Health and care explained virtual conference

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Join us for our first virtual conference of 2022! Our policy experts will help you cut through the noise and gain a greater understanding of how the health and care system in England currently works and how it is changing.

Explore the latest data and hear balanced and honest views from our policy experts about the pressures and opportunities the system faces in 2022.

This virtual conference takes place over four half-days in February. If you're are unable to join all of the sessions, you will have the opportunity to catch up later on demand.

Sign up now and gain the confidence to interact more effectively with NHS, local authority and third sector organisations.

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 Kieran Cornwell at k.cornwell@kingsfund.org.uk 

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Programme

Monday 31 January

Access the conference

We will send you an email on Monday 31 January with information on how to access the conference. Please log in and get familiar with the platform. Take this opportunity to meet other attendees and visit the exhibition. Please note, you will need to use an up-to-date web browser. We recommend using Google Chrome for the best experience.

Monday 7 February

9.30am-10.45am (GMT) Session one: Health care explained

9:30amWelcome and introduction

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Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst, The King's Fund

9.35amHow is the NHS structured and why does it matter?

Charlotte Wickens, Policy Advisor, The King's Fund
  • Understand the core components of the complex structure of the NHS, including 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.

9.55amHow is General practice changing?

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Beccy Baird, Senior Fellow, The King's Fund

10.05amMental health in the health and care system

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Helen Gilburt, Fellow, Policy, The King's Fund

10.15amLive Q&A with:

  • Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst, The King’s Fund
  • Charlotte Wickens, Policy Adviser, The King’s Fund
  • Beccy Baird, Senior Fellow, Health Policy, The King’s Fund
  • Helen Gilburt, Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund

11.00amNetworking and refreshment break

11.00am-12.00pm (GMT) Session two: Public and population health explained

11.00amWelcome and introduction

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Prof Dr Durka Dougall, Senior Consultant, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King's Fund

11.05amPopulation health and public health: what's the difference and what does the future hold?

  • Discover what ‘population health’ and ‘public health’ are and how they relate to each other.
  • Find out how they are influencing the future of health and care and hear about examples of each.
  • Understand the core principles that lie behind a population health approach, and how public health teams help this come to fruition in local places.
  • Learn about key policy reforms that seek to embed population and public health more deeply in health and care policy and practice.

David Buck, Senior Fellow, Public Health and Inequalities, The King's Fund
Prof Dr Durka Dougall, Senior Consultant, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King's Fund

11.45amLive Q&A with:

  • David Buck, Senior Fellow, Public Health and Inequalities, The King's Fund
  • Prof Dr Durka Dougall, Senior Consultant, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King's Fund

12.00pmNetworking and end of day one

Tuesday 8 February

9.30am-10.30am (GMT) Session three: Social care explained

9.30amWelcome and introduction

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Simon Bottery, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King's Fund

9.35amWhat is social care?

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Simon Bottery, Senior Fellow, Policy, 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 people, families and NHS services.
  • Hear how social care is accessed, who social care providers are and what social care services look like.
  • Social care reform

9.55amPanel discussion

  • Anna Severwright, Convener, Social Care Future
  • Angela Boxall, Chief Operating Officer, Majesticare
  • Ewan King, Deputy Chief Executive, The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

10.10amLive Q&A with:

  • Anna Severwright, Convener, Social Care Future
  • Angela Boxall, Chief Operating Officer, Majesticare
  • Ewan King, Deputy Chief Executive, The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
  • Simon Bottery, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King's Fund

10.30amNetworking and refreshment break

11.00am-12.00pm (GMT) Session four: Integrated care systems explained

11.00amWelcome and introduction

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Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow, The King's Fund

11.05amIntegrated care systems explained: making sense of systems, places and neighbourhoods

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Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow, The King's Fund
  • Learn what integrated care systems are, how they’re developing and what they mean for commissioning, health and care providers and how care is delivered locally.

11.20amPriorities for integrated care systems

Elizabeth Wade, Director of System Strategy and Policy, NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • Learn about the priorities for ICSs as the deadline of July approaches (when all ICSs will acquire statutory footing).
  • Hear about the role of the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in ICSs.

11.35amLive Q&A with:

  • Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow, The King's Fund
  • Elizabeth Wade, Director of System Strategy and Policy, NHS England and NHS Improvement

12.00pmNetworking and end of day two

Wednesday 9 February

9.30am-10.30am (GMT) Session five: The public perception of the NHS

9.30amWelcome and introduction

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Ruth Robertson, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King's Fund

9.35amWhat is the public's relationship with the NHS?

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Dan Wellings, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King's Fund

9.45amPublic perceptions and the data behind them

Anastasia Knox, Britain Thinks

10.00amLive Q&A with:

  • Ruth Robertson, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King's Fund
  • Dan Wellings, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King's Fund
  • Anastasia Knox, Britain Thinks

10.30amNetworking and refreshment break

11.00am-12.00pm (GMT) Session six: Health inequalities explained

11.00amWelcome and introduction

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David Buck, Senior Fellow, Public Health and Inequalities, The King's Fund

11.05amWhat are health inequalities?

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Ethan Williams, Researcher, Policy, The King's Fund

11.15amWhat does the data tell us?

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Veena Raleigh, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King's Fund

11.35amHealth inequalities - a policy update

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David Buck, Senior Fellow, Public Health and Inequalities, The King's Fund

11.45amLive Q&A with:

  • Ethan Williams, Researcher, Policy, The King's Fund
  • David Buck, Senior Fellow, Public Health and Inequalities, The King's Fund
  • Veena Raleigh, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King's Fund

12.00pmNetworking and end of day three

Thursday 10 February

9.30am-10.30am (GMT) Session seven: Workforce - current issues and how to tackle them

9.30amWelcome and introduction

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Dana James-Edwards, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, The King's Fund

9.35amOn workforce

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

9.45amDiversity and inclusion in the workforce

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Shilpa Ross, Fellow, Policy, The King's Fund

10.00amLeading with compassionate culture

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Toby Lindsay, Senior Consultant, The King's Fund

10.10amLive Q&A with:

  • Dana James-Edwards, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, The King's Fund
  • Alex Baylis, Assistant Director of Policy, The King's Fund
  • Shilpa Ross, Fellow, Policy, The King's Fund
  • Toby Lindsey, Senior Consultant, The King's Fund

10.30amNetworking and refreshment break

11.00am-12.00pm (GMT) Session eight: Access and innovation

11.00amWelcome and introduction

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Pritesh Mistry, Fellow, Digital Technologies, The King's Fund

11.05amThe backlog and access crisis

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Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst, The King's Fund

11.20amNHSX's vision for digitising social care

Peter Skinner, Programme Director, Digitising Social Care, NHSX

11.35amHow digital health and care is evolving

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Pritesh Mistry, Fellow, Digital Technologies, The King's Fund
  • Driven by the Covid-19 pandemic, general practice has accelerated the use of digital technologies to offer consultations at a distance. Hear about the potential for the transformation of health care through better and widespread use of digital technologies.

11.45amLive Q&A with:

  • Pritesh Mistry, Fellow, Digital Technologies, The King's Fund
  • Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst, The King's Fund
  • Peter Skinner, Programme Director, Digitising Social Care, NHSX

12.00pmLive sessions end

Sunday 27 February

Catch up and complete

You will have until Sunday 27 February to catch up on demand. Throughout the conference, we will share PDFs of the presentation slides, links and documents in the resources section and various materials in the exhibition. Once the platform closes at the end of the year, you will no longer have access to any of these so please ensure you have downloaded all of the materials you'd like to keep before this time. 

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 setup. 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 that 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 that 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 the latest Google Chrome for the best delegate experience.
  • Make the most of the online community by taking part in the live Q&A sessions and opting into 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 of the slides. You will find these at the bottom of each session page and we will post links to related resources in the chat and on the activity feed.

The portal is open for four weeks when you will have the opportunity to either watch, save or download these materials.

Once the platform closes, you will no longer have access to these resources so please ensure you save everything you need beforehand, including any slides, materials in the exhibition and notes you have made.

Please note, you will not be able to download the video presentations.

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 costs, eg room hire and catering, to produce a high-quality event, we still need to pay the costs for the technical supplier, support and development of 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.

If you have accessibility requirements you would like to discuss, please email us at events@kingsfund.org.uk. We will also ask you for this information during the registration process. 

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 this event programme please email us at events@kingsfund.org.uk.

Sponsorship and exhibition enquiries

Please email Kieran Cornwell at k.cornwell@kingsfund.org.uk.

Ticket prices

  • £120+VAT - Public sector, charity or university
  • £190+VAT - Small-medium sized enterprise
  • £250+VAT - Commercial/profit-making organisation

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 £60+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.

Please note, there is a £20+VAT 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 one invoice fee per order, not per ticket. There is no charge for paying by debit or credit card.