Health and care explained: how the system works and how it is changing

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This event is designed for anyone working in the NHS, public, private, academic and third sector who would like to gain a greater understanding of how the health and care system currently works and how it is changing. Join us for an informal day of learning and networking and find out the answers to questions you’ve always been afraid to ask.

What will you learn?

You’ll hear from The King’s Fund’s policy and leadership experts, as well as professionals working in health and care about: 

  • how the system works: how it is structured and how money flows
  • NHS reforms: know your STPs from your ACSs
  • relationship-building and working with the NHS
  • what is happening in general practice
  • commissioning and contracting
  • the future of health and social care.

Sponsorship

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Are you interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this event? Email Michael Spencer or call him on 020 7307 2482 to discuss the opportunities available. 

Programme

9.45-11.15am

Session one: How does the health and care system work?

Including: core components; how money flows; commissioners and providers; key priorities for the NHS; social care and population health systems.

9.45amWelcome and introduction

Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King’s Fund

9.50amHow is the NHS structured and why does it matter?

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Ruth Robertson, Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund
  • Understand the core components of the complex structure of the NHS; this will include how money flows through the system, who are the main commissioners and providers of care and how care is regulated.
  • An overview of the key priorities for the NHS over the next few years.

10.10amWho cares about social care?

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Simon Bottery, Senior Fellow, Social Care, The King’s Fund
  • Understand who uses social care services, who works in them and how they are funded.
  • Learn why social care has been under such pressure in the past few years and what impact this has had on people, families and NHS services.
  • Understand the extent of future demand for social care and the options for funding reform. 

10.25What makes a true population health system? Moving beyond health care

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Dave Buck, Senior Fellow, Public Health and Inequalities, The King’s Fund
  • Learn about the core components of a population health system, including the role of the NHS and other sectors such as local government and business. 
  • Share examples of how the NHS shapes our health through its economic and social influence as much as its delivery of services. 

10.40amThe King’s Fund experts answer the questions you were too afraid to ask

  • Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King’s Fund
  • David Buck, Senior Fellow, Public Health and Inequalities, The King’s Fund
  • Durka Dougall, Senior Consultant, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King’s Fund
  • Matthew Kershaw, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund
  • Ruth Robertson, Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund
  • Simon Bottery, Senior Fellow, Social Care, The King’s Fund.

11.40-12.50pm

Session two: NHS reform

Know your STPs from your ACSs.

11.40amWelcome and introduction

Ben Collins, Project Director, The King’s Fund

11.45amNew ways of delivering health and care services – know your STPs from your ACSs

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Durka Dougall, Senior Consultant, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King’s Fund
  • Learn about the organisations working together more closely to meet patients’ physical and mental health needs.
  • Find out what STPs (sustainability and transformation partnerships) and ACSs (accountable care systems) are and what they mean for the NHS and for local populations.

12.00pmLessons and reflections on accountable care – drawing on the Fund’s work and experiences

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Nicola Walsh, Assistant Director, Leadership Development, The King’s Fund
  • Hear examples of international health systems that have undergone whole-system change and what lessons the NHS can learn to help it manage its limited resources. 
  • Learn more about the Fund’s work and experiences in this area and what it can offer to services outside the NHS.

12.15pmKnow your reviews – from Carter to Berwick

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Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst, The King’s Fund
  • Seminal document or independent national reviews are published regularly, setting the strategic direction for the health and care system. 
  • Learn about the key documents from the past three years to discuss not only what they said, but why they are important, and what they mean for how health and care services are planned and delivered. 

1.45-2.30pm

Breakout A: Effective engagement and relationship-building

1.45pmWelcome and introduction

Lisa Weaks, Assistant Director, Leadership and Organisational Development and Head of Third Sector, The King’s Fund

1.50pmCommissioner perspectives on the funding of charities, social enterprises and community groups

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Julia Cream, Fellow, Policy, The King's Fund
  • Hear about our research into the way in which voluntary and community sector is commissioned from a commissioner perspective.

2.00pmHow to build good relationships

Speaker to be announced soon

Breakout B: Productivity and better value

More details to follow soon.

Breakout C: What to do when the NHS says no

1.45pmWelcome and introduction

Kieran Cornwell, Deputy Head of Events and Partnerships, The King’s Fund

1.50pmWhat to do when the NHS says no

  • Understand how best to build relationships with the NHS in order to minimise risk and why it can be helpful to provide evidence of success in other markets first.
  • Learn about the range of accelerators  that can offer much more than funding. 
  • Hear from companies that have built successful relationships with the NHS, gaining the ultimate marker of safety and quality approval.

Speakers include:

  • Dr James Somauroo, Founder, HS.  
  • Dr Alex Young, Founder, HS. and Founder and Chief Executive, Virtimed

2.30-3.20pm

Breakout D: Building new approaches to mental health

Including integrated approaches to mental and physical health.

2.30pmWelcome and introduction

2.35pmBuilding new approaches to mental health

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Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow, The King’s Fund and Helen Gilburt, Fellow, The King’s Fund
  • Hear about the Fund’s work on mental health, including insights from our national learning network. 
  • See how the Fund is working to accelerate the adoption of the more integrated approaches to mental and physical health envisaged in the NHS five year forward view by helping clinicians, managers and service users to work together to overcome common challenges and learn from best practice. 

Breakout E: Understanding the crisis facing general practice – what now?

Looking  behind the media headlines.

2.30pmWelcome and introduction

2.35pmLooking behind the media headlines

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Beccy Baird, Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund
  • Consider whether it really is difficult for people to access their GP and explore the pressures that GPs are under.
  • Learn about our research on what is actually happening and what the potential solutions might be.

Breakout F: New models of commissioning and contracting

What is commissioning and how is it changing?

2.30pmWelcome and introduction

Ruth Robertson, Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund

2.35pmWhat is commissioning and how is it changing?

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Lillie Wenzel, Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund

2.50pmNew approaches to contracting health and care

Speaker to be announced soon

3.40-4.45pm

Session five: What does the future hold for health and care?

Including: funding and workforce; digital health and artificial intelligence; the relationship between the public and the NHS.

3.40pmWelcome and introduction

Alex Baylis, Assistant Director of Policy, The King’s Fund

3.45pmNHS funding and workforce – a bleak outlook?

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Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst, The King’s Fund
  • This session will cover the current funding and workforce pressures in the NHS, recap how we have arrived at this point, and highlight how the NHS is responding.

4.00pmRealising the future of digital health and artificial intelligence in health care

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Harry Evans, Researcher, Policy, The King’s Fund
  • NHS England's Next steps on the five year forward view outlines the plan to harness technology and innovation, but how much progress has been made so far?
  • How can we ensure an effective market, that rewards technological innovation while also protecting the NHS from excessive prices can flourish?

4.15pmThe relationship between the public and the NHS

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Dan Wellings, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund
  • The relationship between the NHS and the public is complex. Although surveys show us that the public is proud of the NHS, and that most people are satisfied with the services they receive, it’s often said that public expectations of the NHS are rising.
  • But what are those expectations? And what should be expected of the public in return? Moreover, as the NHS approaches its 70th birthday and pressures on the NHS continue to grow, have these expectations changed?

Discounts

Group rates

  • 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. 

Please email Annie for your promotional code. The discount will not be automatically applied to your booking. 

Students 

Receive 50 per cent off if you're a student in full-time education. Please email Annie for your promotional code. 

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Members of The King’s Fund SME programme are entitled to a complimentary ticket for this event. Please email Kieran Cornwell for more information about the scheme.

Bursaries for patients and carers 

We offer a limited number of bursary (free) places for our conferences. These are reserved for patients and carers. To apply for a bursary for this event, please email Annie

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