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 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.

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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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Programme

9.00am

Registration opens, exhibition and networking

9.45-11.15am

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

We'll explain how is the NHS structured, how social care works and what makes a true population health system. You'll also have the chance to put your questions to The King's Fund experts.

9.45amWelcome and introduction

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Katie Mantell, Deputy Director of Communications and Information, 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 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?

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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

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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.

11.40-12.50pm

Session two: Current pressures

Learn about the current funding pressures in the NHS and what's happening with the NHS workforce. Why are organisations struggling to achieve key financial, emergency care and elective care standards?

11.40amWelcome and introduction

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

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

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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?

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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?

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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

1.45-2.25pm

Breakout A - Medicines policy in the NHS: where are we today?

Delegates can choose between breakouts A, B and C.

1.45pmWelcome and introduction

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Hong-Anh Nguyen, Information Centre Manager, The King’s Fund

This session will explore the process by which medicines are introduced and made available on the NHS. 

1.50pmHow much does the health service spend on medicines and the complexities associated with establishing this

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Leo Ewbank, Researcher, Policy, The King’s Fund

2.05pmThe policies the NHS uses to control medicines use, including recent developments intended to exert greater control over spending

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

Breakout B - Health and care data: creating a better service through data sharing

1.45pmWelcome and introduction

1.50pmHow does data sharing create a better service?

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David Maguire, Economic and Data Analyst, The King's Fund
  • Hear how improving the information available to those providing care is an essential part of helping to improve practice and reduce errors.
  • In this session we explore the data that is usually collected by the NHS and care services, who it is provided to and why we may be behind other nations in improving care through the use of data.

Breakout C - Building new approaches to mental health

1.45pmWelcome and introduction

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Shilpa Ross, Senior Researcher, Policy, The King's Fund

1.50pmBuilding new approaches to mental health

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Helen Gilburt, Fellow, The King's Fund
  • Hear about the Fund's work in mental health, including insights from our national learning network.
  • Learn 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.

2.30-3.20pm

Breakout D - A person-centred NHS?

Delegates can choose between Breakouts D, E and F.

2.30pmPatients, communities and the NHS: building a person-centred health care system

In this session delegates can participate in conversations to explore their experiences of working with patients and communities. There will be a chance to share learning, insights and ideas.

The facilitators will provide their own insights of working with and supporting the development of the new relationship with health care professionals, patients and communities.

Mark Doughty, Senior Consultant, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King's Fund

Breakout E - Know your reviews

2.30pmWelcome and introduction

2.35pmKnow your reviews-from Carter to Berwick

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Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst, The King’s Fund

Seminal documents on independent national reviews are published regularly, setting the strategic direction for health and care system. In this session, participants will learn about key documents from the past three years and 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.

Breakout F - What is commissioning and how is it changing?

2.30pmWelcome and introduction

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

This session will take a deep dive into the world of commissioning and contracting with two presentations focused on how the system is changing.

2.35pmWhat is commissioning and how is it changing?

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

2.50pmHow does the NHS go about contracting for services, what's working, what's going badly and what needs to change?

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Ben Collins, Project Director, The King's Fund

3.40-4.45pm

Session five: Meeting the challenges of tomorrow

What does integrated care really mean and what does the future hold for digital health?

3.40pmWelcome back

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Mandip Randhawa, Leadership Development Consultant, The King’s Fund

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

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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

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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

Discounts

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.

Students

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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