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

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Have you ever needed to look up an acronym to understand something in the health and care world; wondered how hospitals, public health, social care, mental health and community health fit together; or thought about who exactly is responsible for making decisions? Join us at The King’s Fund Health and care explained event to find out the answers to these questions and more. 

At this event we will explain:

  • how the NHS, social care and public health are structured
  • how organisations are funded, staffed and assessed
  • the differences between primary care, hospitals, community care, mental health services and more
  • the challenges for the future and current plans to address them.

Join us to listen to clear jargon-free presentations, have the opportunity to ask questions of our expert speakers and network with other people with an interest in health and care.

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Engage with leaders and decision-makers from across the health and care sector by sponsoring or exhibiting at this event. To find out more, please email Chris Lazenby or call him on 0207 307 2490 to discuss the opportunities available.

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Programme

8.30am

Registration opens, networking and exhibition

9.00-9.45am

Breakfast session

This session is hosted by AbbVie. Details to be announced shortly.

10.00-11.30am

Session one: The NHS, social care and public health

Find out how the health and care system is structured and why it matters. Learn about the role of social care and see what public health entails.

10.00amWelcome and introduction

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Sally Warren, Director of Policy, The King’s Fund

10.05amHow is the NHS structured and why does it matter?

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Ruth Robertson, Senior Fellow, Policy, 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. 

10.25amWho cares about social care?

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Simon Bottery, 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 people, families and NHS services. 
  • Understand the extent of future demand for social care and the options for funding reform. 

10.45amWhat is public health and who does it?

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Durka Dougall, Senior Consultant and Programme Director, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King’s Fund
  • Learn what public health entails and how it fits in with other health and care organisations. 
  • Find out about the history of public health, who public health practitioners are and where and how they work. 

11.05amThe King’s Fund experts answer the questions you were too afraid to ask

Panellists are:

Ruth Robertson, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund 
Simon Bottery, Senior Fellow, Social Care, The King’s Fund  
Durka Dougall, Senior Consultant and Programme Director, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King’s Fund
 

11.55am-1.00pm

Session two: Current pressures in health and care

Learn about workforce challenges, health and care funding and the relationship between local and national politics and policy.

11.55amWelcome and introduction

12.00pmWorkforce: 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 explore the issues and what can be done in both the short and long term.   

12.15pmHealth and care funding: where are we now and where are we going?

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Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst, The King’s Fund
  • With the health and care system under the greatest pressure for 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.

12.30pmPolitics and policy: the big picture

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Helen McKenna, Senior Fellow, Policy and Communications, The King’s Fund
  • This session will discuss how health and care policy is implemented and the relationships between local and national politics and policy.
  • Hear about how decisions are made nationally and locally, and who the decision-makers are.

12.45pmQuestions and discussion

2.00-2.45pm

Breakout A: What is a hospital?

Learn about the functions and departments of a hospital and understand the interplay between units. 
Delegates can choose between breakouts A and B. 

2.00pmWelcome and introduction

Siva Anandaciva, Chief Policy Analyst, The King’s Fund

2.05pmWhat is a hospital?

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Siva Anandaciva, Chief Policy Analyst, The King’s Fund
  • Follow a patient’s route through a modern NHS hospital.
  • Learn about how the hospital has evolved and what functions and departments are essential to the delivery of health care services.
  • Understand the interplay between units and what happens in each part of what often sounds like a familiar organisation, which in practice entails a lot of complexity.

2.25pmQuestions and discussion

Breakout B: What is general practice?

Learn why general practice sits at the centre of the system, hear about current challenges and find out how primary care networks (PCNs) will work.

2.00pmWelcome and introduction

Beccy Baird, Senior Policy Fellow, The King's Fund

2.05pmThe GPs at the heart of the health care system

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Beccy Baird, Senior Policy Fellow, The King's Fund
  • Learn why general practice sits at the centre of the system and why it is crucial for policy-makers and commissioners to understand its role.
  • Hear how increased demand, funding issues and patient factors shape the reality of serving in primary care. 
  • Discover what primary care networks (PCNs) are and what they will mean for general practice

2.25pmQuestions and discussion

2.50-3.35pm

Breakout C: What are community health services?

Learn about the different services and how they connect with other parts of the health and care system.
Delegates can choose between breakouts C, D and E.

2.50pmWelcome and introduction

Anna Charles, Senior Policy Adviser to the Chief Executive, The King’s Fund

2.55pmWhat are community health services?

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Anna Charles, Senior Policy Adviser to the Chief Executive, The King’s Fund
  • Discover the array of different services included in ‘community health services’, in community health care trusts and elsewhere, and how they connect with other parts of health and care.
  • Hear about the different professions that work in community health care and the role they play in health and social care.

3.05pmQuestions and discussion

Breakout D: What is patient involvement?

Learn how patients and the public are involved at all levels of the NHS and social care and where they can effect change.

2.50pmWelcome and introduction

Dan Wellings, Senior Fellow, The King’s Fund

2.55pmPatients, communities and the NHS: building a person-centred health care system

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Dan Wellings, Senior Fellow, The King’s Fund
  • Learn how patients and the public are involved at all levels of the NHS and social care and where they can effect change.
  • Hear about how the terms involvement, participation, engagement and co-production are used and what they mean for health and care.

3.05pmQuestions and discussion

Breakout E: What are mental health services?

Find out how mental health services work and who is included in the workforce.

2.50pmWelcome and introduction

2.55pmBuilding new approaches to mental health

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Helen Gilburt, Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund
  • Learn about the history of mental health support and provision, what it looks like now and who is included in the mental health workforce.
  • Discover how mental health services are increasingly being integrated with physical health to give a more person-centred holistic approach for patients and service users. 
  • Hear about the importance of investing in the prevention of mental ill health, especially in supporting children’s and young people’s mental health. 

3.05pmQuestions and discussion

3.55-4.45pm

Session five: How commissioning works and further hot topics in health and care

Learn about commissioning within the NHS and hear quick pitches from speakers on a key subject in today’s world of health and social care.

3.55pmWelcome back

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

4.00pmWhat is commissioning and how is it changing?

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  • Learn about commissioning within the NHS – what is it and which organisations are involved? How is commissioning changing as organisations are working more closely together through sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) and integrated care systems (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 with constrained budgets. 
  • Gain some tips on working with clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). What makes CCGs want to work with other organisations, and what are the most common mistakes made by those wanting to engage? 

4.20pmQuestions and discussion

4.30pmQuick-fire hot topics

  • Hear quick pitches from speakers on a key subject in today’s world of health and social care, including Brexit, the NHS long-term plan, primary care networks and much more.
  • Take the opportunity to ask our speakers questions and explore issues that have arisen throughout the day.
  • Make the most of our interactive session to consolidate your learning and get the answers you need. 

4.45pm

Close of conference

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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.

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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 send us an email.

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or call 0207 307 2490

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