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

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Do you find the health and care system confusing? Have you ever 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 in Newcastle to find out the answers to these questions and more.

Book your early bird tickets now and discover:

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

Join us to listen to jargon-free presentations, put your questions to our policy experts and network with other professionals working in health and care.

See the full programme

'Perfectly pitched - right amount of information and detail. Best health event I have been to for a long time! I think this is a tremendous resource and valuable for those working in the health community.'
Health and care explained delegate, August 2018

Early bird tickets

Early bird tickets expire on Friday 23 August 2019.

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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 Danielle Roche or call her on 020 7307 2482 to discuss the opportunities available. 

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Programme

9.15am

Registration opens

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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Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst, 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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Alex Baylis, Assistant Director of 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. 
  • Understand the extent of future demand for social care and the options for funding reform. 

10.45amWhat is public health and who does it?

Alex Baylis, Assistant Director of Policy, The King’s Fund
  • Learn what public health entails and how it fits in with other health and care. 
  • 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

Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst, The King’s Fund 
Ruth Robertson, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund 
Alex Baylis, Assistant Director of Policy, 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

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

12.00pmWorkforce: is the NHS’s biggest asset about to turn into its biggest risk?

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Helen Gilburt, Policy Fellow, 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.
  • 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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Jake Beech, Researcher, Policy, 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.

2.00-2.45pm

Breakout A: What is commissioning?

Find out how commissioning works in the NHS and how it is changing. Hear from an NHS commissioner and gain some tips on working with clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

2.00pmWelcome and introduction

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

2.05pmWhat is commissioning and how is it changing?

  • 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? 

Ruth Robertson, Senior Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund  
More speakers to be announced soon

Breakout B: What is a hospital?

Learn about the functions and departments of a hospital and understand the interplay between units. 

2.00pmWelcome and introduction

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

2.05pmWhat is a hospital?

  • 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.

Siva Anandaciva, Chief Policy Analyst, The King’s Fund
More speakers to be announced soon.

Breakout C: What are mental health services?

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

2.50pmWelcome and introduction

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Helen Gilburt, Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund

2.55pmBuilding new approaches to mental health

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. 

2.50-3.35pm

Breakout D: What are community health services?

Learn about the different services and how they connect with other parts of the health and care system.

2.50pmWelcome and introduction

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Helen Gilburt, Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund

2.55pmWhat are community health services?

  • 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.

Breakout E: 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

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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.

Breakout F: 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.

2.50pmWelcome and introduction

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

2.55pmThe GPs at the heart of the health care system

Alex Baylis, Assistant Director of Policy, 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.

3.55-4.45pm

Session five: Hot topics in health and care

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.

3.55pmWelcome back

Jake Beech, Researcher, Policy, The King’s Fund

4.00pmQuick-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’re looking for.

Siva Anandaciva, Chief Policy Analyst, The King’s Fund
Alex Baylis, Assistant Director of Policy, The King’s Fund
Jake Beech, Researcher, Policy, The King’s Fund
Helen Gilburt, Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund
Ruth Robertson, Senior Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund 
Dan Wellings, Senior Fellow, The King’s Fund

4.25pmQuestions and discussion

4.45pmClose of conference

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Early bird tickets

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