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

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Have you ever needed to look up what the terms ‘STPs’, ‘ICS’ and ‘ACS’ stand for; wondered where social care sits in the health and care system; or thought about who exactly is responsible for making decisions? Join us in Leeds at The King’s Fund Health and care explained event to find out the answers to these questions and more. 

With health and care undergoing radical change and reform, you'll learn how we arrived at today’s situation, the key challenges and their possible solutions, as well as considering what the future might bring.

Group discounts available - find out more.

This conference is also taking place in London on 13 March 2019.

Sponsorship and exhibition

Engage with leaders and decision-makers from across the health and care sector by exhibiting at this event. To find out more, please email Danielle Roche or call her on 020 7307 2482 to discuss the opportunities available. 





Group discounts

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.



Registration opens, refreshments and networking


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

9.45amWelcome and introduction

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

Ruth Robertson, Senior 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 for the next few years.

10.10amWho cares about social care?

Lillie Wenzel, Policy Fellow, 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.
  • 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

Dr 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 about key areas of current focus that could bring these even closer together.

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

Ruth Robertson, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund
Lillie Wenzel, Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund
Dr Durka Dougall, Senior Consultant, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King’s Fund


Session two: Current pressures

11.40amWelcome and introduction

Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst, The King’s Fund

Siva will be joined for each part of the session by a local expert. Speakers to be announced soon.

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

  • 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.
  • In this session we explore the issues and what can be done in both the short and long term.

12.00pmHealth and care funding: where are we now and where are we going?

  • With the health and care system under the greatest pressure in a generation, this session will cover the scale of the issue and how organisations are responding. 
  • The session will also discuss the options being considered to place health and care funding on a firmer footing in the long-term.

12.15pmWhy is reaching targets now a struggle?

  • Hear about why frontline pressures for health and care stuff are now a year-long phenomenon and organisations struggle to achieve key financial, emergency care and elective care standards. 
  • Understand how the current challenges for frontline staff across England influence the delivery of care in the NHS.

12.25pmQuestions and discussion


Breakout A: Transformational change - why it is important to work together

1.45pmWelcome and introduction

1.50pmTransformational change: why it is important to work together

Dr Durka Dougall, Senior Consultant, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King’s Fund
  • In this session, hear how the NHS is currently transforming its working culture by focusing on staff and communities, and why it is important to work in partnership involving citizens, the third sector, politicians, and crucially, patients.

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?

Harry Evans, Policy Researcher, 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.
  • Explore the quantitative data that is usually collected by the NHS and care services, who it is provided to and discover some of the gaps in data reporting you might not expect.
  • Learn from a practical example of how qualitative data can change practice by hearing about how an NHS trust used information on patient experience to improve the quality of care they provided.

Breakout C: Building new approaches to mental health

1.45pmWelcome and introduction

1.50pmBuilding new approaches to mental health

Chris Naylor, Senior Fellow, The King's Fund
  • 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.
  • Hear about the importance of investing in prevention of mental ill health, including evaluating interventions to support children and young people’s mental health, and supporting the delivery of local mental health prevention plans as part of the Prevention Concordat. 


Breakout D: Creating healthy places: the power of mobilising the community

2.30pmWelcome and introduction

2.35pmCreating healthy places: the power of mobilising the community

Chris Naylor, Senior Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund
  • To improve the health of the population the NHS and local authorities need to work in partnership with communities, using asset-based approaches to harness the strength and creativity of local people. This workshop will draw on insights from our latest research on the Wigan Deal and on NHS England’s Healthy New Towns programme. 

Breakout E: Know your reviews

2.30pmWelcome and introduction

2.35pmKnow your reviews - from Carter to Berwick

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 systems.
  • 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

Lillie Wenzel, Fellow, Policy, The King's Fund
  • Learn about commissioning within the NHS. What is it and which organisations are involved? How is it changing as organisations are working more closely together through STPs and ICSs?
  • Hear from an NHS commissioner about the highs and lows of working in the system; the opportunities for improving services and the challenges of working within constrained budgets.
  • Gain some tips on working with CCGs. What makes CCGS want to work with other organisations, and what are the most common mistakes made by those wanting to engage?


Session five: Meeting the challenges of tomorrow

3.40pmWelcome back

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 health and artificial intelligence in health care

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

4.45pmClose of conference

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