Health and care explained (July 2021) virtual conference

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Virtual conference

More than 2,400 delegates have attended Health and care explained, ranging from chief executives of charities to NHS leaders, students and representatives from government bodies. Returning for its 10th run, this conference gives you the opportunity to interact with our policy experts, who will guide you through the latest health and social care data and explain how the system in England really works.  

You will hear balanced and honest views about the pressures and opportunities facing the system in 2021.  

Register now to catch up on demand until Sunday 1 August, when the virtual platform closes.

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 Chloe Smithers at c.smithers@kingsfund.org.uk or give her a call on 020 7307 2482.

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Testimonials

I was exceptionally impressed by the event and would thoroughly recommend it to my colleagues, regardless of their understanding of the NHS as the content is delivered in a clear and insightful manner.
John Harvey, Insights and Analytics Manager, Philips

As someone new to working with the NHS and social care, the presentations were clear, free of jargon and impartial. I definitely feel I understand the complexities and structures more, and even identified where my organisation sits in terms of supporting the desired changes to delivering health and wellbeing locally.
Denise Bailey, Business Development Manager, Bromley Third Sector Enterprise

Well planned, well executed, great speakers and lots of relevant resources. A first rate event by a first class organisation
Allegra Lynch, Chief Executive, Camden Carers Centre

My understanding of the wider healthcare economy and the drivers for health has improved drastically (and I've worked in the NHS for over 30 years!)
Fiona Scarlett, Maternity Investigator, Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

I was concerned about screen fatigue but found that the way it was organised was just enough for enjoying it without feeling exhausted.
Natalia Lewis, Research Fellow, University of Bristol

All the speakers were clear, measured in their response to questions and worked well as a team. The industry and quality of the output from The King's Fund is remarkable and much needed in this complex arena. 
Helen Jellicoe, Clinical and Coaching Psychologist 

As a private sector provider of social care services, this conference provided me with a very useful perspective on the complexity of the health and care system in England.
Robert Connor, Director, Holywell Care Group

Week one

Monday 5 July

Access the conference

We will send you an email on Monday 5 July with a link to access the conference. Please log in and get familiar with the platform. Take this opportunity to introduce yourself to other attendees and visit the exhibition stands. You will need to use an up-to-date web browser. We recommend using Google Chrome or FireFox on a laptop or computer.

Week two

Monday 12 July

9.30am – 10.30am (BST) Session one - Health care explained

9.30amWelcome and introduction

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Helen McKenna, Senior Fellow, Policy and Communications, The King’s Fund

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

Charlotte Wickens, Policy Adviser, The King's Fund
  • Understand the core components of the complex structure of the NHS; including how money flows through the system, who are the main commissioners and providers of care, and how care is regulated.
  • Gain an overview of the key priorities for the NHS over the next few years.

9.55amLive Q&A with:

Helen McKenna, Senior Fellow, Policy and Communications, The King's Fund
Richard Murray, Chief Executive, The King's Fund

10:30amNetworking and refreshment break

11.00am–12.00pm (BST) Session two - Social care explained

11.00amWelcome and introduction

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

11.05amWho cares about 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.

11.30amLive Q&A with:

Simon Bottery, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund
Anne Pridmore, Director, Being The Boss
Stephen Chandler, President, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
Vic Rayner, Chief Executive Officer, National Care Forum

12:00pmNetworking and end of day one

Tuesday 13 July

9.30am–10.30am (BST) Session three - Public and population health explained

9.30amWelcome and introduction

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Durka Dougall, Senior Consultant, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King’s Fund

9.35amPopulation 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. Find out how they are influencing the future of health and care and 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
Durka Dougall, Senior Consultant, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King’s Fund 

10.00amLive Q&A with:

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

10:30amNetworking and refreshment break

11.00am–12.00pm (BST) Session four - Key priorities for the health and care system

11:00amWelcome and introduction

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Helen McKenna, Senior Fellow, Policy and Communications, The King’s Fund

This session will discuss recent trends in NHS spending, the options for the future, and the impact of funding decisions on NHS staff, patients and the public.

11:05amHealth and care funding: where are we now and where are we going?

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Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst, The King’s Fund
  • After a decade of historically low funding growth the NHS was recently given a new five-year funding deal in the hope that this would turbo-charge improvements for patients and the public. But Covid-19 has now dramatically changed the current and future path of health care spending. 

11:20amWorkforce: 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 recruiting harder. 

11:35amLive Q&A with:

Helen McKenna, Senior Fellow, Policy and Communications, The King’s Fund
Alex Baylis, Assistant Director of Policy, The King’s Fund
Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst, The King’s Fund 

12:00pmNetworking and end of day two

Wednesday 14 July

9.30–10.30am (BST) Session five - Integrated care systems explained

9.30amWelcome and introduction

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Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King's Fund

9.35amIntegrated care systems explained: making sense of systems, places and neighbourhoods

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Leo Ewbank, Researcher, Policy, 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. 

10.10amLive Q&A with:

Leo Ewbank, Researcher, Policy, The King’s Fund
Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King's Fund

10:30amNetworking and refreshment break

11.00am–12.00pm (BST) Session six - Covid-19 response and recovery

11.00amWelcome and introduction

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Jonathan Holmes, Policy Adviser, The King’s Fund

11.05amTackling health inequalities

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David Buck, Senior Fellow, Public Health and Inequalities, The King's Fund
  • Learn about the deep inequalities and stark differences in life expectancy that exist between different population groups and areas, and how Covid-19 has exacerbated these inequalities.
  • Hear how increased investment in prevention and public health, and action to tackle the underlying socio-economic inequalities at the root of preventable ill health and mortality can improve the population’s health. 

11.20amThe impact of Covid-19 on health and social care

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Sally Warren, Director of Policy, The King's Fund
  • Hear about how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on health and care services and what is needed to recover.

11.35amLive Q&A with:

Jonathon Holmes, Policy Adviser, The King’s Fund
David Buck, Senior Fellow, Public Health and Inequalities, Policy, The King’s Fund
Veena Raleigh, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund
Sally Warren, Director of Policy, The King’s Fund

12:00pmNetworking and end of day three

Thursday 15 July

9.30–10.30am (BST) Session seven - Looking to the future

9.30amWelcome and introduction

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

9.35amHow 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. 

9.50amPeople and communities: building a person-centred health and care system

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Dan Wellings, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund
  • Learn how the health and care system could ensure that patients and the public, are all involved at all levels of the NHS and social care and where they can effect change.

10:05amSocial care reform

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Sally Warren, Director of Policy, The King’s Fund
  • Understand the drivers for reform in adult social care, and what the key components of successful reform would be.

10.15amLive Q&A with:

Pritesh Mistry, Fellow, Digital Technologies, The King’s Fund
Dan Wellings, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund
Sally Warren, Director of Policy, The King’s Fund 

10:30amNetworking and refreshment break

11.00am–12.00pm (BST) Session eight - Hot topics in health and care

11.00amWelcome back

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

11.05amQuick-fire hot topics

  • Hear from speakers on key subjects in today’s world of health and social care and the issues that have arisen throughout the week.  
  • Take the opportunity to ask our speakers questions that you have not yet had the chance to raise.  
  • Make the most of our interactive session to consolidate your learning and get the answers you need. 

Dan Wellings, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund
Mark Patterson, Senior Consultant, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King’s Fund
Andrew McCracken, Head of Press and Public Affairs, The King’s Fund
Beccy Baird, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund
Helen McKenna, Senior Fellow, Policy and Communications, The King’s Fund

12:00pmClose

Weeks three-four

Closes Sunday 1 August

Catch up and complete

You will have until Sunday 1 August to re-watch or catch up on any sessions you've missed.

Throughout the conference, we will share PDFs of the presentation slides in the lecture theatre, links to resources in the networking area and various materials in the exhibition. Once the platform closes on this date, you will no longer have access to the resources so please ensure you have downloaded all of the materials beforehand. 

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 Caroline Viac at c.viac@kingsfund.org.uk

Sponsorship and exhibition enquiries

Please email Chloe Smithers at c.smithers@kingsfund.org.uk or give her a call on 020 7307 2482

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 set-up. 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. 

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 a 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

Resources 

As well as the video presentations and PDFs of the slides, we will share additional materials in the resources section. These will be available to view, download/ save before the platform closes. 

  • 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 Google Chrome for the best experience.
  • Make the most of the online community by taking part in the live Q&A sessions and opting in to 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.

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 videos and links in the resources section. PDFs of the slides will be available to download in each session. You can access the sessions by clicking on the agenda. 

The portal is open for four weeks from Monday 5 July - Sunday 1 August, when you will have the opportunity to either watch, save or download these materials. 

Once the platform closes (on Sunday 1 August), you will no longer have access to these resources so please ensure you save everything you need beforehand. 

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 room hire and catering costs, in order to produce a high-quality event, we still need to pay the costs for the technical supplier, support and developing 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.

When you register for this event, we will ask you to email us at events@kingsfund.org.uk if you have any accessibility requirements. 

Ticket prices

Please note, there is a £20+VAT surcharge to cover the cost of processing invoices. This is an 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.

  • Public sector, charity or university  £110 + VAT
  • Small-medium sized enterprise (SME)  £170 + VAT
  • Commercial/profit-making organisation  £225+VAT

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 £50+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.