Enhanced health in care homes: Developing integrated care: what role do care homes play?

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Session one: Opening plenary

Charlotte Williams, Programme Lead, Care Homes, NHS England
Supporting enhanced health in care homes – more co-ordinated care through new care models

Session two: Spotlight on the vanguards

Bridget Fletcher, CEO Sponsor, Airedale & Partners Vanguard
Enhanced health in care homes - the art of the possible

Dr Phillip Earnshaw, Chair, NHS Wakefield CCG and Paula Bee, Chief Executive, Age UK Wakefield District
Shifting from fragmented to connected care

Session three: Case studies

A: Promoting independence and reablement in care homes

Steph Palmerone: welcome and introduction

Anita Astle MBE: promoting independence and reablement in a family-owned nursing home

Shiv Burton: supporting wellbeing, independence and reablement through joint working across care home and community staff

Tina Quinn: supporting wellbeing, independence and reablement through joint-working across care home and community staff

B: Holistic clinical reviews in care homes

Dr David Alldred: care homes’ use of medicines study (CHUMS): prevalence, causes and potential harm of medication errors in care homes for older people

Karin Tancock: effective interventions in supporting people with dementia

Dr Adam Gordon: optimal NHS service delivery to care homes

C: Role of nurses in care homes

Professor Karen Spilsbury: supporting nursing in care homes

Sharon Blackburn: valuing the role of nurses in adult social care: national context

D: Housing based models of care

Bruce Moore: integrating housing and care services to offer more choice and availability for older people

Jane Ashcroft CBE: transforming approaches to housing with care

Neil Tryner: working with acute trusts

Session four: Closing plenary

Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspectore, ASC
Developing new models of enhanced health in care homes

About this event

An estimated 426,000 people are currently living in approximately 17,000 nursing or residential homes, many of whom have complex medical and biopsychosocial needs. Our ageing society demands a fundamental shift in how health and care are delivered. With the growing need for more integrated working across several sectors to support older people, care homes could play a critical role.

To reduce hospital bed use and improve quality of life for those living in care homes, the NHS needs to work in partnership with providers and commissioners of adult social care to develop integrated systems of shared care and support.

With the Care Act now in force, and Enhanced health in care homes included as a new model in the NHS five year forward view, this timely conference explored how local areas can join up services for people living in care homes.


Charlotte Williams

Programme Lead for Enhancing Health in Care Homes, NHS New Care Models Team, NHS England

Des Kelly OBE

Executive Director, National Care Forum

Professor Martin Green OBE

Chief Executive, Care England

Ian Turner

Chairman, Registered Nursing Home Association

Rt Hon Paul Burstow

Chair, The Commission on Residential Care (2013-14)

Andrea Sutcliffe

Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Care Quality Commission

Professor David Oliver

President, British Geriatrics Society and Visiting Fellow, The King's Fund

Harold Bodmer

Vice President, ADASS and Director of Adult Social Services, Norfolk County Council

Bridget Fletcher

Chief Executive, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Julienne Meyer

Professor of Nursing Care for Older Adults, City University London and Executive Director, My Home Life Programme

Karin Tancock

Professional Advisor for Older People and Long-Term Conditions, College of Occupational Therapy

Jeremy Porteus

Director, Housing Learning and Improvement Network

Jane Ashcroft CBE

Chief Executive, Anchor Trust

Neil Tryner

Head of Business Development, Midland Heart

Bruce Moore

Chief Executive, Housing and Care 21

Professor Karen Spilsbury

Investment Chair in Nursing, University of Leeds

Dr Adam Gordon

Consultant Geriatrician, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and Co-Investigator on Optimal NHS Service Delivery to Care Homes

Sharon Blackburn

Policy and Communications Director, National Care Forum

Richard Humphries

Assistant Director of Policy, The King's Fund

Alison Davey

Community Nurse Manager Newton Abbot Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust

Steve Palmerone

Director, STRO and Independent Consultant and Facilitator, My Home Life

Dr Phil Earnshaw

GP and Chair, NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group

Paula Bee

Chief Executive, Age UK Wakefield

Shiv Bhurtun

Senior Commissioning Manager, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Anita Astle MBE

Managing Director, Wren Hall

Christina Quinn

Director of Clinical and Operational Services, Locala Community Partnerships

Richard Hardman

Head of Business Development, Four Seasons Healthcare

Dr David Alldred

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, University of Leeds

Frank Bernstein

Chair, London and South East Customer Forum, Anchor Trust

Jan Hughes

Registered Nurse, Southern Decon Health and Care NHS Trust


Actualised Living
Five years ago we started constructing Actualised Living for Home From Home Care, the platform for every necessary program in complex social care – HR through to care delivery. Connecting everyone through collaborative working, job satisfaction, ‘command and control’ overviews, it increases financial and patient outcomes. We have started to structure big data, incorporating governance, detailed expectations, fairness and total transparency. Now we are creating the ‘brain’, the Actualised Rota which through risk analysis, will take the platform to a new level – predictability. Next – disruptive innovation with partners creating new hybrid business models that will alter the status quo.

British Geriatrics Society
The British Geriatrics Society is the membership association for professionals specialising in the healthcare of older people across the UK. With over 3,000 members, we are the only society in the UK offering specialist expertise in the wide range of health care needs of older people. Our membership is truly multidisciplinary and includes consultant geriatricians, nurses, GPs, old age psychiatrists, allied healthcare professionals, and scientists.

Skills for care
Skills for Care is the employer-led workforce development body for adult social care in England. Home of the National Skills Academy for Social Care, we offer workforce learning and development support and practical resources from entry level right through to those in leadership and management roles.

The hydration foundation
The Hydration Foundation's mission is to distribute as many free Hydrant drinking systems as possible to those individuals in the community, care homes and hospitals who need them. The multiple award winning Hydrant has been proven repeatedly to massively reduce (80%) falls, urinary infections and the need for antibiotics. It has helped dramatically (67%) reduce hospital admissions from community users.

Partners and supporters

We would like to thank the following organisations who supported this conference. If you'd like to find out how you can support the The King's Fund events please email us or call 020 7307 2584.


Anchor is England’s largest not-for-profit provider of older people’s housing and care. We provide retirement housing to rent and to buy and care homes at around 1,000 locations across England.

Care England
Care England is the leading representative body for independent care services. Its membership includes single care homes, local groups, national providers and not-for-profit organisations. They provide a variety of services for older people and those with long term conditions, learning disabilities or mental health problems.

Registered Nursing Home Association

The National Care Forum
The National Care Forum supports organisations providing care and support services throughout the UK. Our members are chief executives and senior directors of their respective organisations. NCF promotes the benefits of the not-for-profit model of care services provision. All our activities are to assist our members in keeping up to date with developments in the care sector and to promote improvements in the quality of services

Media Partner

Care Talk
Care Talk is an exciting monthly publication with a readership of 24,000+ care providers and individuals across the social care. With regular features, product and services information, business news, case studies and monthly ‘focus on’ there is something for everyone. Born out of the need to hear good news, real life stories and best practice, Care Talk is a pick-up, read and pass-on publication with a fresh, innovative and contemporary style.


Age UK
Age UK is the country's largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life.  The over-60s is the fastest-growing group in society and there are more of us than ever before. Ageing is not an illness, but it can be challenging. At Age UK we provide services and support at a national and local level to inspire, enable and support older people. We stand up and speak for all those who have reached later life, and also protect the long-term interests of future generations.  Our vision is a world where everyone can love later life.

British Geriatrics Society
The BGS is a professional association of doctors, nurses, AHPs and others with a particular interest in the medical care of older people.  It has over 3,000 members and is the only society in the UK offering specialist medical expertise in the health care needs of older people.

Caring Times


City University London
The School of Health Sciences at City University London is a world-leading centre for healthcare education and applied healthcare research. Based in central London, the School offers state-of-the-art clinical skills facilities, academic excellence and a diverse student body to create an exciting, innovative learning environment.

Gold Standards Framework
Gold Standards Framework gives outstanding training to those who deliver end of life care to ensure better lives for people and recognised standards of care.

Housing LIN

independent health and care providers
independent health and care providers (ihcp) is the recognised member organisation for independent providers of health and care services for vulnerable adults and older people in Northern Ireland.  Our members employ 10,000 staff to care for thousands of people in care homes and their own homes.

My Home Life Programme

National Activity Providers Association supports care teams to enable older people to live the life they choose with meaning and purpose. NAPA is a charity and membership organisation that is unique as it focuses solely on activity provision.

pharmaphorum drives innovation within the pharmaceutical industry, by bringing healthcare together through a suite of media services that help produce and disseminate thought leadership, combined with an online platform for communicating messages to a global audience.

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