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

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On 7 March we held our first Health and care explained conference. It was so popular that we're repeating it in August.

This conference 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.

My whole team got a great deal out of it and as a result we are all far better informed about the landscape and challenges facing the NHS.
A good chance to get an objective view and interact with some different people from different backgrounds. Stimulating.

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Registration opens, exhibition and networking


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

9.45amWelcome and introduction

Chris Ham, Chief Executive, The King’s Fund

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

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 the main commissioners and providers of care are, and how care is regulated.
  • Gain an overview of the key priorities for the NHS over the next few years.

10.10amWho cares about social care?

Richard Humphries, Senior Fellow, Social Care, The King’s Fund
  • Understand who uses social care services, who works in them and how they are funded.
  • Learn about the role of social care and the importance of delivering the right social care for individuals, families and NHS services.
  • Understand the extent of future demand for social care and the options for funding reform.

10.30amWhat makes a true population health system? Moving beyond health care

Durka Dougall, Senior Consultant, Leadership and Organisational Development, 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.
  • Learn about the link between integrated care and population health, and find out about developments that could bring these two areas even closer together.

10.50amThe King’s Fund experts answer the questions you were too afraid to ask

Facilitator: Matthew Kershaw, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund

Panel includes:

  • Ruth Robertson, Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund
  • Richard Humphries, Senior Fellow, Social Care, The King’s Fund
  • Durka Dougall, Senior Consultant, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King’s Fund.


Refreshment break, exhibition and networking


Session two: Current pressures

11.40amWelcome and introduction

Helen McKenna, Senior Policy Adviser, The King’s Fund

11.45amWorkforce: is the NHS’s biggest asset about to turn into its biggest risk?

Alex Baylis, Assistant Director of Policy, The King’s Fund
  • Hear how high numbers of vacancies mean workforce planning is becoming a big risk for the sustainability of the NHS and why Brexit may make overseas recruitment harder.
  • In this session we will explore the issues and what can be done in both the short and long term.

12.00pmNHS funding: a bleak outlook?

Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst, The King’s Fund
  • Hear about the current funding pressures the NHS is facing. 
  • Learn how the NHS arrived at this point and how it is responding.

12.15pmWhy is reaching targets now a struggle?

Matthew Kershaw, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund
  • Hear about why frontline pressures for health and care staff are now a year-round phenomenon and why organisations struggle to achieve key financial, emergency care and elective care standards. 
  • Learn how the current challenges for NHS frontline staff across England impact on the delivery of care.

12.25pmQuestions and discussion

Sessions three and four: Breakouts

Delegates will have the choice of attending two breakout sessions. 

More information to follow soon


Session five: Meeting the challenges of tomorrow

3.40pmWelcome back

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

3.45pmDoing things differently: what does integrated care really mean?

Anna Charles, Senior Policy Adviser to the Chief Executive, The King’s Fund
  • Learn why the NHS is trying to join up services and deliver care closer to people’s homes.
  • Hear how health and care organisations are putting these ambitions into practice.

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

Harry Evans, Researcher, Policy, The King’s Fund
  • Hear how much progress NHS England has made so far in harnessing technology and innovation. 
  • Find out how can we can ensure an effective market that rewards technological innovation, while also protecting the NHS from excessive prices.

4.15pmQuestions and discussion

4.45pmClose of conference


Bring the team

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 a promotional code. The discount will not be automatically applied to your booking.


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

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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Can I pay by invoice?

Yes. Please select your tickets and once you're through to the registration form, you can amend the 'payment method' from credit card to 'pay by invoice'. Please note, there is a £20 surcharge to cover the cost of processing invoices. This is in addition to the ticket price and will be added to your invoice. There is no charge for paying by debit or credit card.