac@kingsfund.org.uk

Sponsorship and exhibition enquiries

To find out more about our sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please contact Chloe Smithers at c.smithers@kingsfund.org.uk

FAQs

Format and time

High-quality, up-to-date content is delivered to you via an online platform that is open for four weeks. During the first week, you will have the opportunity to log in, test your connection and become familiar with the set-up. The live sessions will take place over four half-days in the second week, giving you the option to catch up on demand until the end of week four.

Virtual conferences mean you can digest content at your own pace and work around a busy schedule. You can pause and rewind presentations and put your questions to our expert speakers. There is an activity feed for public conversations and the option of one-to-one networking. Virtual exhibition stands enable you to interact with a range of organisations who will share expertise and information – all at a time that suits you.

Networking

If you choose to opt-in to networking, you will appear on the attendee list, where other delegates will be able to click on your profile and see whether you are online or offline. 

If you discover someone that you would like to talk to, you can send them a message or invite them to have a one-to-one video conversation during the week that sessions take place. If you are interacting with others like this, be assured that the messages and calls are encrypted and entirely private. If you are offline and another delegate sends you a private message, you will receive an email notification so you will never miss out. 

You are in control, so you can choose whether to accept or decline invitations and you can change your settings at any point in the four weeks, either to opt-in or opt-out of networking. On your profile, you can share as much or as little information about yourself as you’d like, including your contact details, photo and biography, social media profiles or any websites you would like others to see. If you prefer not to share this information and only list your name, that is fine. Your profile is accessible throughout the event and you can update this at any time.

During sessions, there are separate tabs on the righthand side of the video, including a place to post questions for the speakers, make notes, take part in polls and a session chat where you can interact with other delegates.

If you prefer group/public conversations and would like to interact outside the session times, there is the activity feed. Here, delegates can post images and links and reply to one another in conversation threads (like a social media wall). 

Taking notes

If you use the note-taking functionality during the sessions, you can access these later by clicking on your profile image (top righthand side of the screen) and selecting My notes. Here, you can update your notes and add images. These notes will be saved in the platform until the conference closes (at the end of week four). To email yourself a copy of your notes, just click on the small envelope icon

Exhibition

Virtual exhibition stands enable you to interact with a range of organisations who will share expertise and information – all at a time that suits you. 

Games and competitions

Throughout the first two weeks, there will be an opportunity to take part in some fun interactive challenges. Delegates who take part will boost their scores on a leaderboard and be in with the chance of winning one of three prizes.

Resources 

As well as the video content, we will share pdfs of the slides and other materials in the resources section. The exhibition will also contain links, videos and documents from the various exhibitors.

  • Before the event, tell your colleagues that you are taking part and block out the time in your diary. 
  • Make sure you are using an up-to-date web browser on a laptop or desktop. We recommend Google Chrome for the best experience.
  • Make the most of the online community by taking part in the live Q&A sessions and opting in to networking. 
  • In week one, introduce yourself on the activity feed. This is an easy way of ‘getting your voice in the room’, starting conversations and establishing new relationships with colleagues in health and care. 
  • Avoid as many distractions as possible so you can immerse yourself in the sessions as you would at a physical conference. Treat each session as a meeting, put your phone on silent and close down your emails.
  • If you know you won’t be able to watch certain sessions live, you can submit your questions in advance and put aside time in the third or fourth week to catch up on demand.
  • Each session is approximately one hour long and there is always at least a half-an-hour break between sessions so you can take a screen break or catch up on emails.
  • Make sure you secure time in your diary at some point over the four weeks to visit the exhibition stands, where you will find free resources and can have conversations with experts from across the health and care system.

When the event is taking place, we will be on hand to offer technical support, but it is worth using the extra time before the first session to log in and test your connection, just in case.

Throughout the conference, we will share pdfs and links in the resources section and in the exhibition.

The portal is open for four weeks from Monday 14 June - Sunday 11 July, when you will have the opportunity to either watch, save or download these materials. 

Once the platform closes (on Sunday 11 July), you will no longer have access to these resources so please ensure you save everything you need beforehand. 

The King's Fund is an independent charitable organisation working to improve health and care in England. Our events are a key source of income, and this income enables us to continue with our charitable objectives. 

The cost of running a virtual conference is similar to that of a physical event. Although a virtual conference has fewer room hire and catering costs, in order to produce a high-quality event, we still need to pay the costs for the technical supplier, support and developing the platform. With some sessions taking place in our building, we do have to cover some venue costs. We also have a team of dedicated events professionals, content experts, digital, marketing and finance support that work on these events.  

Any profit that is made from these events goes directly towards achieving our strategic priorities. You can find out more about how we are funded here

We offer a number of free bursary places for patients and carers. These places are limited to maintain a balance of voices in the room between patients, service users, carers, and health and care professionals.  To apply for a bursary place please email us a short paragraph explaining why you wish to attend.

When you register for this event, we will ask you to email us at events@kingsfund.org.uk if you have any accessibility requirements.